Reading People of the Book

January 23, 2014

Even though I haven’t gotten much of a response or picked up any more followers, I had a blast reading and writing People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. I do believe I left Hanna in Bosnia where she was anxiously waiting the delivery of a fifteenth-century manuscript, and ask she gazed out the window, high above the war-torn city, she contemplates her life. Just in a page or two, I know she’s got a strained relationship with her mother in Sydney, though I’m assuming that her mother lives in Sydney with Hanna. I’ve also learned that the author, Geraldine Brooks, really stuffs a lot of information into a small space. I wonder if she packs her suitcase the same way.

Hanna hands reflect how invested she is in the art of working with old manuscripts and she learned this all from her teacher, Werner Heinrich. “He said you could reading about grinding pigments and making gesso all you like, but the only way to understand is to actually do it. If i wanted to know what words like cutch and schoder really described, I had to make gold leaf myself: beat it and fold it and beat it again, on something it won’t stick to, like the soft ground of scoured calf intestine.”  I guess I’m

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 going to have to do some pounding to really understand what cutch means because even after looking it up using three sources, I’m confused cuz what does cuddling up have to do with manuscripts unless you are talkin about my favorite way to read. Am I going to have better success with schoder? Nada. Zip. Zilch. 

Hanna doesn’t work with just any kind of manuscripts; she’s a specialist and works on the conservation of medieval manuscripts. Ooh, I got an itch to throw in a picture since that’s what this time period is most noted for. 

Well, Big Bang Theory is on, so I’ll come back to this later. Is anyone enjoying this or am in a party of one?

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