People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

Posted on 12 June 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

This is one of the most talked about books this year. I heard so much about it from so many sources I just had to read it.

This is a really fabulous book. It details the journey of the Sarajevo Haggadah as seen through the eyes of a book conservator. I don’t know how much is correct, but the forensic ideas are just fabulous. To take such a small sample and be able to state where and when this book was looked at is just amazing. I truly admire the author for taking the facts and weaving this fantastic story around them.

Not only that, but I felt I was there. In each section of the book I felt I was really there watching and following the story.

One small segment of the book I felt wasn’t needed. How much of that was due to me wanting my 16 year old to read it and how much of it was because I felt it was out of place is a question I can’t answer. Until this point I was thinking it would be a fantastic book for her to read as it would give her a possible career to aim for. She is interested in so many elements of the work that goes into book conservation and I felt it would be good, but then came the sex scene. The first one was okay, it was glossed over, but the second one was not okay. She won’t be able to read this book for another couple of years.

Warnings:
holocaust
violence
death
sex scenes

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