21st Century,  General Fiction

Mr. Rosenblum’s List by Natasha Solomons

Due to my studies, I couldn’t help to feel interested on Mr. Rosenblum’s List : the story of a German Jew who escapes to the UK before WWII and gets obsessed with becoming the best Englishman ever.


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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