No One is Here Except All of Us
In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years- across oceans, deserts, and mountains-but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old gir...more
It’s an intriguing p...more
Ironically, since so many people have also admired Ausubel's skill as a writer, the writing is the problem for me. Characters are held at a distance. Others refer to the fairy-...more
After a brief, intriguing prolog Ausubel begins the story in 1939 Romania. In an out of the way, quiet Jewish village with a whole lot of Norman Rockwell done by Marc...more
How can I describe the unique and unforgettable novel No One Is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel? Part fable. Part poetry. Part fairy tale. Ausubel takes the stories that she has heard from her grandmother since childhood and weaves them into a breathtaking and heart wrenching novel with characters that are vivid and alive in their human desires, aches and triumphs.
A remote Jewish village in Romania dec...more
But I also just feel like this story was awful by...more
I will admit that it took me a while to warm up to this book. In large part I think this was due to the author's narrative style and in particular a tendency to string out sentences using conjunctions and commas. Rememeber the old song of "the birds and the bees and the flowers etc. - well this type of sentence seemed to dominate the early sections of the book and after a while, tended to grate on me.
Eventually I warmed up to the...more
When the residents of a small, isolated Jewish town in Romania realize the war is coming, they decide to cut off their peninsula from the outside world and prete...more
This piece of advice passed from a father to his son in "No One is Here Except All of Us," summarizes nicely this most original and mesmerizing story I have read in a long time. In the remote Romanian village of Zalischik, the mysterious villagers learn to become completely self-sufficient by trading with no neighboring villages and by cloaking themselves in stories of their own invention in or...more
In 1939, the villagers of a tiny Romanian town are horrified to learn, upon the arrival of a stranger, that the winds of war are sweeping toward them. For centuries, they have prided themselves on avoiding such trouble, tucked away in the forgotten wilderness.
Lena, an eleven year old girl, suggests that the adults simply pretend that the war isn't happening. Her simple statement takes hold, an...more
"I'm afraid," I said.
"Yes," she told me.
This is one of those books.
You could say it's a story of war and holocaust. You could say it's about magic and language and time. You could say it's a story of connections, of how strangers become families, of how families and communities begin, end, continue. You could say it's a spiritual story, full of questions and poetry and prayers. You could say it's about water and earth and s...more
Together, they decide to reinvent themselves. Husbands and children are exchanged, jobs are swapped, an...more
This book tells the story of Lena, a your Romanian Jewish girl living in an all but forgotten village in rural Romania as WWII rages around them. The town decides to reinvent the world in hopes of keeping the war at bay. It works for a time, until a newly forbidden radio is discovered under the floor boards of a barn turned temple. Once the radio is again brought to life, the war crashes in arou...more
A small Jewish town far removed from civilization attempting to keep themselves removed from the atrocities of World War Two by starting the world over on their little river made island. (view spoiler)[ When conflict does finally find them the slip back into the old world is full of conflict, sacrifice, love lost, love found and decisions that would haunt those involved throughout their lives. (hide spoiler)]
It took me a little while t...more
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