People of the Book

People of the Book From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and warIn Hanna Heath an Australian rare book expert is offered the job

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and warIn 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war Priceless and beautiful, the book iFrom the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and warIn 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair she begins to unlock the book s mysteries The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book s journey from its salvation back to its creation In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis In the hedonistic salons of fin de si cle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city s rising anti Semitism In inquisition era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed Hanna s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra nationalist fanatics Her e

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Australian born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master s program at Columbia University in New York City Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans.She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and People of the Book is a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.Brooks married author Tony Horwitz in Tourette sur Loup, France, in 1984 They have two sons Nathaniel and Bizuayehu and two dogs They divide their time between homes in Martha s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Sydney, Australia.

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  1. A Review of People of the Book or, Why I Hate the Kindle Brooks s novel is a fictionalized account of the real Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish religious text noteworthy for its inclusion of an illuminated manuscript and for its survival through turmoil and the hostility towards Jews that has erupted time and again over the centuries in Europe and Eastern Europe The novel is told from the perspective of Hanna Heath, an expert in book restoration, who is called in to restore the text for display While [...]

  2. This is an awful book.I expected great things from Brooks March is a book I treasure but this novel is a third rate Da Vinci code, written with about the same amount of skill.The premise is captivating a 500 year old haggadah is found in Sarajevo in 1996, and the novel sets out to explore the book s journey across Europe in those intervening years Along the way, the haggadah acts as an entry point into the tumult, crisis, and unspeakable violence experienced by Jewish communities across Europe Y [...]

  3. A tip from one of my daughter s teachers lead me to the works of Geraldine Brooks, a two time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for literature Being the non fiction connoisseur that I am, I first devoured her memoir Foreign Correspondence Deciding not to limit myself to only one of her books, I chose People of the Book, her fictionalized history of the Sarajevo Haggadah Hanna Heath is a Sydney book conservator who has been chosen by the Sarajevo National Museum to rebind the city s famous Haggadah [...]

  4. An exceptional novel about a rare book conservator from Australia who researches the Sarajevo Haggadda, an ancient Jewish prayer book Brooks uses the protagonist s research to tell the story of the book backwards from WWII to 1600s Venice to Moorish Spain The modern conservators narrative binds the vignettes together A none too subtle vehicle to highlight the interwoven histories of Christians, Jews and Muslims the People of the Book the novel is also an allegory about learning itself and people [...]

  5. A Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth century Spain has been saved from the ruins of a bombed library Hanna Heath, who specializes in the conservation of medieval documents, is hired to repair and preserve the ancient manuscript Tiny artifacts found inside the manuscript lead Hanna on a quest to discover how the rare manuscript was created and who risked everything to ensure its safety for five hundred years The author capitalizes on Hanna s passion for her profession Her work on the manuscri [...]

  6. I try to avoid all things popular e.g I ve never seen Star Wars or Titanic because I know, after all the hype, I can only be disappointed When it comes to books, though, I feel obligated to read what s popular so I can participate somewhat intelligently in the conversation.That being said, although I hoped Geraldine Brook s People of the Book would live up to the buzz, I wasn t too surprised when it did not The book is good, but it is not call up all my friends or readers and recommend it good.P [...]

  7. 5 A new favourite I love it when old stories sound right for their time, and Geraldine Brooksdoes that so well This novel was inspired by the discovery of the real Sarajevo Haggadah, a book than 700 years old, so Brooks had a lot of ground to cover and a lot of voices to invent.Her central character Hanna Heath, a rare book expert says about herself By linking research and imagination, sometimes I can think myself into the heads of the people who made the book I can figure out who they were, or [...]

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  9. What a fantastic story Don t be put off by the first bit when you meet Hanna, the main character she is supposed to be kind of annoying You end up loving her with a compassion that this author can magically instill in you for all of her characters, of which there are many The book also spans many centuries and traverses many continents, so it s a bit complex But wow This account of the history of a little book takes you through the darkest hours of human history, including the Inquisition and th [...]

