אהבתה של גברת רוטשילד
In this award-winning historical saga, passionate young lovers in a Jewish ghetto rise to become the foremost financial dynasty in the world.It is the turn of the eighteenth century in Frankfurt, Germany, and young Gutle and Meir Amschel Rothschild struggle to establish themselves in the cramped and restricted Judengasse. But when Meir’s talents as a novice banker catch the attention of a German prince, Meir is suddenly afforded entrée into the European world of finance and nobility, and the Rothschilds’ lives are changed forever. As proud as Gutle is of her husband’s success, she is also cautious - very much aware of the fact that her husband’s rise is tied to his patrons’ willingness to “see past” his Jewishness. As their family grows, and a dream of fortune comes true, so does their belief that money will ultimately bring the power needed to establish Jewish civil rights.Told through Gutle’s intimate journals, revealed across decades - from the French Revolution through personal tragedies and triumphs - The First Mrs. Rothschild paints a rich and intimate tapestry of family drama, world-changing history, and one woman’s steadfast strength.

אהבתה של גברת רוטשילד Details

Titleאהבתה של גברת רוטשילד
Author
LanguageHebrew
ReleaseNov 1st, 2015
Publisher ידיעות ספרים
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Germany

אהבתה של גברת רוטשילד Review

  • Kylie D
    January 1, 1970
    First I want to say that it took an age for me to read this book. It wasn't because it's a bad book, it certainly isn't, but it's solid and it seemed a lot longer than what the page count tells us. It's the type of book you can sit and read for hours, then find you've barely made any headway in it. The novel does span 80 years though, so we will forgive it.It follows the narrative journals of Gutle Rothschild, who married fellow Frankfurt ghetto resident Meir Amschel Rothschild when she was just First I want to say that it took an age for me to read this book. It wasn't because it's a bad book, it certainly isn't, but it's solid and it seemed a lot longer than what the page count tells us. It's the type of book you can sit and read for hours, then find you've barely made any headway in it. The novel does span 80 years though, so we will forgive it.It follows the narrative journals of Gutle Rothschild, who married fellow Frankfurt ghetto resident Meir Amschel Rothschild when she was just a teenager. Her journals tell the tale of the family, through the triumphs and tragedies, loves and losses. As the tale unfolds of the rising financial dynasty that is created, we wonder at the strength of the woman, as the family rises out of the ghetto and takes control of the finances of Europe.I found The First Mrs Rothschild to be a wonderful story, beautifully researched. It gives us an insight to the talent and fortitude of this amazing family of bankers, a unity that still lasts today, centuries later. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction, especially European history, where the novel is very much based on fact. Well done Sara Aharoni.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. A historical fiction spanning the 18th and 19th century and written in diary format by matriarch, Gutle Rothschild. The First Mrs Rothschild details the courtship of Gulte and Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the rise of her husband and children's banking dynasty, and the world events that are happening as she raises her family. Translated from the original Hebrew text, Sara Aharoni's characterization of Gutle, 3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. A historical fiction spanning the 18th and 19th century and written in diary format by matriarch, Gutle Rothschild. The First Mrs Rothschild details the courtship of Gulte and Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the rise of her husband and children's banking dynasty, and the world events that are happening as she raises her family. Translated from the original Hebrew text, Sara Aharoni's characterization of Gutle, showcases a devoted wife and mother that stood by her husband, listened to her children and was fiercely loyal to the city of Frankfurt. As a historical fiction fan, I do love when authors centre on the woman behind the man. Mayer Amschel Rothschild jas oftentimes been recognized as introducing the prototype of modern capitalism and in 2009 was listed in Forbes magazine as one of the most influential businessmen of all time. So it's interesting to focus on Gulte who actually did outlive her husband and watched her sons and grandsons as they expanded their banking system throughout Europe. When Gulte is 17 years old, she is captivated by Mayer who seems worldly and dreams of something that will take his family name past the Frankfurt Judengasse. ( Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt). Although her father and mother have their hesitations about Mayer, it is soon evident that Gulte will have no other