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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons
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Oct 14, 11

really liked it

This delightful, charming and tender story takes readers back to time in Britain when ‘Englishness’ still reigned supreme. When Jack and Sadie Rosenblum arrive on the shores of England to escape the Nazis, they are given a pamphlet by the immigration office detailing how to become English: Never Speak German on the upper decks of London busses. An Englishman always buys marmalade from Fortnum and Mason...Jack takes each item to heart and when he is unable to gain membership in countless golf clubs, his takes matters into his own hands, moves to Dorsetshire and decides to create his own course. With opening ceremonies scheduled or Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Day, he sets about his task with single-minded vigor. Here in the land of woolly pigs, bluebells and jitterbug cider magic ensues as the reader is treated to details of Jewish cooking, Dorset folklore and even the recipe for Coronation Chicken. Sadie provides a touching counterpoint to the comedy as she slowly faces the loss of the family she left behind in Germany. With the perfect blend of comedy and sympathy, Mr. Rosenblum teaches us all the true meaning of ‘home’.

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