People of the Book

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As meticulously researched as all of Brooks' previous work, People of the Book is a gripping and moving novel about war, art, love and survival. When Hanna Heath gets a call in the middle of the night in her Sydney home about a precious medieval manuscript that has been recovered from the smouldering ruins of war-torn Sarajevo, she knows she is on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. A renowned book conservator, she must now make her way to Bosnia to start work on restoring the Sarajevo Haggadah - a Jewish prayer ...

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Lasca A

Feb 13, 2014

Great Read!!!

I couldn't wait to turn the page. It is a well written, wonderful journey. I also recommend other words by this author, Geraldine Brooks and her husband, Tony Horwitz.

Jane T

Apr 26, 2012

Worth Reading

The history is well-researched and excellent. The romantic aspects of the plot a bit sappy. Brooks' background as a journalist usually stands her in good stead. Liked other books of hers better. My book group read it and were pretty well in accord about this book.

Laurie D

Sep 7, 2011

Fantastic Historical Fiction

This book is about the people, who possibly illuminated, wrote and protected the Sarajevo Haggadah, through its history. Believed to have been written it 15th century Spain, it now resides in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

The story starts with a rare book expert Hanna, who is hired to analyze and catalog the manuscript, she finds within the binding several artifacts, an insect wing, wine stains, salt and a white hair. From there the book goes back in time to how each of these items may have come to end up in the book. The chapters alternate between present day (1996) to the years that these items may have come to be. A very rich and vivid history of the religions of these times Jewish, Islamic & Christian, how at times they existed in harmony and others at in total war.

Robert M

Dec 16, 2010

Transport yourself across 500 years

A wonderful journey from the perspective of many voices A great read.

jaine R

Aug 8, 2010

loved reading a fresh idea

i really enjoyed this book. frequently we read the same stories over and over again. this was a historical fiction presented in a new way and what might have been. the story was well crafted and hard to put down

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