Monday, November 22, 2010

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons

When Jack Rosenblum arrives in England from Germany near the beginning of World War II, he makes it his mission to become as assimilated as possible. He tries religiously to follow the advice in a pamphlet to help refugees fit into English society and does very well for himself, starting a successful carpet business, owning a jaguar, and buying suits on Savile Row. But one thing eludes him—membership in a golf club. Rejected by several because he's Jewish, he decides to build one himself in his new hometown in the Dorset countryside. It proves to be an uphill battle for a number of reasons-- the unpredictable English weather, the lay of the land, not knowing a lot about golf, a dwindling money supply and his wife Sadie's belief in not forgetting the past while Jack wants nothing more than to put their life before England completely behind them. A charming story that illustrates the immigrant experience at this particular point and time.

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