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Monday, August 10, 2009

Book Review: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks


People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks is worth the praise. Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert and conservationist, is called upon to analyze and conserve the famed Sarajevo Haggadah.

The Sarajevo Haggadah was created in the middle of the 14th century, the golden age of Spain. There are many theories about its creation and the identity of the artist who illuminated it. What is known is that there are two coats of arms, one representing a rose and the other a wing. The book is beautiful and has the mysterious history of a beautiful, unidentified woman. It is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images.

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The Haggadah survived the Inquisition, the Second World War, the Bosnian War, and countless other close calls.

In Brooks’ novel, the Haggadah must also survive a form of repatriation.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks delivers a great unraveling.

People of the Book in Google Book Search
Geraldine Brooks
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People of the Book melds the known stories of the Haggadah with the imagined stories of Geraldine Brooks.

I have to keep better track of my favourite authors - I LOVED Year of Miracles and March as well. Adding this to my wish list…NOW!

Oh good to know. This is the first book of hers that I’ve read but it’s definitely my preferred style of fiction—bit of truth with lots of imagination filling in the gaps.

Hello Monique, first of all thanks for sharing really very nice and good info on Geraldine Brooks. I read so many books which is written by this author like March: A Love Story in a Time of War, Romances of Colonial Days. Those books are really nice, i read here on People of the Book, i read your review info on this book, surely i will read when i will free. Thanks for your nice info.

People of the Book is really nice to read & thanks for your review as well. His book March was really cool.

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