- Palace of Strangers, A
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- David Rose is now an ex-officer and a successful business man - but in the aftermath of an earlier war he had been David Rosenbaum, son of a German Jew and a Liverpool Irish girl, living in a terrace house in the grimy back-streets of Liverpool. And yet it was there, as a child, he had known happiness, crouched near the glowing fire in the little parlour, listening to the warm and throbbing voice of Singing Jinny O'Neill. Then Uncle Isaak came from Germany, and won Jinny, and took her back with hi to Berlin. When David met her again, after Hitler had come, she was a different person.
Still, there was her children, especially Hilda, and with Hilda, he thought, he might find the happiness lost so long ago. But life is not so easily brought to terms; after all, there was the problem of himself - what was he? Gentile or Jew?
There is a sadness here, the sadness of people seeking the unattainable and being deeply wounded by their failures, Yet there is warmth also in the sympathetic account of two families whose paths cross and re-cross, in happiness and sorrow. There have been many novels of Jewish life in England, but few by gentile writers. Samuel Youd brings to his subject deep feeling without partisanship, compassion without sentimentality.