Monday, January 4, 2010
People of the Book
Hanna Heath is an Australian that has been given the chance of a lifetime. An opurtunity to work on the Sarajevo Haggadah. Her discovery's lead to the reader learning the complete history of the Haggadah along the way, as well as learning more about Hanna's own history.
People of the Book is masterfully written. Brooks molds her style to each era she writes about, making these odd historical occurrences as clear as can be. Hanna is an interesting character, full of personal demons and a desire to her the things books can tell her. The supporting characters are less interesting and often short lived, but they all serve their purpose.
Some of the books back stories are much longer than necessary and often times I found myself wishing those sections were over, or that there was an abridged version i could skim instead. The "mystery" at the end was unnessisary but didn't ruin the rest of the novel.
Overall a decent read, but a little long winded.