Top 10 Books by Geraldine Brooks

 

Geraldine Brooks, born in Australia is a prolific writer and has been awarded with the Pulitzer Prize Award for her incredible fiction writing. She has shown her exquisite writing adroitness in many fiction novels for which she has been acknowledged not only in the field of fiction writing but also non-fiction genres. She started out her career as a reporter in her hometown, Sydney and had also worked for Wall Street Journal in the Middle East and Bosnia. She is the most confounding consistent writer, and this is enough reason for everyone to read the books written by her. She has been awarded with Order of Australia for expounding her contribution to the writing industry.

Brook’s books have a frequent amount of sarcasm, the fantasy that involves a wider range of cultural diversities and deeper understanding into the world of growing religious changes. Here are the top 10 must reads written by this Australian-American novelist.

The Secret Chord

The Secret Chord is an old story of a king which had been re-scriptured in Brook's writing. The book has been narrated by Natan who is a prophet through whom, David speaks to god. This is a story of ancient past where the wisdom of chronicles were considered to the ultimate seeking for human reality. The invigorating element of the book is the way other characters talk about their story through Natan. The Secret Chord is a book which is based on the pragmatic view of poetry in action. The way Natan conveys the story of all the characters including the

Read it For:
This book is a page-turner for all those who love to search in the deep dark secrets of the past filled with love, drama, tragedy and brutality.
Don't Read it For:
If you do not like to read biblical stories, then this is probably not the book you would like to invest in.
What makes this book stand out?:
It gives you researched insights from Pulitzer award winner writer, into the life of King David. It is a treat reading the book for good long hours, makes you feel like you are diving deep into the old palace bricks.

People of the book

Brook's novels are based on some history and some life changing stories of the wartime. This is also one of the stories build based on the Bosnian War. Hannah, protagonist is a keen manuscript book conservator and wants to find a career path in the same field. Her careers takes a turn when she gets a call from Sydney about a precious medieval discovered from smouldering ruins of a war-torn area. She finds it a life changing experience and chose to explore the same. It is a miraculous story of a war-torn area Sarajevo. It is one of the oldest Jewish text that still exists, and it was going to be a roller coaster rider for her to chose to explore more about the secrets behind the book. It is a historical fiction with a little drama and a lot of historical facts about rare found manuscript.

Read it For:
If you are a historical lover, then this is the perfect book for you
Don't Read it For:
Finding historical manuscripts may not interest everyone and if you are one of them, then this is surely the wrong pick for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The art of writing the series of events happened in the past makes the book stand out like no other novel. Exploring about the ways in which the manuscript could survive through such a long time.

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden Part of Islamic Women

Brooks has written many books but some of the best non-fiction books can be seen in the shelf under the name of a Pulitzer Prize winner only. This talks about the story of the women in the Islamic culture and how they forms the Middle East. Geraldine has spent six years covering the wars, insurrections and the fundamentalism happening in Islamic war countries. This book is a journey to understand the women under the veils and the fastest growing religion and the way the Islam's holiest texts are being misused or presented to the world in order to justify the repression of women.

Read it For:
Engaging, captivating and engrossing writing with holistic view of the Islamic women in the Middle East. It is one of the most desired insights that everyone would want to know about.
Don't Read it For:
Intrepid journey of women under the veils is something which not the feminists would love to read.
What makes this book stand out?:
This novel walks into the intriguing insights of women

Year of Wonders

Brook's crime series are one of the top 10 best-selling novels. It is no joke to write a crime serious as captivating as her writing. The stories set in the early ages are like the pages turned in the medieval times and walking in the time machine to know about the ways in which people would deal with a cloth plague or disaster coming in the isolated village of the area.

Read it For:
Audacious women fighting for the right in her life is one of the rare feed novels that you will be able to find packed with some engrossing drama.
Don't Read it For:
Drawn in the medieval age, story of a woman with murderous drama going around her is like a regular mysterious novel for all the mystery lovers out there
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a blend of unforgettable read with illicit love and compassion.
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Le livre d’Hanna

If you speak French and would like to read a novel with the essence of history and love, then this could be one of the best novels of Geraldine coupled with tragic periods in the history that plunges deep in the heart of the reader.

