22. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)

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22. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)

Post  Ren on Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:33 am

One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks has turned the intriguing but sparely detailed history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich, thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey. In the hands of Hanna Heath, an impassioned rare-book expert restoring the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, it yields clues to its guardians and whereabouts: an insect wing, a wine stain, salt crystals, and a white hair.

Finished reading in early August 2009 and it will be the topic of a book group discussion in January 2010.

Incredible story ... each clue discovered is described and allows the reader to understand what happened, and how that piece of information was part of the book's history as it passed hands along its journey.

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