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Belonging Audiobook

Belonging: The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492-1900)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize

Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents; from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492, it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance, to the brink of the 20th century and, it seems, a point of profound hope.

It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; and an opera composer in 19th-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the stage coaches and the railways, trudges the dawn streets of London and hobbles along with the remnant of Napoleon's ruined army.

Through Schama's passionate telling of this second chronicle in an epic tale, a history emerges of the Jewish people that feels it is the story of everyone, of humanity.

©2017 Simon Schama (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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    "A wide ranging history of the Jewish people."

    Many useful insights into Jewish history, culture, religion and thought. The mini biographies of famous, and not so famous individuals are particularly interesting and help to tell the bigger story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Bangor, Down, United Kingdom 29/10/2017
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    "Excellent sequel"

    Simon Schama continues his much anticipated epic history of the Jews and doesn’t disappoint. Brilliant.

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    G. Child Skegness, Lincolnshire 09/02/2018
    G. Child Skegness, Lincolnshire 09/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "The Story of the Jews"

    narrator very good. Excellent book also for student study. loved learning all their early history .

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