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
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
It’s an intriguing p ...more
But I also just feel like this story was awful by ...more
Together, they decide to reinvent themselves. Husbands and children are exchanged, jobs are swapped, an ...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
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
indeed wh ...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
13/11 - This wasn't for me. It was just too weird. I was expecting the story of a town hiding from the horror of WWII and the Nazis, what I got was the story of an 11-year-old girl who is 'given' to her maternal aunt, who has been unable to have children, because her mother already has 'enough' children and it's not fair to have three children while some have none.
After the arrival of a stranger (who no ...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
The book opens in a remote Romanian village after a storm. The villagers collect what was brought down the river as the water recedes and finds a woman. She's alive. She doesn't remember much except that all of her people are gone. The reader assumes her village was destroyed by the Nazis and she is the lone survivor. It is through this experience that the villagers decide to s ...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
The main reason I'd recommend reading this novel is simply to enjoy the author's use of words. Her writing is absolutely, heartachingly ...more
I was glued to its pages, awe struck by the perfection of its prose, losing count of the sentences so piercing that they made me weep.
What talent this woman possesses: extraordinary.
Read it. Then make everyone you know read it.
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
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