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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

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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, his wife Sadie, and their baby daughter escape Berlin, bound for London. They are greeted with a pamphlet instructing immigrants how to act like the English. Jack acquires Saville Row suits and a Jaguar. He buys his marmalade from Fortnum & Mason and learns to list the entire British monarchy back to 913 A.D. He never speaks German, apart from the occasional curse. But the one key item that would make him feel fully British -membership in a golf club-remains elusive. In post-war England, no golf club will admit a Rosenblum. Jack hatches a wild idea: he'll build his own.

It's an obsession Sadie does not share, particularly when Jack relocates them to a thatched roof cottage in Dorset to embark on his project. She doesn't want to forget who they are or where they come from. She wants to bake the cakes she used to serve to friends in the old country and reminisce. Now she's stuck in an inhospitable landscape filled with unwelcoming people, watching their bank account shrink as Jack pursues his quixotic dream.

In her tender, sweetly comic debut, Natasha Solomons tells the captivating love story of a couple making a new life-and their wildest dreams-come true.

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"Screenwriter Solomons's debut novel is the pleasant, ripped-from-the-family-archives story of German exile Jack Rosenblum and his unlikely postwar quest to build a golf course in the Dorset countryside. Fresh off the boat and with a 'Helpful Information and Friendly Guidance for Every Refugee' pamphlet in hand, Jack dives passionately into assimilation, starting a booming carpet business, buying his suits at Henry Poole and his hats at Lock of St. James, and avoiding his native tongue at all costs. And while he can afford golf clubs at Harrod's, he can't check off the last item on his list: join a golf club. On impulse, he buys a damp acreage and embarks on the final leg of his assimilation. Meanwhile, his wife, Sadie, obsesses over the past, churning out Baumtortes and other confections. It's undeniably winsome, and while the pace is lackadaisical at best, the details of postwar Britain are nicely observed, and the narrative offers a sweet perspective on some very heavily traveled turf. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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With its bittersweet humor and World War II nostalgia, this novel, inspired by autobiographical events, is the charming love story of a couple making a new life--and their wildest dreams--come true.

Synopsis:

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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In 1937, with Germany's antisemitism is on the rise, the Rosenblum decide to relocate to England. Unable to bring their extended family, Jack, Sadie and their young daughter arrive in Harwich and disembark from a boat full of refugees. A member of the German Jewish Aid Committee hands Jack a pamphlet entitled "While you are in England: Helpful Information and Friendly Guidance for every Refugee."

Jack takes this advice to heart and pores over the list of prescribed behavior. He switches to speaking only English, buys British, and aspires for and acquires what he believes to be the trappings of a true English gentleman. The one thing that remains is membership to the right golf club.

Jack tries -- he applies to all the clubs in his vicinity, reaches out to members, offers to by his way in. In the end, when it becomes clear that the regular golf clubs won't admit him. And since Jack refuses to join a Jewish golf club, Jack Rosenblum makes a life changing decision. He decides to build his own golf club -- to make the best golf club in South West England. He sells their house and uproots his wife to Dorset.

Jack Rosenblum doesn't realize how some of his old habits remain. He retains the European habit of tips lavishly (surely, they appreciate it -- for their good service) and is carefully polite. He doesn't see the contempt that his attempts inspire in the regular English around him. But in Dorset, as he approaches this seemingly impossible task of creating a golf course, his determination, hard work, kindness and good bring him the acceptance that he deserves.


Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English: A Novel is whimsical, beautifully written, funny and poignant at turns. Natasha Solomon captures the heartache of the diaspora and the yearning for a true home with accuracy, sensitivity and humor. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English: A Novel is a book that will resonate with readers of all ages -- it's a book to share with good friend and to revisit over again.


ISBN-10: 0316077585 - Hardcover
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (June 21, 2010), 368 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316077583
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Solomons, Natasha
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20110610
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.78 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Screenwriter Solomons's debut novel is the pleasant, ripped-from-the-family-archives story of German exile Jack Rosenblum and his unlikely postwar quest to build a golf course in the Dorset countryside. Fresh off the boat and with a 'Helpful Information and Friendly Guidance for Every Refugee' pamphlet in hand, Jack dives passionately into assimilation, starting a booming carpet business, buying his suits at Henry Poole and his hats at Lock of St. James, and avoiding his native tongue at all costs. And while he can afford golf clubs at Harrod's, he can't check off the last item on his list: join a golf club. On impulse, he buys a damp acreage and embarks on the final leg of his assimilation. Meanwhile, his wife, Sadie, obsesses over the past, churning out Baumtortes and other confections. It's undeniably winsome, and while the pace is lackadaisical at best, the details of postwar Britain are nicely observed, and the narrative offers a sweet perspective on some very heavily traveled turf. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With its bittersweet humor and World War II nostalgia, this novel, inspired by autobiographical events, is the charming love story of a couple making a new life--and their wildest dreams--come true.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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