Friday, October 23, 2009

My Bookgroup's Book for November

We're reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society for November. I'm loving this book. I've already written down several quotes I want to remember. Here's one: Have you ever noticed that when your mind is awakened or drawn to someone new, that person's name suddenly pops up everywhere you go? My friend Sophie calls it coincidence, and Mr. Simpless, my parson friend, calls it Grace. He thinks that if one cares deeply about someone or something new, one throws a kind of energy out into the world, and "fruitfulness" is drawn in.

I've had that happen to me many times. I've stopped thinking of it as coincidence. I don't believe in coincidence anyway, good Calvinist that I am. I think it's more of an awareness.

I'll post more later from this wonderful book. I wasn't sure where this island was located. I knew it belonged to England and was somewhere around the British Isles. Well, it's in the English Channel between England and France. I'd like to visit Guernsey some day. I have seen the cows from there. That has to count for something!


Jeannette said...

Hi there, I just finished this book and will be interested in your response when you are all the way through it. It is sweet,very cleaverly constructed and documents some profoundly painful history but I also found a bit of attitude in it and a few axes to grind that made me uncomfortable.

Gretchen Joanna said...

I became interested in the island of Guernsey after reading Elizabeth Goudge's Green Dolphin Street, much of which takes place there. A movie was made of the story...I wonder if it was filmed on the island. In any case, it has a quite romantic place in my mind from that book.

kslaughter said...

Hi Debbie,
Well, you never know when you're one click from a kindred spirit, do you?! I can't even begin to tell you how much your bio reads like mine! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words. I am enjoying going through your posts here & your photography (especially your banner!) is just gorgeous. I take awful pics--just haven't taken the time to learn more. I wanted to let you in on a class I'm taking on line with a watercolor artist from Florida--you might want to check out her class site:

Laure is an excellent teacher. Well, I'll be back very soon~~