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

  • Howard Cincotta
    Is someone were to say, “I need to pass a test on Jewish history next week,” I would answer: Don’t read Belonging, Simon Schama’s second volume of his Story of the Jews trilogy. Why? Because he is too immersed in the stories — the rich procession of shrewd traders, pious sch...
  • 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 ...
  • 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
    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...
  • Richard Block
    Belonging NowhereSparkling prose, insightful analysis and personal stories that make a larger point are what distinguish Simon Schama's histories. This one hits the bullseye in every respect, making it a superior sequel to the first volume of the promised three. Tracing the history of the Jews from ...
  • Rebecca
    This is a sprawling work covering a whole gamut of Jewish experience throughout the Early Modern world. It is ambitious, tragic and absorbing. The stories Schama follows are remarkable, and he does tell them in an engaging and literate manner (more than once, for instance, clearly enjoying his use o...
  • David
    This isn't really a history, instead it is a collection of stories about individual Jews up until 1800. Schama tells of Spinoza, Mendelsom and others in a way that people would tell stories in a break room. Complete with witty asides, jargon and stereotypes. Jews have survived for over two thousand ...

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