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Sons of the Covenant: A Tale of London Jewry

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Sons of the Covenant: A Tale of London Jewry by Samuel Gordon offers a captivating glimpse into the lives of Jewish families living in London during the nineteenth century. The author skillfully weaves together the stories of different characters, each facing their own struggles and triumphs as they navigate the complexities of their faith, culture, and identity.

Gordon's writing is rich and evocative, painting a vivid picture of a community bound by tradition and history. The characters are well-developed and relatable, each grappling with questions of faith, belonging, and their place in a rapidly changing world. The author's attention to detail and historical accuracy adds depth and authenticity to the narrative, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the world of London Jewry.

Overall, Sons of the Covenant is a compelling and thought-provoking read that sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of London's history. Gordon's storytelling is both engaging and informative, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in historical fiction or Jewish culture.

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Born in London's poverty-stricken and heavily Jewish East End, the Lipcott boys create their own successes in life and love. The brothers' commitment to improving the lives of working class people leads them to concoct The Scheme to help both the residents of their former neighbourhood and the Jewish people as a whole. The author stresses the responsibility of middle class Jews toward the Jewish poor. Consequently, this 1900 story has its preachy moments as well as some essentialised speculations about Jewish history and character. But the book isn't all earnestness - there are character studies, love interests, and some great comic scenes, too! The son of a Russian rabbi, Samuel Gordon was born in Germany and came to England at the age of 13. Like Phil Lipcott, his protagonist in this novel, Gordon attended Cambridge University. The club envisioned by The Scheme seems modeled after London's Jewish Working Men's Institute. This was one of several East End organisations established by Jewish philanthropists around the turn of the 19th century to "instill in the rising generation all that is best in the English character..." .

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