Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

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In her tender, sweetly comic debut, Natasha Solomons tells the captivating love story of a Jewish immigrant couple making a new life--and their wildest dreams--come true in WWII-era England.
At the outset of World War II, Jewish refugees 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 Savile 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.
Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Co 2011.
ISBN: 9780316077590
Branch Call Number: SOL
Characteristics: 357 p.

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medgley
Nov 02, 2011

A lot of wallowing in the first half, but things look better in the last part. This is the story of a Jewish couple who escape Germany to England and attempt to make a new life. They move to a country town and the husband decides to build a golf course.

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morebooksplease
May 07, 2011

A delightful read about finding yourself while trying to become someone else. All the golf details slowed me down a bit as I don't play but really a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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KarenW
Mar 22, 2011

When Mr. Rosenblum moves his family to England to escape WWII, he decides to go all the way and become as English as possible. He almost accomplishes total immersion when he finds he cannot do the one thing he desires the most - join a golf and country club. So he decides that if he can't join one, he will build one. And one can't help but cheer the little man on while he struggles to achieve his goal while trying to move the proverbial mountain. And when others come to his aid, he finds the community he and his wife were always looking for. This delightful read makes one believe in wooly pigs, gigantic tortes, and that one person can make something worthwhile in this world.

EBWelch Oct 28, 2010

A little slow to start, Jack Rosenblum, entrepreneur, captures your attention and gains your enthusiasm for his new project, a golf course. A great story of enduring love, developing friendships, and overcoming prejudice to achieve your dreams.

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Iowakid
Sep 19, 2010

I loved this book. I entered a whole world, it really brightened my week. Characters are great, love the details, and of course it makes things seem entirely possible.

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