Title: Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English
Author: Natasha Solomons
Publication Date: June 21, 2010 by Reagan Arthur Books
Pages: 256 of the most beautiful pages I've read this year
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fiction
Source: Shelf Awareness and
Synopsis from Reagan Arthur Books:
At the outset of World War II, 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 Saville 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.
My Thoughts: Oh, Dear Reader, I can only hope my words will convey the passion I have for this book. Jack and Sadie's story captivated my imagination and I dare say, they have ensnared me within the words of their life, of which I don't want to be free!! Their journey together made me laugh, smile, experience overwhelming sadness and grief, yet it was an exhilarating ride. Jack desperately feels the need to belong as an Englishman in England. He's ashamed of being German, and also ashamed of being a Jew. His new religion is the pamphlet he received on arrival to England entitled, "Rules of Being English." He incorporates each rule into his everyday existence. I felt that he was trying to lose his "true" self in order to be accepted. While, Sadie, on the other hand, was never willing to give up her heritage nor her memories. Living in London has driven Jack and Sadie apart. They no longer can remember their early days spent crazily in love. It isn't until moving to the Dorset countryside and Jack's impossible scheme of creating his own golf course that breaks down their barriers and allows each of them to look, REALLY, look at each other. In Dorset, they learn to love again.
I absolutely loved this book. At first, I questioned myself as to whether I would enjoy this or not, because let's face it...does creating a golf course sound like a riveting read??? Well, trust me...it is! This book is beautiful beyond belief. I finished it over a week ago and I'm still carrying Jack and Sadie in my heart.
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED