Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492–1900 by Simon Schama

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492–1900

The words that failed were words of hope. But they did not fail at all times and everywhere.These gripping pages teem with words of defiance and optimism, sounds and images of tenacious life and adventurous modernism, music and drama, business and philosophy, poetry and politics. The second part of Simon Schama's epic Story of the Jews is neither overwhelmed by hopelessnes...

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Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492–1900 Reviews

  • Paulo Reimann
    Let's put it that way......I highly respect Schama and recognize in him a great intellectual. I was looking for something that entertains me without the scholarship flavourful the book provides. My bad. The book is lesser about history more into social pages. Some high points such as the portion, sh...
  • Paul
    This second volume of Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people begins in the ghettos of Venice where the Jews of the Iberian peninsula had ended up after being expelled. Those that had not escaped were forced to convert and even then were still persecuted. This search for safety and somewhere to ...
  • Riet
    Een schitterend vervolg op zijn eerste deel van de Geschiedenis van de Joden. Schama is een echte verteller. De geschiedenis wordt steeds verbonden aan mensen van vlees en bloed, wat het allemaal zeer leesbaar maakt. Ik vond het gedeelte over de Joden in Nederland erg interessant. In de laatste hoof...
  • Barbara
    This is a mammoth book - 700 pages of Simon Schama's inimitable and dazzling way of telling history through the stories of individuals. And what characters they are - rich and poor, learned and unlearned, fixers and dealers, actor-managers, poetesses, opera composers, a US diplomat, builders of rail...
  • Wing Cheung
    In this painfully beautiful 700-page second instalment, Schama has given us a string of exquisitely vivid vignettes about the tenacity of an inextinguishable culture that perennially wandered and suffered. It begins with the story about a David Reubeni and ends with a cliffhanger about the very Theo...
  • Sara Laor
    A very heavy book, and I certainly felt that I was in a multi-mirrored house of Jewish horrors spanning the many centuries and continents. It's hard to feel uplifted after reading this magisterial and factually depressing book. I'm glad Schama ended with Herzl -- he is certainly the very germ of a s...
  • Murray Braun
    Read the first four chapters which deal with the 16th century. Compared with "A Convenient Hatred: History of Anti-Semitism," there is little if anything written about Luther and the importance of the reformation. The stress here is on Italy and Turkey with a side-trip to Safed....
  • Caroline
    As expected, fascinating, especially where figures I recognize from art history appear as significant players in their worlds. A large, densely printed tome unsuited to being toted about, so rather slow going....

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