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The "complex and moving"(The New Yorker) novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called "a tour de force"by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.

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3.3 / 5
January 27th, 2014
Some twists in the book were to simplified. I did not believe. A little boring also, even though I guess writer gave big effort to do all background work. But not enough for me to recommend it. Sorry.
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January 24th, 2014
This book was completely enthralling. It is a wonderful historical fiction based off of true events. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a great book to add to your shelves. The historical aspects of this book are captivating with a great deal of research. There are often complains about the off-putting nature of some characters in the book, but if you want to fall into the story, instead of being attached to the characters, then this is a book for you!
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October 4th, 2013
As a collector of books and an artist this was an enjoyable and well researched story. A fictionalized account of the history of the Sarajavo Haggadah, from its initial creation, through salvation and discovery. Multiple character arcs intersperse with the main story and make it easy to check back on who's who when you need to. A great read.
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