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Beyond the Lone Islands

Monday, 6 July 2009

Quotation of the Week (28/09)

That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
From The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyby Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This book, which I bought on Friday and also quoted from in this post (3 July 2009), turned out to be the kind that was hard to put down until I had finished it, which I did today. A book full of love and warmth but also sadness; and I learned things I never knew about the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. The whole book is written in the form of letters exchanged between several people. This gives a personal tone, and at the same time the book tells a progressive story, in which you gradually get to know the characters as well as events in their past. I think it is a book I will want to return to, and - in accordance with the quotation above - also perhaps check out some of the references to other books and authors mentioned in it...


rae said...

I thought this book was amazing, too!

Leigh Russell said...

I see you like Ruth Rendell. My publisher has put a sticker on my book which says: "If you like Ruth Rendell you will love this book." You might like to read Cut Short, the first in a new series of crime thrillers. It's been receiving good reviews and I think you'll like it.


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