  10. What I do is me, for that I cameStill building this review bit by bit as thoughts keep comingThis is grand book Impressive Intriguing Tragic Beautiful From beginning to the end.I don t usually like books on war situations but this book received so many good comments and ratings from I decided to go for it I did not regret it.Each chapter is a time jump, to and fro in time And starts with a quote, like this one, page 329 in my book A white hairSeville, 1480My eyes seep sorrow water skins with hol [...]

  11. Geraldine Brook s latest is a treat for us librarians as well as dedicated to us in the front as she traces the path of an ancient religious text that, although Jewish in origin, was saved and added to several times over by members of different religions and cultures throughout time As usual, Brooks prose is both incredibly readable and laudably literary, and her theme that the love of knowledge and books crosses all historical and cultural boundaries is well illustrated through her complex char [...]

  12. This is a wonderful story of a magical book, an illuminated manuscript begun in the 15th century and found in Sarajevo after the Bosnian War, a Jewish manuscript rescued by a Muslim librarian who could not bear to see such a treasure be destroyed.Based on some fact and the author s talented recreation, we see the history of this religious piece over the years as some seek to destroy it and others work to save or embellish it We move backward in time from the modern time to the Nazi era, to 19th [...]

  13. I buy a lot of books It s sort of sad, given that I am supposed to be budgeting and have completely okay, almost completely stopped buying clothes, but books call to me I figure you can buy a paperback for 10, or you can go to a movie for 10 one gets you a couple of hours of entertainment in a confined space, one gets you hours of entertainment wherever you want them So, anyway, I went into this book planning to love it I even caved and bought the hardbound, so anxious was I to start I wanted th [...]

  14. This is a marvelous book I really enjoyed this author s Year of Wonders and I think I liked this book at least as much This is skillful and enthralling storytelling that s also thought provoking.This book is one of the most skillful renderings of a book that goes back and forth in time that I ve ever read Ditto for the writing of a historical fiction account, especially one that has part of its history in the very recent past.This is a historical fiction story about the Sarajevo Haggadah A Hagga [...]

  15. SO DISAPPOINTING The protagonist is a rancid harpy about whom I don t care a damn, and the mother s loathsome than the spawn Brooks accomplishes nothing by opting for repugnant main characters Moreover, the entire modern day plot is offensively implausible not to mention, totally derivative of ANGELS DEMONS and THE DA VINCI CODE.As to the historical fiction, I appreciate what Brooks is trying to do Some of what she comes up with is interesting enough I actually quite dig the section set in Vien [...]

  16. People of the Book is a stunningly beautiful book about another stunningly beautiful book It fictionalizes the true story of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a unique, 500 year old version of a book read at Jewish Passover Seders It illustrates the story of how and why Passover came to be People of the Book looks at the fascinating story of the Haggadah s travels through the years and creates a story from them All of the characters are fictional and some of the chapters are admittedly entirely fiction whi [...]

  17. I only got through the first 50 pages on this one I ll try her novel The Wonder Years, but I found the narrator just too whipsmart Also, there was a line or two that made me groan outloud When Hannah is sitting on a plane next to someone who removes mines, she says to herself something like I thought about making a borderline comment like, business booming, eh Yuck Also, she seduces a guy by licking his fingers at a restaurant All I could think was, Who really does that It made my toes curl in a [...]

  18. Geraldine Brooks has a way of weaving through historical moments of cogent settings, to make powerful, real life stories vivid through narrative Most times I find her narrative peculiar and alluring, like the close narration in March, for example In Year of Wonders A Novel of the Plague, she had me immersed in style and dialect and of the three novels of hers I ve read so far, she managed to keep me invested in the setting and situation i.e war Bosnia was a focus in this book, and it opened with [...]

