Book society leads to self-discovery in ‘Guernsey’


A drunk man shouldn’t name a society. If it’s named in front of the Germans during the German occupation, then it will have to be taken seriously if one does not want to be caught doing something against the rules.

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is a Netflix original starring Lily James as a London writer, Juliet, who doesn’t find herself- as a writer and a human being- until she embarks on this journey.

Juliet starts exchanging letters with residents of Guernsey and decides to visit the man she has been exchanging letters with. She gets more out of her visit than what she originally expected. She learns of how the book club on Guernsey was formed during the WWII German occupation.

Elizabeth, a member of the society, forms the club under pressure as she is confronted by a group of Germans. This society was just an excuse for what they were really doing, but this society becomes their sanctuary.

As Elizabeth brought all the members of the society together, she plays an interesting role in the movie. The movie would have been interesting told in her point of view, but at the same time, it wasn’t her story to be told.

Elizabeth changes a lot and plays a crucial role, even though she isn’t truly in the movie. The memory of her reminisces with the members of the society.

Juliet is an outcast when she arrives on the island, and she tries to figure out what happened to Elizabeth as she is the only one not on the island. Nobody tells Juliet the truth until she starts doing her own research and figuring it out herself. What happened to Elizabeth is a mystery, and with every new piece of information, you feel more connected to the people in the movie.

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” brings the audience into their world with the fashion and the lifestyle. It’s a way to experience what cannot be experienced anymore. Enhanced in the movie, the Netflix original is like no other.

It felt as if the audience was brought to the lavish parties to go dancing and drinking. And when the truth comes out at Guernsey, the grief portrayed towards a certain loss is felt, even if it was somewhat predictable.

What fate do these people have? The expectation of the mood of the movie was uncertain at first. WWII was not full of puppies and butterflies. From the title, one might expect the movie to be a humorous and uplifting one.

In the very beginning, Juliet enters a room, but an image flickers. It is hard to tell what type of image this is. At first glance, it looks as if the room she entered was going to be bombed, but the audience finds out later that it was a flashback of when her parents died during the height of WWII. It was short, but this scene made it seem like the movie was going to be portrayed in this way.

Overall, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is a happy movie with a happy ending. In the end, there is a sense of completion. Everything is resolved, and although there was suffering during and after the war, everything happens for a reason.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)