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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English | [Natasha Solomons]

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Utterly charming and very funny." (Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)

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    Emily Thetford Ctr., VT, United States 09-09-11
    Emily Thetford Ctr., VT, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Endearing"
    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English the most enjoyable?

    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.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-07-10
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-07-10 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "more than meets the eye"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine M. Lehar 01-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful"
    Would you listen to Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English again? Why?

    Yes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Originality, kindness, beauty


    Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

    Toss up between Mr & Mrs Rosenbloom. Both so real and so lovable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! The efforts Mr R puts into fitting in, & Mrs R into preserving authenticity so well described!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Mesa, AZ 09-20-12
    Judith Mesa, AZ 09-20-12
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    "An enjoyable story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaynalyn east coast 08-14-12
    Shaynalyn east coast 08-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Different take on immigration, but delivery flawed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has a charming if unbelieveable aspect.


    What didn’t you like about James Adams’s performance?

    Prounouciation errors and lack of ability to read in any but his own voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and why?

    Sadie Rosemblum, she seemed the most real and the most clearly drawn.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Newburgh, IN, United States 06-26-12
    Shelley Newburgh, IN, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It really tries...."
    What disappointed you about Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Natasha Solomons’s story?

    Ms Solomon has a lovely writing style and interesting prose, unfortunately she just didn't have a very interesting story to tell.


    What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Adams does lovely and very believable accents and that is basically the only positive thing this audio book has to keep one interested.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money/credits...its just not going anywhere....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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