Read it For:
The plot is a dazzling reconstruction of love and drama with unforgettable narration of Geraldine Brooks
Don't Read it For:
Paired with tragedy and love, this is one which might not be the best choice for romantic novel lovers who want a happy ending to every story, so pack your imagination before investing in it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a historical romantic fiction novel which is based out in the medieval period, highly enthralling and charming reads of Brooks.

Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over

Brooks is a travel lover and twenty years later, she wants to know about her pen friends and descends for a journey to meet them. In her hunt to meet those people, she came to know about their situation being war-ridden and filled with notoriety and mental illness.

Read it For:
If you love to travel and want a book of the same genre, then you are reading the right book.
Don't Read it For:
Monotonous writing of the travels and the pen pals search might make you want to drop the book down.
What makes this book stand out?:
Incessant love of a woman to become the global traveller, where she finds the mysteries and experience of life.

The Boyer Lectures 2011: The Idea Of Home

The book talks about the nature of expatriation and lesions that the people learn in the years of living in a foreign country. This novel is completely concentrated on the life of people living away from their home country due to some or the other reason and the personal reflection of Brook that she found in her years of staying away from Australia.

Read it For:
Brook's travel books are one of the well-written books out all the best-selling novels. It is like a must read for people who would love to travel like her someday.
Don't Read it For:
If you are afraid to travel or want to have your own set of experience without being influence by hers, then probably this won't be the right fit.
What makes this book stand out?:
Life's great achievements must be written down so that others can gain knowledge and required awareness before they start off with a journey as same as the writers. Hence, this could be the best book for aspiring journalist who wants to know about the life she lived as a reporter.

The Best American Short Stories

This book is a collection of American Short stories that is written by Geraldine Brooks and is also one of the top bestselling novels. The stories are filled with all sorts of genres and everyone would love to read the book with not only the interest of experiencing different genres at one place but to merely witness aesthetics of brilliant writing.

Read it For:
Stories are witty, wicked, filled with humour, romance. If you finish with one, you will find another waiting for you to amuse yourself
Don't Read it For:
Short stories are not fully engraved full-fledged stories like we see in other novels of pages, so this probably would not be your pick if you are a sole-novel-reader.
What makes this book stand out?:
The stories are incredibly crafted like the art of a craftsman. These are highly beguiling for readers.

March

March is a historic and love story based novel. It talks about the war period in America. March being the protagonist of the story is an abolitionist in the front lines of the war and tries to test his faith in himself, when he comes to know that he is not alone fighting for the cause but there are many people alongside him who were in the same path of barbarism and racism as him. As the story proceeds, he tries to connect with his family who do not know about the mind-settling ordeals that he had been dealing.

Read it For:
Set during the American Civil war, is a story of a man who is set forth to his journey where he tries to find his family and want them to learn about his situation. If you are a person who connects with the story of war-time, then this could be probably be in your favourites.
Don't Read it For:
Not many people find the wartime fascinating for them to read on for hours or even find it a good idea to take that book out of shelf, and if you are one of them then, this is not the right one for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
It strikes a perfect accord with the story of sensuous concord with the antebellum of the civil war period and the unturned stories of defeat.

Caleb’s Crossing

Caleb's Crossing is one of the popular books of Geraldine Brooks. It is an engrossing crime series that talks about a woman growing up in Puritans. She is young, curious and restless to explore about the wilderness of the coastland where she lives. It is a story about a young woman wanting to observe the inhabitants, in the meanwhile she finds a young boy of twelve, the chieftain that gradually draws each other into a world that awakens the wrath of the tribal. This novel talks about the fight of a young woman to educate herself and fulfil her dreams that goes through a rebellious pathway.

Read it For:
It is a rebellious story filled with a woman's thirst to gain knowledge. If you love to seek the book with thirst of education, then this could be the right pick for you.
Don't Read it For:
If you are the one who loves romance or any other genres, then this might not be the right find.
What makes this book stand out?:
Filling in the colonial period of the English missionaries are the coasted education of the Christian family. It is a book on Native American looking for a destiny to give her the intellect to learn, filled with tragedy and drama.

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