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Jacob's Children Hardcover – June 1, 1997
From Library Journal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Of interest to genealogists is the detailed histories of most of the Jewish families in the Sudan as well as an appendix listing all Jewish marriages that had occurred during the community's existence in the Sudan. The appendix alone makes this a must have for genealogy and Jewish history libraries.
Although I have only gone over an Arabic transcript of some of the book's chapters (on a Sudanese local paper) I love to get hold of the English version of the book .. It is worthhaving and worthreading!
Malka is at his best in grounding the reader in this period of history. Many similar stories exist of other families who spent significant parts of their lives in both British and French 'possessions'.They all share intimate insights into family life and the characters who are portrayed within the society they occupied.I did hope to learn more of an unknown great uncle (Bernard Goldring)but he isn't much more than a walk on part. You can't have everything!! I enjoyed much of his memoir but perhaps some of his business dealings were expanded to the point of tedium.
The book however is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the global colonial period from the perspective of someone who lived it. Malka is generally generous in his treatment of individuals and does not come across as bitter when his world disappeared in the post-colonial period. There were several clues (unintended) as to why there was antipathy towards the colonial power and it's fellow travellers. The best one is the story of the differential pension arrangements for employees depending whether they were European or Sudanese. Guess who got the worst deal?