People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

About the book

The new novel from the author of ‘March’ and ‘Year of Wonders’ takes place in the aftermath of the Bosnian War, as a young book conservator arrives in Sarajevo to restore a lost treasure. When Hannah Heath gets a call in the middle of the night in her Sydney home about a precious medieval manuscript which has been recovered from the smouldering ruins of wartorn Sarajevo, she knows she is on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. A renowned book conservator, she must now make her way to Bosnia to start work on restoring The Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish prayer book – to discover its secrets and piece together the story of its miraculous survival. But the trip will also set in motion a series of events that threaten to rock Hannah’s orderly life, including her encounter with Ozren Karamen, the young librarian who risked his life to save the book.

Reviewed by Victoria reading group:

The majority found the conservation of books most interesting. The information related to the Jewish faith was well conveyed. Moving from present to the past led to some confusion at times, but overall what was communicated was well done.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks”

  1. Review by The Accidental Book Club:
    This is a good book club book as it resulted in a good discussion. Well written and introduced us to historical events we knew little or nothing about.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by CC readers:
    Two members felt this was one of the best books we had read in our two years as a group. Others thought that it offered an overdose of history but all admired the breadth of historical scope, the brilliant writing and the pictures of different times and people. A glossary of Hebrew terms would have been helpful. It was a book that was admired but not greatly liked. A second reading might change that perception.
    Star rating: ***+

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