Sunday, July 6, 2014

Brooks, 2008, People of the Book (fiction)

A fast read, this is a mix of historical fiction and detective story, with some familiar atmospherics from 1990s Sarajevo.  The peregrinations of a 15th Century illuminated Haggadah are interspersed with chapters about the Australian book restoration expert who pieces together a plausible history amidst the international intrigue. Book restoration as action-hero career is a nice foil to soldier as sedentary bureaucrat.
David Last, 17 July 2013

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