Their Promised Land

Their Promised Land

My Grandparents in Love and War

Book - 2016
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"A family history of surpassing beauty and power: Ian Buruma's account of his grandparents' enduring love through the terror and separation of two world wars. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781594204388
1594204381
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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ChristchurchLib Jan 17, 2017

In this moving family history, acclaimed historian Ian Buruma relates the lives of his maternal grandparents: Jews whose parents had immigrated to London from Germany in the 19th century. Winifred ("Win") and Bernard ("Bun") Schlesinger and their family were thoroughly assimilated into British culture, yet anti-Semitism remained a significant factor in their lives. Letters between Win and Bun, dating from World War I through the 1950s, provided Buruma with the details he needed to craft this gripping and insightful dual portrait, which combines a true love story with biography and social history in the context of two World Wars.

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ownedbydoxies
Jul 26, 2016

A nice story regarding the author's grandparents' life-long love for each other, but a touch dry. It wasn't easy to stay involved or to care as much as I'd like to have, because of the author's professorial style of writing.

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