man but Mayer. In the years that follow Gulte's three notebooks will chronicle the triumphs and tribulations of the Rothschild family. Honestly, I find myself at a 3.5 because I did read this book in one sitting, but I did feel that Gulte was written a bit with kidgloves. No doubt through her research, Aharoni came to admire her protagonist very much and while there are moments where Gulte is very human in her interactions with different family members, she's also painted a bit like a perfect model of what a wife and mother is envisioned. But as I always do after reading a book, I research online. It would seem that while I am a cynic, Gulte really is depicted in history as being this way and that is because letters that she wrote to her sons have survived. Whatever the case, the first Mrs Rothschild is the perfect summer read for the historical fiction fan. Goodreads review 15/06/19Publication Date. 09/07/19
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...I have mixed feelings about Sara Aharonis The First Mrs. Rothschild. The novel has a lot going for it, but certain aspects of the telling made it difficult for me to get lost in. The story centers on the fictional journals of Gutle, wife of Meir Amschel Rothschild and matriarch of the Rothschild banking dynasty. Portrayed as an intensely introspective woman, Gutle dedicatedly records the details of the life she shares with Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...I have mixed feelings about Sara Aharoni’s The First Mrs. Rothschild. The novel has a lot going for it, but certain aspects of the telling made it difficult for me to get lost in. The story centers on the fictional journals of Gutle, wife of Meir Amschel Rothschild and matriarch of the Rothschild banking dynasty. Portrayed as an intensely introspective woman, Gutle dedicatedly records the details of the life she shares with her husband and the exploits of the children she bore him. Gutle is an astute people watcher and I admired her unwavering commitment to her home and family. I was also captivated by her faith and the novel’s description of Jewish history and culture. Many stories incorporate this material, but few of my experience chronicle this particular time period or boast the same natural cadence as Aharoni’s.Having said that, The First Mrs. Rothschild is an exceedingly long and drawn-out narrative. Gutle bears witness to the family’s rise of fortune, but she is a largely passive presence, relaying the movements and achievements of those around her more consistently than her own. I respect what Aharoni was trying to achieve with this approach, but I felt it severely hindered the pacing of the story and ultimately severed my connection to the heroine of the novel.
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  • ~bookworm~
    January 1, 1970
    Most people who have an interest in business/finance, philanthropy, history or European history have heard of the Rothschild family, and the Rothschild name has become synonymous with money and power. The founder of the family was Mayer Amschel Rothschild & this book is written from his wife Guttle's perspective. It reads like a series of diaries & I was initially unsure if this was an actual translation of real diaries (like Anne Frank's book) or a novel. It is a novel, but it reads Most people who have an interest in business/finance, philanthropy, history or European history have heard of the Rothschild family, and the Rothschild name has become synonymous with money and power. The founder of the family was Mayer Amschel Rothschild & this book is written from his wife Guttle's perspective. It reads like a series of diaries & I was initially unsure if this was an actual translation of real diaries (like Anne Frank's book) or a novel. It is a novel, but it reads like an autobiography & is very cleverly done. In places there are gaps, huge jumps & some slightly confusing references to people or events which again gave it the authenticity of diaries rather than a novel. We follow the story of Guttle from a teenager who falls in love with the dashing Meir Rothschild who she spies from her window, through to the end of her life aged 90+. We see how her husband moves from humble beginnings to greatness and how he ensures that his wealth is "kept in the family" through the partnership & bequests to his five sons, We also see a loving father who doesn't neglect his daughters, but recognises that the custom at the time means they are not part of the Rothschild family after marriage & to ensure loyalties are never divided, he gives them handsome marriage allowances instead of legacies on his death. The five sons ultimately established themselves in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Naples where they changed the way business was done across Europe. However rich they got, members of the family never forgot their humble origins & philanthropy has always been one of the key traits of the family.Overall, a very enjoyable read.
