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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
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May 07, 2008

it was amazing
Read in April, 2008

What a fantastic story. Don't be put off by the first bit when you meet Hanna, the main character: she is supposed to be kind of annoying. You end up loving her with a compassion that this author can magically instill in you for all of her characters, of which there are many. The book also spans many centuries and traverses many continents, so it's a bit complex. But wow: This account of the history of a little book takes you through the darkest hours of human history, including the Inquisition and the Holocaust, but you end up feeling somehow so uplifted by the story. Brooks has a way of taking dire, nasty topics (the bubonic plague and civil war are the settings of her other two novels)and turning them into parables that portray our deep goodness and strength and grace in the face of unimaginable horror and hardhship. I just think she is an amazingly gifted writer. Highly recommend. But not for the faint-hearted.
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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura I just finished this book and I agree with Mary except I liked Hanna from the beginning!

message 2: by Liz (new)

Liz I have only just started the book, and I have been put off by Hanna enough that I was looking at reviews to see if I should bother continuing. This one has convinced me that I should! Thanks.

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