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People of the Book

av Geraldine Brooks

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In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries' old, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up.… (mer)
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I liked it, but i didn't love it. Wow....such complete hatred by 'competing' religions for each other over centuries and centuries was relvelaed to me in this book, more specifically here the plight of those of Jewish faith. A fascinating backward looking tale of the history of a spectacular sacred Jewish text, and some 'book sleuthing CSI' to help tell the story. Again, i enjoyed it, but i found myself having to remind myself to pick it up and continue....it was not instinctive. Part of that could likely be my complete ignorance of any of the things that were covered here, both faith-wise and the specific history of these religious 'disputes'. I liked the sleuthing, but was not taken by the lead character and the seeming forced relationships that she found herself engaged in. It did move fairly quickly, though. 3 1/2 is the best i can do. ( )
  jeffome | Nov 27, 2020 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2009]

**'There, where one burns books, one in the end burns men.' - Heinrich Heine**

This is a book that I wish I had written. People of the Book is a remarkable story about the chequered history of the priceless medieval Jewish prayer book, the Sarajevo Haggadah. Loosely based on the true story of what has happened to the Haggadah over the centuries, the plot and characters are plausible and do justice to the story of this beautiful manuscript.

The structure is complex, interweaving different characters and time frames throughout the novel. To take the story as a whole it is a journey through more than five centuries, from the creation of the illustrations and the text of the Haggadah, to persecution of the Jews in the Spanish Inquisition and their subsequent expulsion from Spanish lands in 1492. The journey continues when the Haggadah turns up in Venice and faces the book-burnings of heretical texts in post-reformation Catholic lands. The book next comes to light in Bosnia at the end of the nineteenth century, is rescued from Nazi hands in the Second World War and is rescued again in Sarajevo during the Gulf War. The Haggadah has suffered some damage over the years and after some time in a bank vault during the recent war it finally falls into the hands of Australia rare-book restorer Hanna. As Hanna restores the binding she becomes captivated by the book itself and is determined to unravel some of its mysteries and its past. In the process, Hanna confronts elements of her own past and makes some rather surprising discoveries of her own.

A rich historical mystery - brilliant and original subject - likely to be of most appeal to book lovers, and it could quite possibly change the way you look at books and manuscripts for ever. Geraldine Brooks has succeeded in making accessible the magic of the written word and the history of one book highlights the plight of many rare and beautiful books that have been lost to us over centuries of persecution; a persecution which still goes on in some countries today. A well-chosen quote at the start of the book really sums it all up: 'There, where one burns books, one in the end burns men.' - Heinrich Heine. My favourite Geraldine Brooks novel to date - I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 12, 2020 |
I was disappointed in this book only because my expectations were high. A number of friends had said they really enjoyed it or loved it. I began with those expectations and the general plot at the beginning is something that would attract anyone who loves books. At a certain level I definitely enjoyed the story. It kept me turning the pages. It just wasn't enough. The characters were lightly drawn. The writing, while easy to read, added nothing to the experience. By the middle of the book I found myself getting a bit bored and wondered what was next on the shelf. Some of the most interesting relationships in the novel, between Hanna and her mother, Sarah, and between Sarah and Hanna's father were not explored the way they could have been. The resulting damage to Hanna was never fully addressed. It felt like the history of the Haggadah was the story and the rest was just filler. I definitely plan on reading [b:March|13529|March|Geraldine Brooks|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327935441l/13529._SY75_.jpg|2643796] by [a:Geraldine Brooks|211268|Geraldine Brooks|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1303284528p2/211268.jpg] at some point; I will be interested to see if I feel differently about it. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
Well-crafted story about a book that actually exists. The stories behind it, however, are mostly fiction. The primary character is Hanna Heath, rare book expert from Australia, who is hired to repair the "Sarajevo Haggadah" shortly after the Bosnian War ended in the 1990s.

Secondary characters are the subjects of interlaced chapters explaining different aspects of the book - its illustrations, the existence of a bit of blood on a page, the lack of an appropriate cover and clamps. For each mystery that Hanna discovers there is a chapter giving the answer. Of course Hanna is never privy to this information.

After she has left Sarajevo with the book satisfactorily repaired, Hanna returns to her work, but is interrupted a few years later, called on for another purpose. In the course of this visit to the book she discovers something off, and points it out. Her concerns are dismissed and become the basis for a period of self-doubt about her abilities, a state of mind easily achieved given that she has always been a disappointment to her remote physician-mother. Ultimately she has an opportunity to revisit the event and once again connect with a man she had begun to care for.

So the story is about Hanna but much of the book is about secondary characters from different times. I found the interruption of Hanna's story disconcerting and, while dips into different historical times can be interesting, I was simply irritated by them. I am not a fan of historical fiction because the history so often overpowers the characters, and I feel this is one of those cases. I liked Hanna but would have liked her more had I been able to spend more time with her. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
From July of 2010, when I was reading it: Geraldine Brooks' writing is beautiful, filled with lyrical descriptions and vivid imagery. The narrative is peppered with interesting details about book conservation, the history of book making, and Sarajevo. The characters are well-rendered and believable, and Brooks brings war torn Sarajevo to life so well I could see it in my mind. Hanna, with her attention to detail, is a perfect narrator, likeable but still flawed, and the mentions of her troubled relationship with her mother add to her realism.

People of the Book is an incredible novel, well written and fascinating. The characters are all amazingly real, as are the historical and modern worlds they inhabit. Some of the events in the book, such as the Spanish Inquisition, are difficult to read about, but Geraldine Brooks treats them with respect. ( )
  JBuyer124 | Jul 30, 2020 |
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While peering through a microscope at a rime of salt crystals on the manuscript of the Haggadah, Hanna reflects that “the gold beaters, the stone grinders, the scribes, the binders” are “the people I feel most comfortable with. Sometimes in the quiet these people speak to me.” Though the reader’s sense of Hanna’s relationship with the Haggadah rarely deepens to such a level, Geraldine Brooks’s certainly has.
 
Brooks' novel meticulously, lovingly amalgamates mystery and history with the personal story of its heroine, rare-book expert and conservator Hanna Heath.
 
If Brooks becomes the new patron saint of booksellers, she deserves it. The stories of the Sarajevo Haggadah, both factual and fictional, are stirring testaments to the people of many faiths who risked all to save this priceless work.
tillagd av DieFledermaus | ändraUSA Today, Susan Kelly (Jan 9, 2008)
 

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In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries' old, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up.

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