Tuesday, May 3, 2011
2. But wait, there's more. Buy the ticket and you'll get a special Boswell's Best price of $21.56 off on the book. (Yes, that's $5.39 off the price for non ticket holders).
3. Our Anne loved it. Here's what she had to say about Caleb's Crossing:
"My favorite Geraldine Brooks novel up to this point has been Year of Wonders. Caleb’s Crossing is on a par. Colonial America is a period in history that I love reading about. The picture of life for women in that time period is both fascinating and appalling. The inventiveness that Bethia exhibited to get around all the constraints imposed on her was truly amazing. The characters were compelling, and the story line was wonderful. Loved it, loved it, loved it!"
As the ga-jillions of folks who've read Brooks' last novel, the story is wrapped in a contemporary drama of Hanna Heath, an archivist analyzing the Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued by a Muslim librarian. As each interesting detail about the book is discovered (a trace of salt, a wine stain, a hair), the story harkens back to the historical incident. There's concern that something is not right, giving the main narrative the drive of a thriller.
For the contemporary story, we have Hanna's quest to analyze the manuscript and see if it can be restored, and I'll avoid mentioning the wrench thrown into that drama. There's a family discovery that relates back to the lives of the historical characters. And yes, there's a little romance.
There was no question that we all really liked the historical parts of the book, though when it got down to rating each of them, I got a little confused by whether folks loved or hated Venice. It turned out we got mixed up with Vienna. But I think most of us were particularly taken with Lola's story.
Here's our upcoming schedule for the in-store lit group, first Monday at 7 pm.
June 6, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
July, 4 (uh oh) Room, by Emma Donoghue. We'll probably adjust a bit. Details to follow
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