December 13th, 2011

reading/writing, books

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (mostly)

I started reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society today, and I'm really enjoying it thus far. It's an epistolary novel set in Britain immediately after WWII, focusing on an English writer (journalist/columnist) and her unlikely, unexpected, long-distance friendship with some folks in a very rural town in Guernsey, "a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy" which was occupied by the Nazis for 5 years during the war. The writer exchanges letters with these island folks, in which they describe the events during the occupation, including their book club and its origins in a need to hoodwink the German soldiers regarding their activities. I haven't gotten much past that, but it's been enough to get me pretty interested.

Surprisingly, given the subject matter, there's a steady current of humor through the book, which I'm loving.

On audio, I've only just barely begun The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga, which is (if the blurbs are to be believed) an unsentimental-but-darkly-comic look at modern India through the eyes of a cab driver. I've been interested in Indian culture for quite some time, and have read quite a few novels by Indian authors from various time periods, so I'm curious to see (hear) a different take on things. I've only listened to maybe 10 minutes thus far, though, so I don't have much of a sense of it yet.