Have you ever wondered who else held your library book? What if it was a historical, ancient textbook? Who tore that one page? Or stained the other? Or left a bookmark in it? Fascinating theme for a story, but if I'm honest, this book took a lot of work to get through it all.
An Australian woman who is a book conservationist has the task of examining and attempting to trace the history of an ancient Jewish text that has survived through the Crusades, the Inquisition, WWII, and more...historical times that such books were victims of censorship, burned and destroyed. Different chapters examine the book's survival through such times and important players surrounding the life of the book.
Again, fascinating concept. Sadly, it didn't work for me. As I ask myself "why?", I think I never connected to really any of the characters of the story. One character's story engaged me more than others, but there were so many that didn't, I was left disappointed.
A lot of readers on goodreads thought highly of this book. Another blogger and book lover enjoyed this book immensely as well. Maybe I'm just not as smart as them. If a book feels like I'm laboring while I'm reading it, then that book isn't going to be my favorite.
I read Year of Wonders by this same author. That book, I expected it to be work to get through, and it wasn't. I enjoyed it much more. She has other works that interest me as well, so I'm not giving up on Geraldine Brooks.
It's the 7th year for the Aussie Author Challenge, and my 2nd year participating (click on the picture/link to take you directly to the site for more information). My working book list is as follows:
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks- COMPLETED 23 April 2016 What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty- COMPLETED 25 March 2016
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (non-fiction)- COMPLETED 17 January 2016
- Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
- Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Guilt by Matthew Nable- COMPLETED 3 February 2016
- The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman
Authors New to Me: