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Mr. Rosenblum dreams in English [sound recording] : [a novel]
Solomons, Natasha
Adult Fiction SOLOMON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Screenwriter Solomons's debut novel is the pleasant, ripped-from-the-family-archives story of German exile Jack Rosenblum and his unlikely postwar quest to build a golf course in the Dorset countryside. Fresh off the boat and with a "Helpful Information and Friendly Guidance for Every Refugee" pamphlet in hand, Jack dives passionately into assimilation, starting a booming carpet business, buying his suits at Henry Poole and his hats at Lock of St. James, and avoiding his native tongue at all costs. And while he can afford golf clubs at Harrod's, he can't check off the last item on his list: join a golf club. On impulse, he buys a damp acreage and embarks on the final leg of his assimilation. Meanwhile, his wife, Sadie, obsesses over the past, churning out Baumtortes and other confections. It's undeniably winsome, and while the pace is lackadaisical at best, the details of postwar Britain are nicely observed, and the narrative offers a sweet perspective on some very heavily traveled turf. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

As Jewish refugees from Berlin who had obtained exit visas to Britain in 1937, Jack and Sadie Rosenblum have a lot for which to be thankful. Even a brief imprisonment as an enemy alien does little to dampen Jack's ardor for all things British or shorten his list of rules to live by to become more truly English. But while success comes to Jack in the form of a booming carpet business, Savile Row suits, a beloved Jaguar, and a Cambridge-bound daughter, one mark of the true Englishman still eludes him: the genteelly anti-Semitic British place Jewish quotas on golf club membership. So Jack uproots Sadie and moves her to the Dorset countryside, where a thatched cottage and a large acreage beckon him. Armed with a course design guide by Bobby Jones, Jack cheerfully sets out to build single-handedly the finest golf course in England in time for the new queen's coronation. -Verdict Mix some eccentric villagers with evocative descriptions of English gardens and Jewish baking and you have a beguiling debut novel sure to appeal to the legion of fans of novels like Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and Helen Simonson's Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.-Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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