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Subject: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Date Posted: 5/3/2008 3:31 PM ET
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Has anyone read this?  I'm about half-way done and it seems to be kind of stalling.  Is it worth finishing?

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 8:40 PM ET
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 I didn't finish it. ..it was a yawner.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 9:02 PM ET
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If you are half way you made it further than I did and I seldom abandon a book.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Hmmm...very interesting.  I loved A Year of Wonders, and enjoyed March, but at times caught myself getting bored.  Surprisingly, because I love the time, and the fact that it was about Louisa May Alcott's family.   So, then, with hope I began her Nine Parts of Desire.  I was fascinated.  Then about midway my mind would wander, and the minute I found I had been forcing myself to finish the book, I closed it.  I sent it on it's way.  So, except for Year of Wonders, I find that Brooks loses her touch half way through a book.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 11:09 PM ET
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Thank you all.  I've decided it's time to move on.  I actually fell asleep reading last night, so it's done.

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 10:33 AM ET
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I'm glad to hear this; I will take it off my WL and let the person in line behind me have their turn at a YAWN!

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 6:49 PM ET
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I just checked this book out at the library.  I was really hoping for something good.  I'll probably give it a try but if I'm bored just return it.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 11:00 AM ET
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I have this book on my TBR. Sounds like it may sit there until some night when I need something to put me to sleep. Sounds like I need to check out A Year of Wonders though, I usually read anything I can find about the Alcotts (we are distantly related to them from back in England where the name was Olcott).

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 11:29 AM ET
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Bren, A Year of Wonders was about the plague, and very good from beginning to end.

March was about the Alcotts, fictionalized of course, and though I found it slow at times, it is definitely worth reading if you are into the era, or are related to the subjects!

I should actually PM you about this in case you don't check back here.

 

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 12:48 PM ET
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I liked Year of Wonders up until the end. I appreciate what the author did by reimagining a true story, but the twist just bugged me. I enjoyed March quite a bit more.



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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 12:48 PM ET
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I also highly recommend'Year of Wonder.'  It was excellent historical fiction, except the ending which a little far fetched.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 5:05 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 6:46 PM ET
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Now I feel bad for the poor book!  No one wants to read it. 

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 6:52 PM ET
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I enjoyed it and read it twice.  The historical aspects were interesting to me and I liked the way it related to the current day story.  So if you send it on its way no doubt someone else somewhere will enjoy it!

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 8:16 AM ET
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I actually loved The People of the Book! I'm particularly fond of those stories where the past and present are tied together and enjoyed this one as much as I did Year of Wonders. I haven't read her other stuff yet.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 9:51 AM ET
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A Year of Wonders was excellent, I was surprised that this one didn't keep my interest...at all.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 11:26 AM ET
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Mmm - this was one of my fav reads so far this year. 

I loved the past and present storylines telling the story of the Haggadah.   I didn't realise it was based on a true document until AFTER I finished reading the book.  My only complaint with this novel was that the ending was a let-down.  I felt the same way after reading Year of Wonders as well.