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  • Cheryl Sokoloff
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tome of a novel, The First Mrs Rothschild, about Gutaleh Rothschild. I am a buff for historical fiction and to the best of my knowledge not much has been written about the life of Mrs. Rothschild. She is a character with so much class and grace. As a child, she respected the decision of her parents, when they at first refused to allow her to marry who she considered, her bashert, or her chosen one. Eventually, her patience paid off, and her father came around, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tome of a novel, The First Mrs Rothschild, about Gutaleh Rothschild. I am a buff for historical fiction and to the best of my knowledge not much has been written about the life of Mrs. Rothschild. She is a character with so much class and grace. As a child, she respected the decision of her parents, when they at first refused to allow her to marry who she considered, her bashert, or her chosen one. Eventually, her patience paid off, and her father “came around”, and granted the couple permission to wed. She had so much love for her husband, Meir Amschelm Rothschild, and for the family of 10 children that they had. The heartbreak that she expressed when there were disappointments in their life was truly palpable through the pages into my subconscious. She had immense strength to mix out of all the family's business interactions, even when she had strong opinions that she would have liked to share. The politics of the times she lived through were tumultuous, especially for Jews, who were not considered to have any rights. Even with Napoleon, Jews in Frankfurt were denied equal rights for a long time. When this finally happened, thanks for the most part to her husband, Meir Amschelm Rothschild, Gutaleh Rothschild did not lose one minute, and took her mother to stroll The Gardens of Frankfurt, something, they always could only dream of doing!. I loved everything about this book and was only sad when Gutaleh Rothschild's life finally came to an end. Thanks so much #netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this e-Arc #thefrirstmrsrothschild. 5 stars!
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  • Mirta Ines Trupp
    January 1, 1970
    What a treasure. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Enlightening. Dignity is a powerful thing. We shall use it to break through the walls of the ghetto and set ourselves free.I am fascinated with this time period: The Rothschilds, the Montefiores...what these family were able to accomplish under that level of persecution and oppression is mind boggling! Sara Aharoni has done a remarkable job bringing this family to life for me. Kol hakavod. What a treasure. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Enlightening. “Dignity is a powerful thing. We shall use it to break through the walls of the ghetto and set ourselves free.”I am fascinated with this time period: The Rothschilds, the Montefiores...what these family were able to accomplish under that level of persecution and oppression is mind boggling! Sara Aharoni has done a remarkable job bringing this family to life for me. Kol hakavod.
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  • Gbergen
    January 1, 1970
    I rated this book 3 stars, but in my opinion it was somewhere in between "it was ok" an "I really liked it". I liked the the historical fiction aspects - learning about the Judengasse, the treatment of Jews in the 1700 and 1800's and how that might have felt to Jews, the Rothschild's start of their financial empire and the political events of the time.I also enjoyed learning about the thinking of this strong lady who was 100% committed to supporting her husband and her Jewish culture. I often I rated this book 3 stars, but in my opinion it was somewhere in between "it was ok" an "I really liked it". I liked the the historical fiction aspects - learning about the Judengasse, the treatment of Jews in the 1700 and 1800's and how that might have felt to Jews, the Rothschild's start of their financial empire and the political events of the time.I also enjoyed learning about the thinking of this strong lady who was 100% committed to supporting her husband and her Jewish culture. I often found the book to be tedious. The format of the book was as journals written by a naive young lady and spanning several decades. Particularly at the beginning of the book I wanted to tell Getel (Mrs. R) to just stop it already. I was laid up and a captive audience when I read this, if I had not been I think I would have had a hard time getting through it quickly.So, even though it was at times tedious, I liked learning about the Rothschild lives and the political and cultural climate they lived in.
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  • Ann Marie Augustus
    January 1, 1970
    This book is an example for excellent family values, so admirable the couple's devotion to each other, truly a best read. This family was not perfect but they remained grounded in their faith which helped them to achieve their goalsThe name Rothchild peaked my interestThe book displays sound family valuesWould recommend to anyone who take pride in family life, because unity in a family and the strong faith in God is essential to achieve one's goals
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  • Marjorie
    January 1, 1970
    One book you should readThis book will grab you as soon as you begin reading it . A family that builds a huge company around the world with very little to start . This is an excellent book . I highly recommend it to all .
