Wednesday, May 22, 2013

We hope you're enjoying reading People of the Book. If you've finished the book, then it is time to comment on it here.

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  1. People of the Book, an interesting travelogue and instruction into antisemitism throughout the ages. I was sucked into finding out how, and why, the book moved to so many interesting places, and having visited three of the cities myself, it made the reading more interesting. I enjoyed the final twists in the revealing of the artist, both that it was a female and also a muslim. I am not sure that the doubt about the book’s authenticity should have been resolved by blaming the Jewish scientist for a switch. Is this overt antisemitism again? I would have preferred the doubt to have remained, after all it was all about the mystery of the book and not about Hanna.

    --Maureen F.

  2. I, too, found this an interesting way to move through the world at different periods--from the vantage point of a developing book. I enjoyed the back story the most (some of the Hanna parts I found to be a bit too contrived or neatly packaged). But, I found the book prompted reflections at a number of spots--pondering the illuminations/illustrations in a Jewish prayer book; loving the pragmatism of why illustrations; loving the practicality trumping rules.
    Sorry I won't be able to join you for this discussion.

  3. I enjoyed the book club meeting June 1 at noon. I appreciated having Ann draft the timeline of "the book" and pointing out the relevance of the book's introductory quote. I especially enjoyed having details that confused me explained by other members, such as Hanna's mom's career being more important than relationships; that the author herself had converted to Judaism when she married; that the Lola/Bosnia story illustrated "history repeats itself," that the dangers Hanna took when returning the original were because she was transporting "antiquities," etc. I was pleased that some others like me felt the found objects were a "manipulative" but necessary and clever literary device and that the book itself was a "character." Of course I enjoyed the camaraderie between women and appreciation of how far we've come and Susan's envisioning how far we have to go (a new way to do work, health care, etc.) This is my first book club and I look forward to July 1 meeting on new book.


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