Other People's Houses

Other People s Houses Originally published in and hailed by critics including Cynthia Ozick and Elie Wiesel Other People s Houses is Lore Segal s internationally acclaimed semi autobiographical first novel Nine month

  • Title: Other People's Houses
  • Author: Lore Segal
  • ISBN: 9781565841437
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in 1964 and hailed by critics including Cynthia Ozick and Elie Wiesel, Other People s Houses is Lore Segal s internationally acclaimed semi autobiographical first novel.Nine months after Hitler takes Austria, a ten year old girl leaves Vienna aboard a children s transport that is to take her and several hundred children to safety in England For the neOriginally published in 1964 and hailed by critics including Cynthia Ozick and Elie Wiesel, Other People s Houses is Lore Segal s internationally acclaimed semi autobiographical first novel.Nine months after Hitler takes Austria, a ten year old girl leaves Vienna aboard a children s transport that is to take her and several hundred children to safety in England For the next seven years she lives in other people s houses, the homes of the wealthy Orthodox Jewish Levines, the working class Hoopers, and two elderly sisters in their formal Victorian household An insightful and witty depiction of the ways of life of those who gave her refuge, Other People s Houses is a wonderfully memorable novel of the immigrant experience.

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    About “Lore Segal”

    1. Lore Segal

      Lore Segal was born in Vienna in 1928 In 1938, she arrived in England as one of the thousands of Jewish children brought out of Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia by the Kindertransport and lived with several foster families in succession She graduated from the University of London and, after a sojourn in Trujillo s Dominican Republic, came to New York City She married the editor David Segal with whom she has two children David Segal died in 1970 She has taught at a number of colleges and universities, currently at the Ninety Second Street Y Her four works of fiction are Other People s Houses 1964 , Lucinella 1976 , Her First American 1985 , and Shakespeare s Kitchen 2007 She has also published translations and numerous books for children She is working on a new book, And If They Have Not Died A finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Segal has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, two PENO O Henry Awards, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Segal has also written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, and Harper s Magazine, among others She lives in New York City.Information sources Bookslut Interview from December 2011 Book Other People s Houses

    429 thoughts on “Other People's Houses”

    1. I really feel humble to write this review for an autobiographical memoir by an award-winning author who was nominated for the Pullitzer Prize in 2008. Then I console myself with the idea that I am an ordinary reader with limited knowledge of literature and creative writing. It is kind of a relief, since it allows me to use a creative freedom in my review for which I do not have to apologize!Other People's Houses deals with a ten-year old Jewish girl's life after Hitler came into power and Jewish [...]

    2. Many of the books that I have read about survivors of the Holocaust are about those who somehow survived the dire, heinous conditions of the camps. This is a different story. This is about a young girl whose fate saved her from the camps but yet, as a ten year old girl, experienced the separation from her family and her home in Austria. And while this fate is obviously so much better than having perished in the camps or having to live through the horrors and survive them, this is a story of bein [...]

    3. What a whine-fest!If I were that hateful, selfish and mean, I certainly wouldn't be writing a book and telling the whole world about it.Her poor, pitiful me attitude got on my last nerve and mostly what I felt while reading this was disgust. She just might be the most ungrateful and disrespectful woman ever born.If I had ever talked to my Parents and Grandparents in the manner that she does well, let's just say that I would have spent my entire childhood bloody and bruised.And, if I had ever ca [...]

    4. This book went on far too long; it really should have ended when the war did, or at least when the author left England for the Dominican Republic. Instead it continued for like 125 pages more, with stories of teaching English, conflicts with the author's mother, encounters with other expatriates, etc etc etc. And on top of that, the book ends very abruptly, basically: "So my grandma died and I got married to this one dude I haven't mentioned before now, and we have a couple of kids. The End." Lo [...]

    5. I probably am in the minority in giving this 3 stars. It is the story of a girl that could have easily ended up in camps but was saved by staying with families in England. It is told in such a matter of fact way that it appears to me almost ungrateful. I did not find this story to be sentimental or powerful. Good story but I thought there were parts that could have been explored more and less of others.

