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Other Peoples Houses: A Novel Paperback – November 30, 2004
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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In addition to writing of her own little triumphs and misfortunes, Lore Segal also writes about her parents, who were fortunate enough to join her in England several months after her own arrival. (For various reasons, they were never actually able to live together again as a family in the same domicile.) Fortunate may not be the best word, since her father, already in poor health, suffered with various ailments before dying in 1944. He had been a bank's chief accountant in Austria, and his wife a highly cultured pianist, but while in England they had no choice but to work as gardener (the father) and cook (the mother). The author writes movingly (but not mawkishly) of their struggles. Interestingly, the mother, who adapted well and worked tirelessly, is portrayed in near heroic terms while the father is shown as not only a phyical failure but, I would say, also as a moral one.Read more ›
Her voice is so strong, smart, and sophisticated that even when the story is at its saddest you'll find her an irresitable narrator.
I not only loved reading this book, I learned from it.
The memoir is written with an honesty and humbleness, commemorating the life of an only child who had to be sent off on the Children's Train from Austria to England, not knowing if she will ever see her family again.
The engaging tale described the mental tools she had to develop to survive on her own being moved from one foster home to the next. She became accustomed to the class system in England, by being moved from the wealthy family of a Jewish furniture manufacturer in Liverpool - an Orthodox family who spoke Yiddish, which she couldn't understand or identify with at all, to a railroad stoker and his family, a milkman's family and the upper class of Guilford where her mother later would work as a maid. She would be living with five different families: There were the Levines, the Willoughbys, The Grinsleys, and finally Miss Douglas and Mrs. Dillon
This is a story of immigration and assimilation. Of finding new social bonds within challenging circumstances. The story of a lonely little girl who translated pain, guilt, grief, agony, stress and constant fear into suppressed anger, arrogance, ungratefulness, often rudeness and stubbornness. It made her unlikable. Although her parents were able to escape to England, they were not allowed, as domestics, to accommodate her into their lives. Domestics were not allowed to have their children living with them.Read more ›
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very strangely written. there were no paragraphs and the author jumped from time ti different time/Published 3 months ago by Mrs.Fernande Keller
This was entertaining. It gave me an insight into the lives of the Jewish children who were sent out of their countries to be safe during the war.Published 5 months ago by Annie McInnes
The first half was interesting, but then it jumped to America and it seemed the author was writing under water or in a dream. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I was so anxious to read this book. I have read several books lately about WW 2 . I thought this book would give me a more personal history of how the Jewish people were treated. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JPG
Excellent and added a different view completely to that time period.Published 7 months ago by Kimberly Bonar
This Jewish girl writes of her life as the stability of her life disintegrates. All the feelings and family trials. You can live it with her.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I cannot praise this book enough. With every page I was pulled deeper and deeper in, I could not put it down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by m pollard