  • Teresa A. Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent Historic FictionI enjoyed reading about Mrs. Rothchild. From a highly intelligent young lady to a reverent and respected matriarch of her tribe. All of it told within the four walls of her home with her husband. A great story.
  • Linda Lamb Temples
    January 1, 1970
    Strength, faith, love all shine forth.A strong dynasty like the famous and influential Rothschilds is the result of strong founders. This story of that family is strong as faith, dear as love and steeped in family. An excellent read.
  • Donna J
    January 1, 1970
    I want to say this before I review. I finished this book about a month ago, but I was so worried about writing a review, I wanted it to mean something from the emotions I went through. Also, its a very slow beginning, dont give up. I promise you will understand why I dont want you giving up. The First Mrs. Rothschild: A Novel is about a couple named Gutle & Meir Amschel Rothschild, but theres so much to them than just their name. Gutle is a very young 16 yr old Jewish girl who lives in the I want to say this before I review. I finished this book about a month ago, but I was so worried about writing a review, I wanted it to mean something from the emotions I went through. Also, it’s a very slow beginning, don’t give up. I promise you will understand why I don’t want you giving up. ‘The First Mrs. Rothschild: A Novel’ is about a couple named Gutle & Meir Amschel Rothschild, but there’s so much to them than just their name. Gutle is a very young 16 yr old Jewish girl who lives in the ‘Ghetto’ in Venice, Italy..which may have been Germany, because there’s nothing different about the smells, the overcrowding & the way they were locked in. Her family has basically one window and daily she looks out that window, if you can call it that. She sees Meir Amschel Rothschild who is not just handsome but she is besotted by him immediately. She watches him daily, and without her knowing, he sees her watching him also, yet she doesn’t know he too has asked the residents of the ‘Ghetto’ who she is. She takes her sister outside one day and finds out to introduces himself to her and she’s so surprised, she barely speaks. As days & weeks go by they fall in love..but it’s not just “marry me”..Dad has a lot to say, mostly “he won’t become anything”. Meir never gives up, but before that Gutle finds a diary & her father allows her to keep it..that is how Gutle describes daily, weekly her love, her life, and many many things. Before Meir marries Gutle he says, “I want 10 children...” and that was it, 10..period! In the turn of the 18th Century families lived with the mother & father, so in the Ghetto not only was it cramped, among other things, they had to make rooms in rooms, curtains between rooms, with other families as well. It was at this point where my admiration and love for this couple never wavered. I didn’t want to write spoilers nor did I want to write what the book was about since it’s in the summary, so the rest was my impression from my heart. This family had its love & it’s beautiful Jewish religion to lean on daily, but they also had their tragedies, many times of heartaches, and happiness that prevailed throughout their years too. I not only looked at a successful family in that century, but my thoughts continually brought me to these past 2 centuries. What happens if the love is there but the tragedy, heartbreak, disappointments happen? Do families always stay together? Still have many children and still stay in one of the worst areas, in the most cramped living quarters and survive? Not usually..so many things that should keep all of us together fade-away. Yes the 18th-19th Century is nothing like the 20th-21st Century. Our principles of “forever” should never be given up on because we want to move on to something or someone else.This Novel wasn’t a happy, no problems, it was you get up and face another day, even when everything looked like there were things that looked unimaginable! This was a story of FOREVER. An empire that lasted through hard work, yet even was questionable. Mrs. Rothschild lived by God, love, family and a stubborn will to make sure her children’s children also did!I leave you this completely true quote, which did and unfortunately does today.From Gutle to her children:“And one more thing: be wary of complacence. Just when you think the troubles of the Jews are over, new calamities surprise us. It matters not how we live—impoverished on Judengasse or rich in castles—someone will always criticize and harass us. Heinrich Heine warned against what book burners might do: Where they burn books, they will also burn people, he said. Who knows, perhaps in fifty or a hundred years a new madman will rise to announce a new kind of pogrom, something we haven’t yet heard of. If he chooses to return us to the ghetto, well then I will already be here, buried in its dirt. No madman will be exhuming my bones.”Thank you to the authors, translator & thank you Gutle ❤️
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  • Linda Edmonds cerullo
    January 1, 1970
