Sunday, November 15, 2009
People of the Book by, Geraldine Brooks
From Amazon~Amazon Best of the Month, January 2008: One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, has turned the intriguing but sparely detailed history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich, thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey. In the hands of Hanna Heath, an impassioned rare-book expert restoring the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, it yields clues to its guardians and whereabouts: an insect wing, a wine stain, salt crystals, and a white hair. While readers experience crucial moments in the book's history through a series of fascinating, fleshed-out short stories, Hanna pursues its secrets scientifically, and finds that some interests will still risk everything in the name of protecting this treasure. A complex love story, thrilling mystery, vivid history lesson, and celebration of the enduring power of ideas, People of the Book will surely be hailed as one of the best of 2008. --Mari Malcolm
This was a very engaging book .I found this story fascinating but it is hard to put a synopsis in because this book is the story of one book The Haggadsh that spans 500 years. Where it’s been- who has it and how it got there.
The characters in all the different time periods are fully fleshed out and really make you feel your right there with them. This book takes you on a fascinating journey through history and truly makes you care what happens to the Haggadsh.
I found myself just as engrossed with the book (in the book) as the narrator, I would recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction.
I give it 4 Stars