I borrowed it from a friend at work because she was gushing about it in the Staff Room one day. I kept it for so long because I loved it so much and I just knew I'd end up blogging about it. So I had to keep it "for research purposes". I knew the owner had asked me to pick her up some Hawaiian coffee when I was in Hawaii on the March Break. So I wondered if she would accept a trade? -- The coffee for the book! It wasn't an easy decision for her (she obviously loved the book too) so she mulled it over at home for a night. The next day she told me it was a deal -- and so I had my book!
Why was I so attached to this book? Here is part of the reason:
The story, which takes place after the end of World War II is told in a series of letters. A writer named Juliet Ashton who became famous during the war for her humor column, decides she is tired of that syle of writing. Then she receives a letter from an unknown man from the island of Guernsey named Dawsey Adams who has found a book of essays by Charles Lamb which used to belong to her. When she answers him back, they begin a correspondence which also includes many other acquaintances of Dawsey's. The letter writing results in her wanting to visit the island (which had been occupied by the Nazis during the war) to interview residents about their experiences and the bond which was forged between them by their love of reading as an escape from the harshness of wartime reality.
The plot is explained much better by one of the authors, in this video:
Here is the other reason I loved this book. I envisioned the main male character as a perfect movie role for Richard Armitage. I am not the only person who feels this way. Yesterday Maria Grazia who also reviewed this book on her blog Fly High! alerted her Facebook friends to a Facebook page called Richard Armitage for Dawsey Adams Campaign It is trying to persuade people that Richard Armitage should play Dawsey Adams in the movie adaptation of the book. According to Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) the film is due out in 2013. I hope there is time for Mr. Armitage to conclude his part in the The Hobbit movie in order to be available for filming this movie.
Although I could picture Richard Armitage right away as I got to know the character of Dawsey Adams, it was when he appeared wearing this hat that I was absolutely convinced he would look the part in a movie role.
His gentlemanly manners and shy demeanor in real-life are similar to Dawsey.
|Signing autographs.. or writing a letter to Juliet?|
Have you read this book? If so, who else would you want to cast in this movie for the role of Dawsey or Juliet or any of the other roles? Here is a website where you can make your suggestions. Or write me a comment below.