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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
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Nov 21, 2011

really liked it

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks.
A rare book restoration expert accepts a job conserving the famous Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the very earliest Haggadahs, dating from @ 1350. During the restoration, various artifacts and clues in the pictures inspires the stories of events in the history of the Haggadah.
The plot is a fictionalized account of the book’s history, including its actually being hidden from Nazis and twice rescued by Muslims. I found the book fascinating and learned a lot about book preservation and restoration while enjoying a good read. If you can find the version published in Britain, it has the beautiful illustrations.
Incidentally, the plot structure reminded me a lot of Michener’s THE SOURCE which I also loved (except for the last chapter. I got the feeling that at the end of the book Michener’s publisher was standing over him saying, “Come on, wind it up. I’ve got a deadline,” and Michener slapped on an ending. But I still loved the book.)


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