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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 274 page book.

*Sexual and Violence incidents coming soon! We'll change this number once these incidents are included.

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Key Words: Historical Fiction, Contemporary

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Book Description:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. From the Hardcover edition.


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Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 19 Incidents

d*mn, d*mmit, d*mned, h*ll,

Anatomical Terms - 1 Incidents


Scatological Terms - 8 Incidents

bl**dy, p*ss, sh*t

Religious Profanities - 32 Incidents

God/Lord knows, Lord, for God's sake, God, thank heavens, godforsaken, God d*mn, Christ

Derogatory Terms - 9 Incidents

J*rry-bag, b*st*rd, Huns, whores, booby, hussies

Violence - 4 Incidents

This book does mention some of the atrocities of war, the afflictions of the soldiers, townspeople and Jews. It is not graphic - just providing enough detail to know what happened to certain characters.

Mentions that people "would stand in that feces and filth up to their chests, trying to catch the fish in their hands. to eat them."

"You could see those poor drowned women - their yellow hair (bleached hussies, my aunt called them) spread out in the water, washing against the rocks" after their boat sunk.

A brother comes home to find his parents killed and his sister holding the knife - she is declared insane and he cares for her.

Conversation Topics - 8 Incidents

Mentions drinking and getting drunk.

Several of the main characters in the book are not very forgiving/kind towards religion. Sometimes they have legitimate questions and other times it is slight mockery. "It is called 'Was There a Burning Bush? A Defense of Moses and the Ten Commandments'. She liked your note 'Word of God or crowd control???'' Another example: "Well, he shouldn't have written, 'His eye is on the sparrow' - what good was that? Did He stop the bird from falling down dead? Did He just say, 'Oops'? It makes God sound like He's off bird-watching, when real people need Him." Another example, and this from a lady that survived a concentration camp: "If there is Predestination, then God is the devil."

A lady is only sorry that she didn't throw a teapot lower, hitting a man in the groin.

Mentions that someone took laudanum.

One of the women in the story is a practicing witch. She is often making elixirs and potions to sell or give to friends for their headaches etc. Does not mention magic or incantations etc.

A lady gets into phrenology and the study of reading head bumps to determine a person's personality and/or future.

Mentions palm reading.

A man pretends to hear from cats/dead cats and tries to console a little girl about how her dead cat is now living in France and living out its fourth life.

Sexual Content

Lust - 2 Incidents

A man wishes to see beauty queens in bathing dress.

"Peter was delighted, though surprised to see Miss Hayworth posing in her nightdress! Kneeling on a bed! What was the world coming to?"

Making Out/Sex - 8 Incidents

A man and woman kiss.

A man has two separate households with two separate mistresses.

Mentions that a man did not sire a girl but one could speculate.

"He did hanker after one woman, Lesbia, who spurned him after taking him into her bed."

A woman knows that with the heading "What Women Fear Most" is us supposed to write about sex, but writes about chickens instead.

A woman dates German soldiers in exchange for stockings and lipstick - sex is implied.

It mentions that German soldiers, after having sex at the brothels, were "not at their peak of fitness" so this man would play pranks on them and taunt them on their walk home.

Mentions a man has a mistress.

Homosexuality - 2 Incident

One of the characters is a homosexual. This is mentioned a few times and really only referenced when certain people think he and the main female will get hitched some day.

A lady breaks off her engagement. She is taunted and asked why she did: "Other women? A touch of the old Oscar Wilde?" (implying homosexuality).

Miscellaneous - 2 Incidents

Mentions menstruation and how women were not given anything to hide the blood when they were in the concentration camps. Often, the female guards would beat them when they saw they were bleeding.

Describes dresses "larded with jet beads at bosom and hem."

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