People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (4 stars)

This book is a combination of contemporary and historical fictions.  Hannah Heath, a book conservationist, was asked to work on the Sarajevo Haggadah, a book which has been lost for many years.  The contemporary part of of the book follows Hannah in her work, investigating and trying to construct the history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, and her personal lives.

The historical parts of the book spans many centuries and explores conjunctions of where the book has been and how it came into existence.  I found these parts most interesting as you are taken to far away exotic locations & times.

Whilst I enjoyed the book, I found Hannah Heath’s character to be quite strange. How can a book conservationist who in her work has to be analytical, meticulous, scientific in approach be so different in her own life (ie. jumping into conclusions)?


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