Their Promised Land

Their Promised Land

My Grandparents in Love and War

Large Print - 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. Woven from their correspondence, this labor of love brings to life not just a remarkable marriage, but a class, and an age.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, [2016]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410488602
1410488608
Branch Call Number: 305.8924 BUR
Characteristics: 391 pages (large print) :,illustrations ;,23 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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