Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English: A Novel

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English: A Novel

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by Natasha Solomons
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316077590
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/10/2011
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
202,127
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet 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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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
When hasn't someone ever imagined a life better than the one they are currently living? That's just what Jack Rosenblum is doing not imagining. At the onset of World War II, Jack, his wife Sadie and their daughter, Elizabeth flee Berlin, Germany and head for London. Along their journey, Jack receives a pamphlet instructing him on how to fit in as an immigrant now that they are living in England which Jack vows to spend his life perfecting. This basically involves being as English as possible, speaking English only, wearing and adhering to all English manners and customs. Sadie isn't at all pleased to leave her former life behind and believes that trying to be something they're not is not what they should be doing and refuses to assimilate into a new lifestyle. She would rather head home to Israel and be with people like they are and not have to pretend to be someone else. Jack is obsessed with becoming a proper English gentleman, from buying what he determines is just the right suit to be seen in, refraining from speaking Jewish and adhering to his Jewish customs. He begins his transformation in buying enough carpet in various colors and reselling back to new immigrants coming into London to make life more suitable. Turns out, Jack is on to something and he begins to see the possibilities of what he dreams is possible coming true. The only elusive thing missing in his life is becoming a member of a country club and playing golf. Will Jack find an elite club that will allow a Jewish man to become a member or will he forgo his dream of finally fitting in? In the book, Mr. Rosenblum Dreams In English by Natasha Solomon, we find ourselves immersed in the lives of an immigrant family of the Rosenblums as they try and find a way to fit it when it seems that being Jewish hinders everything and place they try to live. It's about finding yourself along the way, and wondering what the consequences are of being something you aren't. I absolutely loved this story and easily rate it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I think the characters are well developed and the story line is so well written you feel as if you are part of the Rosenblum family. This book is available in paperback, hardcover, CD and eBook formats.
just-a-thot More than 1 year ago
wonderful, with some light-hearted fairy tale wisdom thrown in, too.
southerngardengirl More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Loved the characters and was sorry to have the story end.
bongie More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but drags and gets boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All you emotions will come out reading this novel Thank you for the best book i ever read!
LoveToReadItAll More than 1 year ago
This is simply a wonderful story, beautifully told.  The main character's determination to achieve his goal no matter the obstacle will make you stand up and cheer.  Ms. Solomon's gift for descriptive narrative makes the turn of each page a delight.  This is a book you will never want to see end, but  when it does, be sure to read the author's notes at the end of the story.  You will be even more amazed!
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In a way I relate this to The Life of Pi as far as the speed of "telling." It played out mainly in few locations and in extended detail. I will say it was thoughtprovokiing even after I was finished reading it. It was interesting as it engaged my own thinking, but all said it was just OK.
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violinnm More than 1 year ago
What a perfectly charming and engaging story. By half way through, I had to buy a copy for my reading buddy, as I knew she would find it to be enchanting as well. I look forward to reading more works by Natasha.
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Mel-Bclt More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! You will find yourself pulling for Mr. Rose-In-Bloom and his quest to build the finest golf course in the West of England. The characters are engaging, and you will find yourself smiling at the end of this charming story.
xuxuLM More than 1 year ago
Very good story about trying to belong, and survive, in an adopted land. Mr Rosenblum's effort to be part of the local society showed how important it is for an immigrant to adapt himself out of respect for the country he chose as his final destination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding example of true British homor andstory telling . I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a great story!
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[More info about this book at powells.com (new window)] 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 friends and to revisit over time. ISBN-10: 0316077585 - Hardcover Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (June 21, 2010), 368 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.