Mr Rosenblum's list, or, Friendly guidance for the aspiring Englishman : a novel / Natasha Solomons.
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2010.
ISBN: 9780340995662 (pbk.) : 0340995661 (pbk.) :
Through study and application Jack Rosenblum intends to become a very English gentleman. He is compiling a list, a comprehensive guide to the manners, customs and habits of this country. In a final attempt to finish his list he moves, with his reluctant wife, to the English countryside where they embark on an impossible task.
323 p. ; 20 cm.
This is my own review of the book - the book group as a whole were pretty evenly split between those who were positive and those who did not enjoy it at all. I was a bit puzzled to start with, wondering how Jack had been able to start up his business so quickly, so looked up the Holocaust Encyclopaedia. This explained how it was that unlike later refugees, emigrating German Jews were able to bring possessions and some money with them, albeit not a vast amount. “Until October 1941, German policy officially encouraged Jewish emigration. Gradually, however, the Nazis sought to deprive Jews fleeing Germany of their property by levying an increasingly heavy emigration tax and by restricting the amount of money that could be transferred abroad from German banks.” I found Natasha Solomons quickly built up a sympathetic picture of the little family and I could easily relate to them. The book seems to me to be a subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britai
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