Saturday, November 22, 2008

What I'm Reading . . . People of the Book

I just finished this fascinating novel fictionalizing the travels of the Sarajevo Haggadah through five centuries of war and hardship. It is incredibly poignant today that this irreplaceable treasure of the Jewish community was saved by a Muslim during World War II. I admire Geraldine Brooks's inventiveness and good writing, all while giving the reader a palatable dose of actual historic events.

The novel tracks different time periods in which the Haggadah was created, protected, or changed hands. There are a few flaws, including the completely unrealistic antagonism between the protagonist and her mother, but overall, this is a seriously good read.

I highly recommend it.

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