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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
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Nov 16, 2008

it was amazing

This is one of the best novels I’ve read in years, and I recommend it whole-heartedly. It’s especially good for those fascinated by European or Jewish history. The central character is Hanna Heath, who is engaged in restoring an old and famous Haggadah. As she finds tiny clues to the book’s history, the author expands these into stories. She takes the Haggadah from the 20th century back to the 15th, from war in Sarajevo to the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. The three European religions – Jewish, Christian and Muslim – are major characters in this book, sometimes at each other’s throats and sometimes finding vital ways to live together. Through all this, the reader meets breathtaking characters, and the writing is consistently good.

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