Geraldine Brooks --> reviewed by Stephen Schwartz -->

People of the Book, a work of fiction which deals with a series of real and documented human tragedies, spanning a half-millennium across the Mediterranean, comes to us with a blurb from USA Today, favorably equating it with The Da Vinci Code of 2003, that despicable libel against the Catholic church based entirely on absurd speculation. What are we to make of this? Has the genre of the historical novel really declined so precipitately that any fantasy about the past, once committed to print, is considered respectable literature?

A less favorable parallel between the two books was drawn by the London Jewish Chronicle in its...


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