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The Resource Their promised land : my grandparents in love and war, Ian Buruma

Their promised land : my grandparents in love and war, Ian Buruma

Label
Their promised land : my grandparents in love and war
Title
Their promised land
Title remainder
my grandparents in love and war
Statement of responsibility
Ian Buruma
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
During the almost six years England was at war with Nazi Germany, Winifred and Bernard Schlesinger, Ian Buruma's grandparents, and the film director John Schlesinger's parents, were, like so many others, thoroughly sundered from each other. Their only recourse was to write letters back and forth. And write they did, often every day. Now, in a labor of love that is also a powerful act of artistic creation, their grandson has woven his own voice in with theirs to bring to life not just a remarkable marriage but a class and an age. Winifred and Bernard inherited the high European cultural ideals and attitudes that came of being born into prosperous German-Jewish émigré families. To young Ian, who would visit from Holland every Christmas, they seemed the very essence of English life at its most pleasant and refined. It wasn't until years later that he discovered how much more there was to the story. At its heart, this is the story of cultural assimilation. The Schlesingers were very British in the way their relatives in Germany were very German, until Hitler destroyed that option. The problems of being Jewish and facing anti-Semitism even in the country they loved were met with a kind of stoic discretion. But they showed solidarity when it mattered most. Many are the books that do bad marriages justice; precious few books take readers inside a good marriage. Here, Buruma has done just that, introducing us to a couple whose love was sustaining through the darkest hours of the century.--Adapted from book jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Buruma, Ian
Dewey number
  • 305.892/404210922
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS135.E6
LC item number
A1176 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schlesinger, Bernard
  • Schlesinger, Winifred
  • Buruma, Ian
  • Jews
  • Jews, German
  • Jews, German
  • Spouses
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Love-letters
  • HISTORY / Jewish
  • HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Target audience
adult
Label
Their promised land : my grandparents in love and war, Ian Buruma
Link
9781594204388.jpg
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Don't like the name -- First love -- Going to war -- The long wait -- Safe haven -- The beginning -- The end of the beginning -- Empire -- The beginning of the end -- The end -- Epitaph
Control code
ocn908176080
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
305 pages
Isbn
9781594204388
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015043408
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)908176080
Label
Their promised land : my grandparents in love and war, Ian Buruma
Link
9781594204388.jpg
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Don't like the name -- First love -- Going to war -- The long wait -- Safe haven -- The beginning -- The end of the beginning -- Empire -- The beginning of the end -- The end -- Epitaph
Control code
ocn908176080
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
305 pages
Isbn
9781594204388
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015043408
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)908176080

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