People of the Book Questions and Answers

People of the Book

Since a book review is really a form of essay, as with any essay, its conclusion should summarize the main points that were made in the book review. A positive book review might also very well...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2015 5:25 pm UTC

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People of the Book

The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks is most definitely a complex and culturally rich story. The story essentially traces the creation and history of the ancient Jewish Haggadah that Hanna...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2014 3:08 am UTC

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The Haggadah is symbolic of peace and the melding of cultures. The book has always been important, and at times controversial. Who should keep the book has often been argued. The condition of the...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2013 5:44 pm UTC

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The Sarajevo Haggadah is an illuminated manuscript and Jewish book of rites that has survived through centuries of war despite multiple attempts to destroy it. These efforts were acts of...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018 11:06 pm UTC

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Sarah, Hanna's mother, is a world-class surgeon who spends so much of her time at the hospital that Hanna is raised by a series of housekeepers. This constant abandonment of Hanna means that Hanna...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2009 1:35 pm UTC

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Brooks' work depicts individuals of different religious faiths understanding the clear implications of protecting the Haggadah. There is something larger than individualistic differences that they...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2013 12:58 pm UTC

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There are many moments where themes of family and individuality interact in this complex story. Below are a handful of relevant examples. Hanna’s family. The main character, Hanna, has a mother she...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 11:09 pm UTC

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Lola and Ruti are both "preservers" and share strength but exhibit it in different ways. Lola, the young Jewish laundress who has been separated from her family, thinks of herself "mule." Like a...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

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This is a rather general question, but I think that you could approach this novel in a number of different ways. Perhaps the most fascinating is the story of the book (the Haggadah) itself. The...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 5:50 am UTC

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Despite the differences that exist between them in the Middle East, Jews and Muslims share a common heritage. Both trace their traditional lineage back to Abraham, the Jews through Isaac and his...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2011 3:13 am UTC

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The original question had to be edited. Betrayal is a part of the narrative of both the novel and the narrative of the Haggadah. At some point, those who interacted with the Haggadah, a text of...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2013 12:36 pm UTC

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Mythmaking is a motif in People of the Book, because the book takes on a mythic meaning after it survives and is remade over the centuries. The plot of the novel centers on an old book. The book...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2013 4:50 pm UTC

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There's very little in this novel that cannot be compared to historical events. Bosnia was indeed engulfed in civil war in 1996. The character, Hanna Heath, had she been a real person, would most...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013 6:52 pm UTC

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This is an "on the one hand,... but on the other hand,..." kind of answer. On the one hand, Hanna always thought her mother hated both her and her father. As a result Hanna has psychological...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2016 4:01 am UTC

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