Belonging by Simon Schama


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 hopelessness nor shrouded in the smoke of the crematoria. As much as it gives full wei...

Details Belonging

Release DateOct 5th, 2017
PublisherBodley Head
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Religion, Literature, Jewish, Judaism

Reviews Belonging

  • 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 live where they could carry on with their lives in peace had been a pressing concern; and as this book explains in some detail, the theme of moving, s...
  • 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 Theodor Herzl - one can see what it is aiming at. It talks about Jewishness, antisemitism, and Zionism. But it is also about the Enlightenment, modernity,...
  • 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 railways, a remarkable bare-knuckle boxing champion in London at the end of the 18th century..... The book bursts with life, but at the same time there is...
  • 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 seed of the next chapter, yet to be written. I recommend this book, but it is definitely not for the un-initiated. Reading it in a New York city drunk ...
  • 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 hoofdstukken zie je al, dat alles wat er in de vorige eeuw gebeurd is, bijna onvermijdbaar was. Hitler heeft alles niet alleen bedacht.