    A very moving and poignant account of the life of Mrs. Rothschild, wife of the founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty. At first, I viewed this book as a sort "woman behind the man" story. As I read further though I came to realize it was more of a couple working together toward three goals: (1) to become a force in the banking industry and change commerce as we know it; (2) to raise a family devoted to the same cause; (3) to gain acceptance not only for their family, but for all of the Jewish A very moving and poignant account of the life of Mrs. Rothschild, wife of the founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty. At first, I viewed this book as a sort "woman behind the man" story. As I read further though I came to realize it was more of a couple working together toward three goals: (1) to become a force in the banking industry and change commerce as we know it; (2) to raise a family devoted to the same cause; (3) to gain acceptance not only for their family, but for all of the Jewish communities throughout Europe at that time. Living in Frankfurt, Germany at a time when Jews were forced to live in ghettos under deplorable circumstances, Mayer Rothschild wanted something more for his family. Marrying his wife, Guttle, he plans on having 10 children (he does -- 5 boys and 5 girls -- although not without some grief due to some stillborn births in between). The way this family raised their children in a time when Jewish people were treated with outright contempt was commendable. Their children would grow to become strong, well-rounded individuals, not necessarily carbon copies of their parents, but living the moral life instilled within them. I must admit that because I am not very well-versed in finance, some of the banking matters were at times a bit confusing, but in the long run this book is very well written and a wonderful read. It's a reminder that people can be resilient, rise above their conditions and leave a mark on the world. It's also a frightening warning that the hatred of the Jewish people has had a long history and any signs of a repeat of that history should be dealt with immediately. Mayer and Guttle together built this dynasty. There was no woman behind the man. Neither could have done alone what they both were able to achieve together. May their memory always be a blessing.
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  • J. Noalani
    January 1, 1970
    As told through the diaries of Gutle Rothschild, The First Mrs. Rothschild: A Novelpresents a domestic, familial perspective on the Rothschild family during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although I was aware of the Rothschild name, I had never considered how the foundations of the Rothschild Family Dynasty began, and this novel broadened my perspective of the Jewish experience. Despite the outrages and degradations of being forced to live in the cramped, overcrowded Jewish ghetto of As told through the diaries of Gutle Rothschild, “The First Mrs. Rothschild: A Novel”presents a domestic, familial perspective on the Rothschild family during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although I was aware of the Rothschild name, I had never considered how the foundations of the Rothschild Family Dynasty began, and this novel broadened my perspective of the Jewish experience. Despite the outrages and degradations of being forced to live in the cramped, overcrowded Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt, the Rothschild family, headed by Meir Amschel Rothschild, had the patience and determination to work ceaselessly, persevere, and thrive. Through clever maneuvers and manipulations, the family conquered seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and at the same time, they remained unwavering and steadfast in their religious beliefs. Epic and inspiring, this glorious tale reminds us of how the strength of family bonds and human ingenuity can firmly establish the roots of success for the generations to come.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book about the first Mrs. Rothschild. It is written in diary format and feels very natural. You are hearing the story from her perspective. I found it interesting to see how Jewish people were treated in that time. The one contention I did have was that the translator used the term holy bible when referring to sacred Jewish texts rather than the correct term, Torah. I didn't like it, as holy bible is a christian term, not a Jewish one, and the narrator was Jewish and I really enjoyed this book about the first Mrs. Rothschild. It is written in diary format and feels very natural. You are hearing the story from her perspective. I found it interesting to see how Jewish people were treated in that time. The one contention I did have was that the translator used the term holy bible when referring to sacred Jewish texts rather than the correct term, Torah. I didn't like it, as holy bible is a christian term, not a Jewish one, and the narrator was Jewish and obviously not referring to Christian scripture. Overall, I enjoyed this book, I just think the wording could use a little correction in the translation. I would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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  • Joyceanne
    January 1, 1970
    It was a very interesting story. I loved it up until the final few chapters. These chapters opened a very new wound, I understood Mrs. Rothschild plight, having had a mother who lived for ninety- six years. Life is too changed! Your body hurts and lacks the ability to give you simple pleasures. Your greatest joys are your grandchildren and great grandchildren in small doses. Mrs. Rothschild lived a remarkable life, most of it under harsh conditions, she triumph because she held on to the simple It was a very interesting story. I loved it up until the final few chapters. These chapters opened a very new wound, I understood Mrs. Rothschild plight, having had a mother who lived for ninety- six years. Life is too changed! Your body hurts and lacks the ability to give you simple pleasures. Your greatest joys are your grandchildren and great grandchildren in small doses. Mrs. Rothschild lived a remarkable life, most of it under harsh conditions, she triumph because she held on to the simple joys of life. I am glad I read this historical novel.
