Mr. Rosenblum's List: Or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman (Paperback)
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DescriptionList item 2: Never speak German on the upper decks of London buses. Jack Rosenblum is five foot three and a half inches of sheer tenacity. He's writing a list so he can become a Very English Gentleman. List item 41: An Englishman buys his marmalade from Fortnum and Mason. It's 1952, and despite his best efforts, his bid to blend in is fraught with unexpected hurdles - including his wife. Sadie doesn't want to forget where they came from or the family they've lost. And she shows no interest in getting a purple rinse. List item 112: An Englishman keeps his head in a crisis, even when he's risking everything. Jack leads a reluctant Sadie deep into the English countryside in pursuit of a dream. Here, in a land of woolly pigs, bluebells and jitterbug cider, they embark on an impossible task...
- Published: 08 July 2010
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780340995662 ISBN 10: 0340995661
- Sales rank: 7,852
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Reviews for Mr. Rosenblum's List
Enjoyable and touching
I greatly enjoyed this novel and found it an interesting insight into a situation I'd never given any thought to. It began in a believable way with a slightly eccentric Mr Rosenblum endeavouring to meld into English society. Despite his best efforts he is largely unsuccessful. When he embarks on a hare brained scheme to build a golf course, it seemed almost slapstick (which I don't enjoy).
However, the second half of the book actually developed the characters into very likable people and as they grew to love the English countryside and make friends with the down to earth locals it became very easy to forgive the small leaps and inconsistencies of the plot.
Read and enjoy. by Rebecca Johnson
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A good beginning with a boring plot
At first sight, Mr. Rosenblum's List seems a great book dealing with an unknown side of WWII for most of us. Once in England, Jack Rosenblum has to fight not only cultural barriers but also the hate towards both Germans and Jews. Meanwhile, he tries to be the best Englishman ever, following his "Must to be" List, and decides to creat a business to help his wife Sadie and their baby daughter Elizabeth to improve their situation. But even a German Jew with money has problems to feel integrated in the English society and, many years after their arrival the Rosenblums still have to deal with segregation, to the point of being rejected by all the golf clubs in England. So, Jack decides to create his own golf club in the most English place ever: the countryside.
Although the book does seem interesting, it becomes boring very soon. Jack makes the reader hate and pity him, Sadie seems to need some kind of psiquiatric help and the typically countryside Englishmen are plain stereotypes. Jack's desire to build a golf club is very irrational and, since the plot revolves around such desire, the book becomes more and more irrational and tiring. In my opinion, this is a shame because the Rosenblums' situation could have made a great plot. So, in conclusion, I actually do not recommend this book although there is a slight posibility of being likeable for someone.
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