The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the book, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up. Based on a true story.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. When Father Vistorni asks Rabbi Judah Ayreh to warn the printer that the Church disapproves of one of their recently published texts, Ayreh tells him, "better you do it than to have us so intellectually enslaved that we do it for you." (p. 156). Do you agree or disagree with his argument? With the way he handled Vistorni's request?
2. Several of the novel's female characters lived in the pre-feminist era and certainly fared poorly at the hands of men. Does the fact that she was pushing for gender equality -not to mention saving lives-justify Sarah Heath's poor parenting skills? Would women's rights be where they are today if it weren't for women like her?
3. How did Hanna change after discovering the truth about her father? Would the person she was before her mother's accident have realized that she loved Ozren? Or risked the dangers involved in returning the codex?
4. There is an amazing array of "people of the book" - both base and noble-whose lifetimes span some remarkable periods in human history. Who is your favorite and why?
(Discussion questions obtained from LitLovers)