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Good except for two things
on July 14, 2016
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 Bosnia. Great insight and great writing style of the author.
My two very serious criticisms are: This book needed a glossary. The author is a journalist and knows that the italicized words which are of foreign origin to the reader should be defined. In context, one could pretty well guess the meanings but a glossary would have added more authority to the book.
The other criticism is that Hanna, the main character of the book, was not believable. She needed to be middle aged to have accomplished all the professional titles and degrees and experience she would have needed for this role. Also, there was way too much attention paid to her personal life which distracted from the main point, that is, the journey of the book throughout history.