At the start of World War II, Jack and Sadie Rosenblum flee Berlin for London with their baby daughter, Elizabeth. Upon arrival, Jack receives a pamphlet from the German Jewish Aid Committee on how to act like a proper Englishman. He follows it to the letter - Saville Row suits, the BBC, trips to Covent Garden, a Jaguar - and it works like a charm. The Rosenblums settle into a prosperous new life.
Just one item on the list eludes him: An Englishman must be a member of a golf course. No golf course in England at the time will admit a Jew. But the list is now the guiding document in Jack's life, and he must check off the final item. So he decides to build his own golf club in the Dorset countryside. For the second time, Sadie leaves a home she loves. And despite ancient customs, British snobbery, mythical beasts, and a shrinking bank account, they triumph once again.
©2010 Natasha Solomons (P)2010 HighBridge Company
"Utterly charming and very funny." (Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
About a Jewish man and his wife who emigrate to England from Berlin in the 30's, barely ahead of the Nazis. The sub-text story is about cultural contrasts, the immigrant experience, anti-semitism, and the devastating losses of European Jews whose families stayed behind. It is told in a charming style, not over-bearing, a little slow at times. Ultimately about redemption, love, and kindness. Narration was excellent.
Narrative makes the world go round.
On the surface this is the perfect summer listen that it first appears to be (for fans of eccentric British characters, period pieces and/or literary comedy.) But its more! Solomons manages to evoke serious reflection on "melting pot" vs "cultural mosiac" of immigrant experience as well as the soft but persistent undercurrents of racism, both in Mr Rosenblum's day and our own.
I would have liked this had it been just ear candy capitalizing on North Amercian hits like Guernsey Potato Peel Pie. Mj Pettigrew et. al. -- but it's more than just "charming" and a worthy listen in itself.
Bonus that it suits the summer listening niche so nicely!
Originality, kindness, beauty
Toss up between Mr & Mrs Rosenbloom. Both so real and so lovable.
Both! The efforts Mr R puts into fitting in, & Mrs R into preserving authenticity so well described!
Awed by book's magic. Usually I don't like magic much, but here it worked. It seemed real to the characters' experiences. Absolutely beautiful book! Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed this story. I had just listened to The Dog Stars where every emotion was express by the number of F_____s our hero expressed. The Rosenblum story completely absorbed you in the emotions of the characters of the story. You felt their anger, their embarrassment, their joy. Solomons rote a book that you listened to, then listen to it again, to see what you missed. She didn't need the F word to express emotion. Thank goodness.
No, I’d prefer to have read the book. The narrator has a lovely British accent but delivers all lies in the same voice and does not know how to pronounce any of the non English words or phrases. These shortcomings seriously detract from the audio book.
The story has a charming if unbelieveable aspect.
Prounouciation errors and lack of ability to read in any but his own voice.
Sadie Rosemblum, she seemed the most real and the most clearly drawn.
It was boring.. It really tried to be something...there was a promising beginning, but as we progressed through the chapters it became less and less entertaining. Unfortunately it never really went anywhere.
Ms Solomon has a lovely writing style and interesting prose, unfortunately she just didn't have a very interesting story to tell.
Mr. Adams does lovely and very believable accents and that is basically the only positive thing this audio book has to keep one interested.
Don't waste your money/credits...its just not going anywhere....
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