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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English: A Novel Paperback – June 10, 2011
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Yeah, that might be a bit much, but my feelings for Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English are pretty extreme. I have met my favorite book of the year my dears and... well... I'll try to keep the gushing to a minimum.
Jack Rosenblum, his wife Sadie and their daughter Elizabeth have fled Nazi Germany for the safety of England before World War II. Upon their arrival, they are given a pamphlet on how to fit into England's world. Jack is a diminutive man, standing only five feet three and a half inches, but don't let his size fool you. Inside there is the heart of a lion-hearted Englishman and Jack is determined to prove it. So he takes the list, takes it to heart, and begins to live by the list. So when Jack is arrested as a "Class B Enemy Alien" and thrown into prison, Jack's hopes for life in England are almost crushed.
Lucky for Jack, his friend Edgar gets him declared a "Class C Alien," which means he is no threat to the country, and he is released. Jack, feeling more exposed and threatened than ever, begins to add new items to the list. Jack's list grows and grows, until it is well over 100 items of What it Takes to be English. He obtains all these items except one. The last item on his list is membership in an English golf club.Read more ›
Jack holds on to the pamphlet reading it constantly and adding items that he picks up to make sure no one thinks they are not part of English life. He earns an income and then falls into a stroke of good luck and finds himself owning a carpet factory that within ten years is one of the largest in London. Making more than enough money to upgrade their life again Jack starts another phase of following his dreams to be the perfect English gentlemen and in order to accomplish this he needs to play golf.
He buys a set of clubs which leads to a larger purchase of a cottage with enough land to design and build his own golf course where everyone can join regardless of their ethnicity. Again Sadie follows but this dream she is having trouble swallowing and fears the risk is too great for them to handle. Jack says no it will be fine and starts the process of adding items to the list of proper English behavior and construction of his golf course.
The town is less than welcoming but slowly and surely he makes friends and gets some local assistance in the construction. Jack thinks he needs the greatest golfer of his time, Bobby Jones to come and play the inaugural round but letters go unanswered while at the same time jealousy and prejudices start to rear their ugly heads.Read more ›
Review: The first thing i loved about this book was the cover. It is a smaller sized, gorgeous hardback with a mat finish and feels like one of those vintage editions of a classic I sometimes pick up at charity shops. The second thing I loved about this book was the dedication: 'On his ninetieth birthday, I promised my grandfather that I would dedicate my first novel to him. So, this is for Mr P.E. Shields O.B.E., 1910-2000.
The next thing I loved about this book didn't come until about page 135 where the character of Curtis begins to be explored - a truly magical elderly man in the village the Rosenblums move to. This is about the time in the story where the characters really get some depth and are revealed with greater description. I read this story for my book club, and if i didn't feel such a pressure to actually read the book we will discuss I probably would've abandoned this early. I'm so glad I didn't and kept persevering with it because it is a lovely story about the courage simple, everyday people need to follow their dreams.Read more ›
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No problem with seller. But with book. Boring lol!! My book club picked a stinkerPublished 23 hours ago by nan
A easy read and good
Story about immigration from a
Not a fan of this book at all, didn't even bother to finish it. It was very predictable and lacked the character and quality of her other work.Published 2 months ago by kloughran
I enjoyed it. It makes one think about what it would be like to find oneself in an entirely new life and how to fit in.Published 3 months ago by sue martin
It was an O.K. read. I still think that The House at Tyneford is Miss Solomon's best work so far.Published 5 months ago by Harriett Walker
Warm hearted. Strong man overcomes set backs.
The emigrant experience , hard , but with a positive outcome.
This is a good natured reading experience.
Natasha Solomons based Jack and Sadie Rosenblum on her grandparents, who emigrated from Berlin to London in 1937 and later resided in Dorset where she lives today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carole
(3.5 stars) Jack Rosenblum and his wife and daughter escape Germany for England at the beginning of WWII. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michelle Boytim