People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservationist is summoned to
Sarajevo in order to preserve the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish prayer
book about passover. Hanna gets to work and finds clues as to the hands
it once passed through; a bit of butterfly, a stain.
books tells a story both in the present and the past. I was much more
interested in the past story as it covered various Jewish persecutions
and the stories seem to come to life. The present story was a little
contrived and not quite as believable, starting with Hanna being such a
great restorer at such a young age.
The past travels through
Bosnia where a Muslim hid the book to preserve it, Austria-Hungary,
Italy and Spain where this illuminated manuscript was first created and
saved when the Jews were expelled,
I also liked to read the story on the conservation efforts. All in all an interesting read!
First Line: "I might as well say, right from the jump: it wasn't my usual kind of job."