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Book shows we have much to give thanks for



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November 24, 2010
That book I told you a couple of weeks ago that someone put into my hand and said: read...Wow! What can I say? Truth be known, there are parts of the back story I could have lived without; and in all honesty, I'd have to say I would benefit from a re-read, it was that complicated. As I told a friend to whom I recommended it, "For me it was work to read it—for you, it would be real, because you have lived there."

Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer award winner who now lives in Martha's Vineyard, grew up in Australia, worked as a war correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and was in Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo, combined those experiences with her gift of narrative, weaving a thread back and forth from the present day through history all the way to the Spanish Inquisition. The back story is fictional, giving Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, the job of tracing how the famed Sarajevo Haggedah, rescued from Serb shelling during rthe Bosnian War, might have survived through the centuries. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is woven so intricately, jumping from century to century, that it takes careful concentration to transition; but the pathos, the struggles, the description of the intense suffering of the eras into which the reader is immersed make history live and breathe.

As I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving Day, I have a fresh awareness of the freedoms we have in our country, freedoms bought with blood.

Email Willene at

tct@pageone-inc.com.

Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.
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