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People of the book by Brooks. Geraldine

People of the book (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Brooks. Geraldine

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Title:People of the book
Authors:Brooks. Geraldine
Info:New York : Harper perrenial, 2008
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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (2008)

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Hanna Heath is a rare book restorer who gets drawn into the story surrounding the real-world Sarajevo Haggadah, which is a Jewish history book of sorts. And in the process, a rather crusty and antisocial young woman (who, damaged as she might be at the outset, is nowhere near as unlikable or unappealing to me as she apparently was to many other readers) becomes a lot more human as her work on this ancient book intersects with her personal life in several interesting and enlightening ways. Also, the Michener-like imaginary history of the Haggadah is told through backstories that trace the work from the present day to World War II and, eventually, back to the late 1400s. A treat for bibliophiles and history buffs, both the (relatively) present day parts of the novel and the history are handled well, and it all dovetails nicely in the end. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
A book restorer and conservator, Hanna is commissioned to restore and rebind a very rare haggadah. In the book, she discovers some unusual artifacts: part of an insect wing, a white hair, and some stains on the pages. Through these things, she tries to trace the path the book has taken since its creation. Going back and forth in time, the reader sees what Hanna has discovered and then how it came to be. A fascinating work of historical fiction, inspired by a true story. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 4, 2017 |
This was a wonderful story well written by Geraldine Brooks. Sorry I waited so long to read it. As the book moved progressively back in time (alternating with the present), I found myself confusing characters. The book is like the unfolding of a Sunday NYT crossword puzzle. Loved it. ( )
  bogopea | May 9, 2017 |
I liked but did not love this book. I had read something in the news about the book, so I knew there was some basis in truth to it. I thought the author did a good job of bringing the characters she created and the times and places she lived to life. However, the way the flashbacks were laid out made it hard for me to get a sense of the flow of history, which is one of the key benefits I derive from reading historical fiction. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Hanna Heath is a book conservator in Sydney and is asked to restore a medieval manuscript that is stored in war torn Sarajevo. She is fascinated by her work and longs to discover the origins and history of the Jewish prayer book. This was again a fascinating story from this author. However, my one quibble would be that it was somewhat disjointed. Perhaps this was unavoidable as the events often happened hundreds of years apart. I just struggled to retain the characters of a previous chapter when referred to at a later point in the story. (8.5) ( )
  HelenBaker | May 7, 2017 |
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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.
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There, where one burns books,
one in the end, burns men. 

-- Heinrich Heine
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I might as well say, right from the jump: it wasn't my usual kind of job.
The words stuck to his tongue like...the ashes that had fallen in a warm rain after the last book burning.
I wanted to give a sense of the people of the book, the different hands that had made it, used it, protected it.  I wanted it to be a gripping narrative, even suspenseful.
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Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, has been offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed 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 artificacts in its ancient binding -- an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair -- she begins to unlock the book's mysteries, ushering in its exquisite and atmospheric past, from its salvation back to its creation through centuries of exile and war.
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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.… (more)

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