Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Book Love: People of the Book

In case you haven't read what Book Love is all about and the best advice I've ever received when it comes to books, be sure to check out this post!

Book Name: People of the Book
Author: Geraldine Brooks
Category: Historical Fiction (my favorite!)
Pages: 372Brief Description: Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famous Sarajevo Haggadah, 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 discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the book's ancient binding, she begins to unlock its mysteries.

Why I bought it: It was on the bestsellers list.

Book Love: I wouldn't necessarily say that People of the Book was a page-turner, though please don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it very much. I think because there was so much history in this book, it made a little heavier of a read. I think I liked the story line in this book because it's interesting to imagine that really old books, like the Haggadah in People of the Book (a Jewish religious text for Passover) have made it through many, many lifetimes-- and passed through so much history and many hands over that time. While the Haggadah discussed in People of the Book is indeed real, Brooks made up it's past after some historical digging.

Book Quotes: One that particularly caught my eye, though it really doesn't give a good impression of what the book is actually about:

"We hugged awkwardly, the way you do in a workplace, not quite knowing whether to air kiss once or twice, getting it wrong, baning skulls, and wishing you'd just shaken hands."

Brilliant. I love when authors can put situations we have all been in perfectly into words!

Bottom Line: I wouldn't recommend this to everyone, but if you like historical fiction- this is definitely a book for you. If not- I'd say pass. Though it might be worth stopping by a bookstore and seeing what you think after reading a few pages!


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