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Other People's Houses

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Nine months after Hitler takes Austria, a ten-year-old girl leaves Vienna on a train that is to take several hundred children westward to safety. For the next seven years she lives in "other people's houses, " and in this novel Lore Segal depicts with insight and wit the settings and the ways of life of the people who gave her refuge. Originally published in 1964, "Other P...more
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Published August 1st 1994 by New Press, The (first published 1958)
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Ayelet Waldman
She is one of my new favorite novelists.
Kerfe
Segal calls this a novel, based on her experience, but I suspect it is mostly fact. Unsentimental, yet moving; the emotions evoked are real, not contrived.

She says she did not wish to write another Holocaust Book, and though always There, the Holocaust is not the focus of the narrative. Segal does not dwell on Hitler's actions, the family menmbers, friends, aquaintances lost, perhaps because the story is told very believably from the point of view of a child, one who seems to have only known thi...more
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Touching and lyrically written fiction-memoir about a Jewish girl sent from her home in Vienna to England on the Kindertransport. Unlike many of the Kindertransport children, who never saw their parents again, Lore's parents make it out of Vienna and join her, but they're stuck doing menial jobs, and her father, already in delicate health, dies at quite a young age. She and her mother end up in the Dominican Republic, where Trujillo is surprisingly welcoming to Jewish refugees ... what a shock,...more
Jeannine
As a young girl, Segal (an Austrian Jew) was sent to live in England as part of the Kinder Transport. As she admits in the introduction, it's hard to tell how much of this is actually fictional as some of it she recounts in the documentary about the Kinder Transport (Into the Arms of Strangers).

What I loved about this book is that the heroine, Lore, is not a sentimental girl. She maybe doesn't even realize she's in the middle of something historical. She has feelings about her parents that any a...more
Meaghan
This book went on far too long; it really should have ended when the war did, or at least when the author left England for the Dominican Republic. Instead it continued for like 125 pages more, with stories of teaching English, conflicts with the author's mother, encounters with other expatriates, etc etc etc. And on top of that, the book ends very abruptly, basically: "So my grandma died and I got married to this one dude I haven't mentioned before now, and we have a couple of kids. The End." Lo...more
Shelley
This book is fascinating, not only because of the interesting subject, but for me, especially for the unusually cold and dispassionate voice in which it is written. It is autobiographical 'fiction' and reads like a truly moving memoir, detailing how her life becomes being 'owned' by family after family like contraband and without explanation how this impacts on her adult life and relationships. Extremely interesting and readable: highly recommended.
Elena Davis
I first learned of Lore Segal when I watched the documentary DVD, "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport". This book expands on her family's flight
from Austria by way of Paris, England, Dominican Republic.
There are many gaps in information and jumps in chronology and then there is her mother's ever present influence.
Linda
Billed as fiction, but is close to the real story of a young Jewish girl sent to Britain to escape pre-war Austria. Her experiences there are interesting, but the story flags as it moves into her post-war adult life.
Allie
While not quite as polished as her more recent short stories, Segal's debut novel is still a fascinating and absorbing read.
Rachel
It was a good book, but a library book that needed to go back and I didn't end up finishing.
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Cynthia Ozick selected this novel for the 2007 Clifton Fadiman Medal.
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Jul 03, 2009 CLM marked it as to-read
Definitely must read! Thanks, Lisa!
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