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People of the Book: A Novel Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Praise for People of the Book:
"There's romance between Brooks and the world, and her writing is as full of heart and curiosity as it is intelligence and judgement."
--The Boston Globe
"Intelligent, thoughtful, gracefully written and orginal. . .Brooks tells a believable and engaging story."
--The Washington Post
"Intense, gripping. . . People of the Book, like her Pulitzer Prize-winning previous novel March, is a tour de force that delivers a reverberating lesson gleaned from history. . . . It's a brilliant, innately suspenseful structure, and one that allows Brooks to show off her remarkable aptitude for assimilating research and conveying a wide range of settings. Also on full display is her keen sense of dramatic pacing."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] marvelously intertwined narrative, with one strand tied to the contemporary world and the other leading us back into European history, into wars and inquisitions and family tragedies, all of this making up avidly narrated, powerfully emotional quest."
--The Dallas Morning News
"Richly imagined and at times almost unbearably exciting. . . . An ambitious book, a pleasure to read, and wholly successful in its attempt to give a sense of how miraculous, unlikely and ultimately binding the history of objects can be."
--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
About the Author
Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Her most recent novel, Caleb's Crossing, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz.
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This is like a Dan Brown book, only without the suspense/intensity. It will appeal to your more cerebral side, forcing you to pay attention while soaking in all the details of both modern day Sarajevo and Europe of the past. I liked the flashbacks (and I'm glad we at least got to find out what happened to Lola - I always want to know how characters' stories end) and it was easy to follow along. This was a good book.
The story gives good incite into how people lived in various centuries. I enjoyed the book.
Reading this, I came to recognize something I'd felt but not expressed or even brought into consciousness before: books, more than other objects I know, even other handmade ones, have a life of their own. The Chinese say that a good house has the "odor of books." And that perfume is surely of lives, lived and examined and re-examined. My husband likes the feel and look and smell of new books. I'll take mine well used, thank you. The history of the readers lies in the many turnings of a page. And the book itself gains depth from it.