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First Impressions

Please use this thread to share your first impressions, comments, and questions as you begin reading!
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Re: First Impressions

I think I've finally figured out the cover! At first I thought it was an ancient cave drawing, but now I think it is an insects wing. What to you all think?
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Re: First Impressions

It's a stunning cover, isn't it?
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Carmenere_lady wrote:
I think I've finally figured out the cover! At first I thought it was an ancient cave drawing, but now I think it is an insects wing. What to you all think?



Ok, I don't buy books based on covers, and I just finished the book, but had not really looked at the cover until I read this post. I agree. It is an insect wing! I had thought it was something abstract, based on the quick glances at it.

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Re: First Impressions

The names of the characters in the book are unusual and complex!


I always look for the meaning of the title, or the mentioned of the title, in a book. I quickly found mention of it on page 11:

By linking research and imagination, sometimes I can think muself into the heads of the people who made the book. I can figure out who they were, or how they worked.

There's one possible meaning of the title --- the people who made the book.
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Re: First Impressions



Carmenere_lady wrote:
I think I've finally figured out the cover! At first I thought it was an ancient cave drawing, but now I think it is an insects wing. What to you all think?




Yes, do you know what insect now? smile
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Re: First Impressions



bentley wrote:


Carmenere_lady wrote:
I think I've finally figured out the cover! At first I thought it was an ancient cave drawing, but now I think it is an insects wing. What to you all think?




Yes, do you know what insect now? smile




I do indeed. I believe a butterfly's wing makes for a much nicer cover than say a gray hair or a wine stain :smileywink:
Lynda

"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader


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"Um, maybe."
The Time Traveler's Wife

It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
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Re: First Impressions - Possible spoiler if you have not concluded Hanna



Carmenere_lady wrote:


bentley wrote:


Carmenere_lady wrote:
I think I've finally figured out the cover! At first I thought it was an ancient cave drawing, but now I think it is an insects wing. What to you all think?




Yes, do you know what insect now? smile




I do indeed. I believe a butterfly's wing makes for a much nicer cover than say a gray hair or a wine stain :smileywink:




True..how interesting a butterfly indigenous to the alps...hmmm???
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Re: First Impressions

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Fozzie wrote:
The names of the characters in the book are unusual and complex!

I always look for the meaning of the title, or the mentioned of the title, in a book. I quickly found mention of it on page 11:

By linking research and imagination, sometimes I can think muself into the heads of the people who made the book. I can figure out who they were, or how they worked.

There's one possible meaning of the title --- the people who made the book.

Another layer of meaning is the multiple Abrahamic faiths (Jewish, Christian, Muslim/Islamic) represented in the story, all known as "People of the Book", whether the Tanakh, the Bible, or the Koran. All are obviously involved in the story of this Haggadah.

Currently am reading The Faith Club with a book group, so I was drawn to PotB by the title and description. I do recommend TFC if you are interested in interfaith dialogue -- very personal and up-close.

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Peppermill wrote:
Currently am reading The Faith Club with a book group, so I was drawn to PotB by the title and description. I do recommend TFC if you are interested in interfaith dialogue -- very personal and up-close.



Yes, I really enjoyed TFC too.  I enjoyed watching the evolution of thought as one person in particular realized we are more alike than different.
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Re: First Impressions (References pp. 264-5, but not really a spoiler)


Fozzie wrote:

I always look for the meaning of the title, or the mentioned of the title, in a book. I quickly found mention of it on page 11:

By linking research and imagination, sometimes I can think myself into the heads of the people who made the book. I can figure out who they were, or how they worked.

There's one possible meaning of the title --- the people who made the book.
Laura -- you may have noted that the same idea gets pretty much repeated on pp. 264-265, with perhaps a slightly broader scope or vision:

"I wanted to give a sense of the people of the book, the different hands that made it, used it, protected it." -- Hanna
"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here." -- Leo Tolstoy
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