    6. I first learned of Lore Segal when I watched the documentary DVD, "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport". This book expands on her family's flightfrom Austria by way of Paris, England, Dominican Republic.There are many gaps in information and jumps in chronology and then there is her mother's ever present influence.

    7. I had high hopes for this book. I found it quite interesting when the book was describing Lore's early life. However, as she became an adult the story seemed very disjointed. Disappointed.

    8. Segal calls this a novel, based on her experience, but I suspect it is mostly fact. Unsentimental, yet moving; the emotions evoked are real, not contrived.She says she did not wish to write another Holocaust Book, and though always There, the Holocaust is not the focus of the narrative. Segal does not dwell on Hitler's actions, the family menmbers, friends, aquaintances lost, perhaps because the story is told very believably from the point of view of a child, one who seems to have only known thi [...]

    9. I found the beginning of this book extremely interesting. The thought of the children being transported away to England to live in "Other Peoples Houses" is something that held my attention.It was pretty plain that the Austrian Jewish people who fled their homeland did not have any idea what was happening to the Jewish people in their homeland and the other nations that were taken over by Germany during the war. The thing that was not very entertaining was the time that came after the war; the t [...]

    10. This is an absorbing story beautifully written. I am a bit puzzled as to why the author chose to call it a novel when it is clear from her Preface that it is a memoir. A very intelligent little girl from an educated, well-to-do Viennese family celebrates her tenth birthday in March 1938 just before the Anschluss. Shortly thereafter she is one of several hundred Austrian-Jewish children to participate in the Children's Transport to carry them to safety. Lore arrives in Dover, England and is looke [...]

    11. Touching and lyrically written fiction-memoir about a Jewish girl sent from her home in Vienna to England on the Kindertransport. Unlike many of the Kindertransport children, who never saw their parents again, Lore's parents make it out of Vienna and join her, but they're stuck doing menial jobs, and her father, already in delicate health, dies at quite a young age. She and her mother end up in the Dominican Republic, where Trujillo is surprisingly welcoming to Jewish refugees what a shock, aft [...]

    12. As a young girl, Segal (an Austrian Jew) was sent to live in England as part of the Kinder Transport. As she admits in the introduction, it's hard to tell how much of this is actually fictional as some of it she recounts in the documentary about the Kinder Transport (Into the Arms of Strangers).What I loved about this book is that the heroine, Lore, is not a sentimental girl. She maybe doesn't even realize she's in the middle of something historical. She has feelings about her parents that any a [...]

    13. This book is fascinating, not only because of the interesting subject, but for me, especially for the unusually cold and dispassionate voice in which it is written. It is autobiographical 'fiction' and reads like a truly moving memoir, detailing how her life becomes being 'owned' by family after family like contraband and without explanation how this impacts on her adult life and relationships. Extremely interesting and readable: highly recommended.

    14. I cannot praise this book enough. With every page I was pulled deeper and deeper in, I could not put it down. I felt like I was sitting down listening to a friend talk, or a grandparent telling a story. It is easy to read and think everyone should read this book.I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.

    15. I didn't really like this one much. It was very jumbled and jarring, but maybe it was meant to be as the author was moved from house to house quite often. But after she was an adult it just got more vague. I don't recommend this book unless you're interested in the fate of the Jews from Vienna, Austria who got out.

    16. I have read other books re the Kindertransport, from memoirs to novels, and Other People's Houses did not measure up, in my opinion. The first 100 or so pages were fine, after that, I lost interest. Those pages would have made a good novella, in my opinion. I did finish the book.

    17. Billed as fiction, but is close to the real story of a young Jewish girl sent to Britain to escape pre-war Austria. Her experiences there are interesting, but the story flags as it moves into her post-war adult life.

    18. Choppy and erraticThe first half was interesting, but then it jumped to America and it seemed the author was writing under water or in a dream. Nothing was connected and she WAS MORE AND MORE UNLIKEABLE. Sorry for the caps.

    19. While not quite as polished as her more recent short stories, Segal's debut novel is still a fascinating and absorbing read.

    20. Other People's HousesThis was entertaining. It gave me an insight into the lives of the Jewish children who were sent out of their countries to be safe during the war.

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