Thoughts on: No one is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

January 29, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel on Blogcritics.

About:
No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel is a fictional book taking place during World War II. The book follows a small group of Jewish villagers who lives in a town on a river bank.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one advanced readers copy (ARC) of this book— enter at the end of the post.

  • 336 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
  • ISBN: 1594487944

Thoughts on: No one is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

My rating for No one is Here Except All of Us – 4

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Thoughts:
No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel (website) is a very lyrical and poetic book. The story flows, is unique and fascinating. Most of the time I read the book I felt as if I, or the protagonist, were dreaming, however, upon reading the author’s note it turned out that many of the events are based on what Ms.Ausubel’s great grandmother experienced during World War II.

The premise of the book is interesting, something I haven’t read yet. At first it was hard for me to process the story, I’m just too logical, but the more I read, the easier it go and I started to let go and enjoy the story more and more.

Ms. Ausubel managed to create a world within a world through her characters which sucked me into as well. I would almost be tempted to categorize this book under “magic”, but I wouldn’t go as far and neither does the book itself.

Without giving anything away, I was surprised by the ending, which is not sappy or the mandatory feel-good type we come to expect. Even if you wouldn’t like the story, you’d love the prose.

Books in similar vein:
Adam & Eve by Sena Jeter Naslund
The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
The Polski Affair by Leon H. Gildin
Purge by Sofi Oksanen

So tell me, do you like reading books without the obligatory happy endings?

Synopsis:
In a remote Jewish village, located on a river bank, the war is closing in on them. After thousands of years of moving, escaping and being expelled suddenly, in 1939, it seems that there is nowhere to go.

The answer to the village’s dilemma comes from an eleven year old girl and a mysterious stranger – they will reinvent the world.

 

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Give­away

  • Give­away ends: February 05, 2012

  • US/Canada Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

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16 Comments

  • Petra January 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

    This sounds like a great book, too bad it’s only US/Canada.

    • Zohar - Man of la Book January 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Petra, the publisher is giving away the book and that is the only rule they specified as it is part of the promotion for the release in this part of the world.

      • Petra January 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        I know 🙂

  • Marjorie January 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Lisa January 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hurray – so happy to hear that this one does not disappoint. It’s one of the books I’m looking forward to reading this year.

  • Carol Wong January 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I have signed up for this book through Amazon Vine. Thank you for the review. I read in another view that the people had decided that storytelling was their own way to survive.

    Does that fit?

    Carol

  • Sheila K. January 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Great giveaway—thanks for the opportunity to win this book! I follow you on Google+ as Sheila Korman.

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  • teressa oliver January 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    A non sappy ending with great characters is a rare find. This book sounds like a good and intelligent read. Thanks for the giveaway and review

  • rhonda lomazow January 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    another great giveaway Thanks!!

  • Liz January 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Unsure what to think about this one. Thanks for chance to read.

  • C.E. Hart January 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I like well written books–period! Whether they have happy endings or not. 😉

    This sounds like a fabulous read.

    Thank you for the review and giveaway.

  • C.E. Hart January 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Oops – forgot to leave the giveaway info…

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  • Margaret January 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Thank for the giveaway! Been hoping to read this one!

  • Laura January 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This book sounds like an amazing read. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Aliya D. February 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

    The book sounds like a great read. Personally, I like books that have strange, unusual, unhappy or inconclusive endings; those are the books that seem to always leave a lasting impression.

  • ikkinlala February 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    This looks interesting – thanks for the opportunity!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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