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People of the Book: A Novel Paperback – December 30, 2008
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A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Two things that are keeping this from being a five star for me. There was too much about Hanna. Her character obviously is important, but the whole love affair, her problems with her mother, all of that could easily have been taken out. And that last chapter sounded like something from a Mission Impossible movie, and was totally unnecessary.
The other thing was the ommission of Leila's meeting with Sula's son, in Israel. This is described in the article but for some reason was left out of the book. Its a beautiful and moving moment, and needed to be there.
That being said, I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for an excellent read.
An Australian, Dr. Heath embraces the acerbic wit of her culture, clumsy at the communication skills so easily wielded by others; of a more contemplative nature, she is devoted to the historic value of the volumes she restores. Troubled by a chronic antagonism with her neurosurgeon mother, the young woman has built a life around her work in compensation. Meanwhile, Hannah's romantic curiosity is piqued by the enigmatic man assisting her at the museum in Sarajevo, widower Dr. Ozrem Karaman, his infant son profoundly brain-injured and wife killed in the war's crossfire. Her emotions in turmoil, Hanna's natural impulse is to soothe Ozrem's pain; unfortunately, she cannot forestall the inevitable or alter fate. Hannah turns to her work- for Hanna, books speak to objectifiable history, while feelings are impossible to confine.Read more ›
The book first came to light in 1894. After passing through many hands, it disappeared in 1992, when the Sarajevo siege began. After four years, it suddenly reappears and an Israeli expert, Amitai Yomtov, awakens Hannah at two o'clock in the morning to tell her the exciting news. Most scholars believed that the book had been stolen or destroyed during the fighting. It turns out that the head of the museum library in Sarajevo, Ozren Karaman, placed the Haggadah in a safe-deposit box for safekeeping. "Can you imagine, Channah?" Amitai exclaims. "A Muslim, risking his neck to save a Jewish book." Now, UN officials want an expert to inspect the Haggadah for signs of damage.
Although she is technically proficient and has written many highly-regarded papers in her field, Hanna brings something extra to the table.Read more ›
The true story of the haggadah's narrow escapes from destruction, chronicled in a December 3, 2007 New Yorker article by Brooks (featuring a color reproduction of one of the haggadah's striking illustrations), is so fantastic it seems almost impossible to fictionalize it. But what Brooks does so convincingly is what empathetic historical novelists do best --- offer us rich insights into the interior lives of both real and fictional characters that reveal the human drama behind a fact-based story. As one of the book's characters reminds us, "a book is more than the sum of its materials. It is an artifact of the human mind and hand."
The novel opens in the spring of 1996, after the Bosnia hostilities have ceased, leaving the city of Sarajevo a shattered remnant of its former self. Hanna Heath, a brash young conservator of medieval manuscripts from Australia, is summoned to the National Museum of Bosnia to restore the 15th century codex, featuring 34 pages of striking illuminations.Read more ›
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I FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE FASCINATING. HISTORICAL FICTION IS MY FAVORITE READ. THE HISTORY IS ACCURATE AND THE FICTIONAL STORIES COULD HAVE HAPPENED. MS. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Faye Davis
Loved it from beginning to end. The main character is thoughtful, hopeful, cautious yet daring in her search for answers. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Indiamike
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to learn more about the Convivencia and history about Muslims and Jews.Published 11 days ago by Susana Feil
Informative and we'll constructed but unnecessarily disparaging about the resistance movement led by Tito. In the end we are left with a question about the authors motives.Published 14 days ago by trev
I was fascinated to learn about this ancient Jewish book and see the struggles of European Jews from the eyes of those who were enduring it from the 15th century up to present day... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Bizzybunny