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Uncle Rudolf: A Novel

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In Uncle Rudolf, two-time Booker-Prize finalist Paul Bailey has crafted an exquisite, profoundly moving portrayal of a charismatic and popular performer in World War II-era Europe, and the orphaned nephew he takes under his wing.

Seventy-year-old man Andre reflects back on his life, beginning with his Jewish childhood in Romania on the eve of World War II. Andre's father, i
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 18th 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 7th 2003)
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Ana
Jun 28, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romanians!!
Exceptionally light, it's an easy to read, simply written novel that just captures your attention! Being romanian myself, I was able to connect to some things in the book (obviously), and I was pleased to see that everything was correctly written about. I was especially amazed by the refference to great romanian musicians, in this case GEorge Enescu and Dinu Lipatti, men that are above high standars in music, men that achieved more than many of our people.
I would gladly recommend this book to a
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Michaela
May 11, 2011 Michaela rated it liked it
A fake memoir constructed of Andrew Peterson's fragmented memories. Uncle Rudolf could really be described as a gigantic puzzle of pieces of recollections that needs to be put together in order to reveal the full picture. Remarkable narrative.
Pauline
A good story but confusing because of stream of consciousness.
Irene
Nov 10, 2015 Irene rated it liked it
This is a very interesting story of loss of parents and place and the finding of a new life with an uncle. This novel is written as a reflection by Andrei of the strange journey he is sent on by his father in order to save him from the approaching Holocaust. The loss of his country, parents and language are replaced by an uncle, a famous singer, who takes him to London and introduces him to a new life, with even a new name. He helps him become a gentleman with love and sardonic humor. This is a ...more
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Feb 26, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Excellent book from an author new to me.
Tom
Dec 16, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
This is a really nice book. Story line: The Romanian parents of a 7 yr. old boy, Andrew, give him up to the uncle (Rudolf) who lives comfortably in pre- WWII London. This is the story of him, his life before London, and with his uncle in London and France. The story line goes back and forth between the uncle's life and Andrew's, up into his 70's and near death.
Damian Serbu
Apr 24, 2015 Damian Serbu rated it really liked it
Bailey is a delightful writer. He sets intense stories in the past and gives them an incredible authenticity. This is a moving story, well told.
Kelly
A very short, fast read that is crafted well. I am interested in Holocaust fiction and historical fiction, and this book satisfied my interest.
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British writer and Literary Fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities (1972-74), he was Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at the North Dakota State University (1977-79). He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award in 1974 and in 1978 he won the George Orwell Prize for his essay "The Limitations of Despair", first published in The Listener magazine.
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