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All this really happened

Simon Schama’s history of the Jews excels at bringing the past to life—even if he fails to capture the richness of Jewish culture in medieval Europe
Robert Alter  

Ambitious failure

Zadie Smith is a talented young writer who may yet produce great fiction. Her third novel, "On Beauty," has its moments but its satire of the academy is laboured and its imitation of EM Forster unsubtle
Robert Alter