Tuesday, January 24, 2012
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
"I might as well say, right from the jump, it wasn't my usual kind of job."
"Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, has been offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding--an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair--she begins to unlock the book's mysteries, ushering in its exquisite and atmospheric past, from its salvation back to its creation through centuries of exile and war.
Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity--an acclaimed and ambitious work from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author." -- from the back cover
I enjoyed this book. I especially liked learning about the Haggadah through the lives of the people who made it, owned it, and used it.
Date read: 1/23/2012
Book #: 2
Challenges: A to Z Challenge 2012, Off the Shelf Challenge 2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good
# of pages: 368
Binding: Trade Paperback