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Subject: People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 5:41 AM ET
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OMG!  She does it again! 

I loved Year of Wonders (with the exception of the implausible ending) but March left me kind of lukewarm.  Enjoyable, but not in the same way that Year of Wonders was.  I just finished People of the Book last night and loved it.  I know that others have read this or have it on Mt TBR; if the latter, jump over everything else and read. this. book. NOW.

In some ways it was reminiscent of Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue as the historical story of the Haggadah is told in reverse chronological order.  But the historical story is interspersed with Hanna's contemporary story of conserving the book.   While the ending didn't bother me as much as it did in Year of Wonders, I think that's the weakest part of this book. 

Still, I think this will be one of my favorite reads of the year -- and we're not even at the halfway mark yet.  A definite winner and one I'm glad I read after being let down by Weir's The Lady Elizabeth.   Get this book if you don't already -- a must-read for historical fiction lovers (even if it's only half historical fiction).

Edited to fix typos (of which there are probably more I don't see at the moment).

Last Edited on: 5/6/08 12:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 8:21 AM ET
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I agree with you Marci, I loved it, too! I had to make myself slow down and savor it rather than rushing right through it. I like those type of books that tie the past and present together with an interesting story and this one certainly fit the bill! I do agree with you though, if the book had a flaw, it was the weak ending.


Date Posted: 5/6/2008 12:12 PM ET
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If you get a moment - Google the Sarajevo Haggadah.  There are some photos online of the actual book.  What beauty in those drawings.  I would love to see this book in person.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 1:01 AM ET
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Marci: I am happy to hear the book is good.There was thread in Hidden Gems about it.Everyone did not like the book.I just got my copy the other day and hope to read it soon.I just started a hard Anatomy & Physiology class in school.I do not think I will have a lot of time for reading.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:23 AM ET
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I just read the thread in Hidden Gems and while I was surprised at how many didn't care for the book, it just made me more curious to read it. I'm definitely starting it next.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 3:56 AM ET
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I just started it - only a few pages in, but I love it so far.  She creates such a wonderful "voice".

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 11:30 AM ET
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I read "People of the Book" as well and liked it.  I agree with some of the other members that the ending was a little far fetched, but I never found it boring.  I especially always like the past history time threads in a novel and how they tie together to the present situation.