  19. I think an alternative title for this book could have been something like Women and Love or What Women Mean When They Talk About Love Something like that It was so beautiful in this delicate, fine art way, and I was so surprised at this book s beauty, that I feel totally inadequate in trying to describe my reaction to it It is that type of beauty I feel when I think about the improbability of our bodies being alive or of Michelangelo s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel or of microscopic images of sn [...]

  20. Rating 3 of fiveThis is the very first book about books I ve ever read that left me hating people than when I started it.Hanna, what a terrible waste of a person Sarah, her mother, my GOD what a cold, stoney bas relief of a human being she was Orzen, Werner, yechptui on all of em and the parts set in the past The Nazis, well, it s shootin tuna in a 55 gallon oil drum aka the Gulf of Mexico to hate THEM, but the collaborators On and on, back through the Western World s horrible, cruel, hagridden [...]

  21. Finally finished People of the Book and I m not sure what I have to say about it It s rare for me to not have much to say about a book but I don t think I do This is a book that has been on my to read list long before I was a member of GR and even had a list to put it on I think this is a book whose premise has always been attractive to me but as many times as I ve seen it online or held it in my grasp at the bookstore I never brought it home to start the relationship I d read the first page and [...]

  22. The Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated Hebrew manuscript, was saved during the Bosnian conflict by a Muslim librarian at the National Museum and placed in a bank vault Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book specialist, is given the opportunity to inspect and conserve this beautiful book which dates back to 15th Century Spain As she inspects it, she finds evidence that suggests the history of the Haggadah as it changes hands traveling from Spain to Sarajevo People of the Book moves forward in time w [...]

  23. It was here to test us, to see if there were people who could see that what united us was than what divided us That to be a human being matters than to be a Jew or a Muslim, Catholic or Orthodox.3.5 stars I absolutely loved the historical fiction stories It worked really well telling them in reverse chronological order, as it feels like you are slowly unfolding the suprises of the Sarajevo Haggadah The people in these stories and the stories themselves were so diverse and interesting I could n [...]

  24. Brooks must have done mad research for this dense and beautifully written story It s based on a real artifact from the 15th century the Sarajevo Haggadah which is an illustrated Jewish prayer book created in Spain Brooks writes an imaginary account of the book s travel through a wide but interconnected series of people from different ethnicity, status, and race I think the author must have done her job when I m googling fictional characters they all seemed SO real The main things I love about he [...]

  25. What is it that makes a book compelling This one, apparently, has all the necessary ingredients to make a novel difficult to forget.I d say it s historically well researched, it has masterly developed and believable characters and an interesting thread which holds all of them together People of the book is exactly that, the story of the different people who, through centuries and centuries, managed to create or to keep or to protect one of the most treasured books ever, an ancient Haggadah The p [...]

  26. i am not a great fan of historical fiction, but this book is interesting and inventive and lovely and i m so glad i read it it follows the story of a particularly beautiful haggadah, the passover prayer book am i saying this right , through various centuries and incredible journeys, in alternating chapters in which you see a contemporary book curator trying to unveil the history of this amazing object, just resurfaced in sarajevo it s 1996 and the war is raging , then jump back in history and se [...]

  27. A book conservator is trying to find the human story behind a very rare haggadah as she is restoring it physically.There really is a Sarajevo haggadah, and it really was saved during the bombing of Sarajevo in the 90s As someone who loves books, any books, and who appreciates the rare artistry and history of ancient books, I found the story to be very interesting I like how Brooks wove the history of the haggadah into the modern plot, going further and further back in time with each chapter Some [...]

  28. People of the Book is a fictionalized account of the journey of the Sarajevo Haggadah throughout history The author uses the people who help the book along its way through pivotal moments in history as a vehicle to tell the story in flashback form.Geraldine Brooks has woven A powerfully moving tapestry of words that s every bit as beautiful as the illuminated pages of the Haggadah are reported to be This is the kind of book that sticks with the reader for a lifetime.Even the best books have thei [...]

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