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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

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ISBN13: 9780316077590
ISBN10: 0316077593
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After escaping WWII-era Berlin for London, the Rosenblums must assimilate into proper British society. Sadie Rosenblum isn't as concerned with fitting in as her husband, preferring to hang onto and embrace her German roots. Jack Rosenblum, however, will not be swayed from attaining the perfect English life. Marmalade, a Jaguar, and correct English attire soon follow, along with Jack's ownership of a respectable carpet factory. Yet, much to his consternation, one item is just outside of his reach: membership to a golf club. Try as he might, this is one element of British society that is seemingly unattainable. So, a desperate Jack does what he must: He builds his own golf club.

Although this is a light, funny, charming story, it doesn't lack depth. Solomons packs the pages with volumes of commentary on war, prejudice, and class, as well as the fears associated with leaving home, the difficulties of assimilation, and the personal cost of becoming culturally "invisible." Based on the true life story of the author's grandparents, this novel is dark and poignant underneath its delightful, sweet facade.
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At the outset of World War II, Jack Rosenblum and his family escape Berlin for London. Jack embraces the welcome pamphlet instructing immigrants how to act like "the English." He acquires Saville Row suits and a Jaguar. He never speaks German, apart from the occasional curse. But one key item--membership in a golf club--remains elusive. So Jack hatches a wild idea: he'll build his own.

Jack's wife, Sadie, does not share this obsession. She wants to cook her mother's recipes and remember the life they left behind. But when Jack relocates them to the country, Sadie watches their savings deplete as he pursues his quixotic dream.

In this gently surprising first novel, Natasha Solomons tells the captivating love story of a couple making a new life--and their wildest dreams--come true.

About the Author

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter who lives in Dorset, England. Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English is her first novel and was inspired in part by her childhood spent at the cottage her own grandparents bought with restitution money from Germany. The recipes in the novel are from her grandmother's ancient cookbook. Solomons' most recent novel is the New York Times bestseller The House at Tyneford.

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W S Krauss, September 9, 2012 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rosenblum, German Jews, left Germany just before WWII to live as refugees in England. Jack has a list of things he feels he needs to do to become a proper Englishman. Their daughter has left home to attend Cambridge, while Jack runs a successful carpet factory in London. His wife Sadie is lost in her sadness about those left behind in Germany and their fates. Jack has one last item on his list to accomplish to become English; he must join a golf club. He buys a set of clubs, but because he is Jewish, no club will accept him. So he and his wife move to the countryside and Jack sets about trying to build his own golf course, which he insists will be the best in England. What follows is a magnificent fable, where a man and his wife build a life for themselves in their adopted land and dreams come true despite all odds. It was a magical tale and I loved these characters, flaws and all, because this writing really felt like it reached their souls. I believed in them, even when they lost their way, and hoped and cheered for them as they found their path through their sorrows. This is not about a golf course, but about a course through life where Jack and Sadie find their home and their hearts.
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W S Krauss, September 9, 2012 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rosenblum, German Jews, left Germany just before WWII to live as refugees in England. Jack has a list of things he feels he needs to do to become a proper Englishman. Their daughter has left home to attend Cambridge, while Jack runs a successful carpet factory in London. His wife Sadie is lost in her sadness about those left behind in Germany and their fates. Jack has one last item on his list to accomplish to become English; he must join a golf club. He buys a set of clubs, but because he is Jewish, no club will accept him. So he and his wife move to the countryside and Jack sets about trying to build his own golf course, which he insists will be the best in England. What follows is a magnificent fable, where a man and his wife build a life for themselves in their adopted land and dreams come true despite all odds. It was a magical tale and I loved these characters, flaws and all, because this writing really felt like it reached their souls. I believed in them, even when they lost their way, and hoped and cheered for them as they found their path through their sorrows. This is not about a golf course, but about a course through life where Jack and Sadie find their home and their hearts.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316077590
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Solomons, Natasha
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20110610
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.78 lb

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After escaping WWII-era Berlin for London, the Rosenblums must assimilate into proper British society. Sadie Rosenblum isn't as concerned with fitting in as her husband, preferring to hang onto and embrace her German roots. Jack Rosenblum, however, will not be swayed from attaining the perfect English life. Marmalade, a Jaguar, and correct English attire soon follow, along with Jack's ownership of a respectable carpet factory. Yet, much to his consternation, one item is just outside of his reach: membership to a golf club. Try as he might, this is one element of British society that is seemingly unattainable. So, a desperate Jack does what he must: He builds his own golf club.

Although this is a light, funny, charming story, it doesn't lack depth. Solomons packs the pages with volumes of commentary on war, prejudice, and class, as well as the fears associated with leaving home, the difficulties of assimilation, and the personal cost of becoming culturally "invisible." Based on the true life story of the author's grandparents, this novel is dark and poignant underneath its delightful, sweet facade.

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