15 February 2009
Book Review Sunday-People of the Book
When I was first introduced to this book at our book club, I was thinking it sounded rather dry and boring. A scholar who repairs old books... need I say more??
It starts out as us seeing the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish religious book, with an antiquities restorer named Hanna Heath who is trying to repair this book that has been hidden for centuries by well meaning people trying to protect it from various people who want the book destroyed. Inside the book are various clues to where the book has been and Hanna sets out to piece together the puzzle. Ms. Brooks does a fine job of "filling in the blanks" by telling us the whole story centered around the physical evidence left in the book (blood stains, wine stains, a wing of a butterfly)
However, this book was well designed with vignettes from different time periods were well done, referring to art pieces and details from the era that were well researched by the author. The way she describes the horrors that man piles on man over and over again do not become overbearing.
Eventually the book takes a DiVinci Code twist and the love story comes together. That's all I am going to say about that.
As I love books, I became totally involved in the book's journey. I thought the book started slow but about a third of the way through the book I was hooked. I got bogged down a bit in the scientific and historical details that the author includes.
I do highly recommend this book but would caution you to stick with it for a while!