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Jacob's Gift: A Journey into the Heart of Belonging [Paperback]

Jonathan Freedland
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25 May 2006
Jonathan Freedland and his son Jacob are the fourth and fifth generation of Jewish immigrants who came from Eastern Europe to Britain to carve a new life for themselves. In Jacob's Gift, Freedland delves deep into his family history to discover what brought his ancestors to Britain and what they found when they got there. The result is a wonderful family memoir, and a profound meditation on roots, identity and the perennial need to belong.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141014911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014913
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has been a columnist at the Guardian since 1997 and was named Columnist of the Year in the 2002 What the Papers Say awards. His first book, Bring Home the Revolution, was published in 1988.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant tale. 27 Dec 2006
By Sc0tty
Format:Hardcover
This a gripping tale of a number of Mr Freeland's antecedents.

Their stories are interwoven with some of the key events of the Twentieth Century.

The lives portrayed are both inspirational and at the same time a sad reflection on the shallow and cynical world in which we find ourselves today.

However I feel there is one minor fault, which is the final chapter. I find this an unconvincing attempt to rationalise the conflicts of his Jewish (largely secular) identity and the world of progressive/socialist thought to which the rest of his identity belongs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars moving 23 Feb 2005
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Format:Hardcover
this is a great book. it is about mr freedland's search for his identity as a jewish person who half admires and also despises all israel stands for. confusing this would be in the hands of a lesser writer. mr freedland pulls it off thanks to his brilliant mind and awesome prose.as someone who has had doubts about israel in the past this book puts the case well for israel. i for one am now convinced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely warm book 21 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was recommended to me. It was published several years ago, and I bought it used. It is a great book, beautifully written, with great warmth and feeling. It is an insight into a Jewish Family, going back to the migration during the Pogroms, through life in the East End of London, pre-independent Israel, and seen through the eyes of Freedland's Mother, and great uncles. I was sad to finish it.
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