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  • Mrs. A.A. Williams
    January 1, 1970
    A Rothschild SagaThis is a novel of the history of the early Rothschilds in Germany. It is written in the style of a Journal and moves from the first romance to their last moments. It describes interestingly the struggle of Meir Rothchild to build up his business and the life of the Jews in the ghetto. A very worthwhile read. Sara Aharoni has a detailed and sympathetic understanding of the difficult position of Jewish people mirrored even in life today.
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  • Kerrie Rees
    January 1, 1970
    A must readThis is a subject I had very little knowledge of - the Jewish faith or The Rothchild Dynasty. Although a work of fiction there is a lot of factual history - the Jewish ghettos of Frankfurt. It is not a gripping read but definitely a book you don't want to put down as you want to know how the family evolves. I would love to know how much of the family details are true and how much is fictional.
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  • Laura Rookyard
    January 1, 1970
    The most moving inspirational book i have ever read 10 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Wow, the interpretation and story of the first Mrs Rothschild has left and opened a place in my heart and mind. This inspiring and detailed account of the rise of the Rothschild family has opened my eyes to what seems on the outside that luck was what brought them to fame but it's so much more than that. A must read for all
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  • Beth Parker
    January 1, 1970
    Thought provoking!This book opened up new perspectives to me. I was familiar somewhat with the Rothschild name , this book gave a understanding of the intertwined individual members. I found some of the financial intrigues both baffling and awesome.The characters are drawn with careful attention and shed light on amazing family.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Historical fiction, Jewish culture, ghetto life in 1700s Frankfurt. Interesting, detailed, but it held my interest with effort, through the first half. It is a great read for people as an intro to historical fiction, Jewish culture and ghetto life in 1700s Frankfurt.
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  • Louise Larson
    January 1, 1970
    Magnificent!Thoroughly enjoyed reading this portrayal of Jewish family life. The word pictures are superb. A great summer read. Enjoy the adventure.
  • Claire Griffin
    January 1, 1970
    I do not understand how this book could possibly have won any awards. The story is a good one but it is so overwritten. Almost every sentence is overloaded with unnecessary adverbs and adjectives. And many sentences could have been eliminated completely. The resulting story is creaky and slow. I honestly didnt think anybody was still producing prose like this any more. If this was an attempt to give the character a distinctive voice, it failed totally, at least for this reader. Why didnt someone I do not understand how this book could possibly have won any awards. The story is a good one but it is so overwritten. Almost every sentence is overloaded with unnecessary adverbs and adjectives. And many sentences could have been eliminated completely. The resulting story is creaky and slow. I honestly didn’t think anybody was still producing prose like this any more. If this was an attempt to give the character a distinctive voice, it failed totally, at least for this reader. Why didn’t someone edit this book? I read about 60 books a year. I never don’t finish a book, but I quit on this one about 10% through. There is so much good historical fiction out there, but this is definitely not one of them. Too bad because it was such a promising topic and interesting time period. Irritating!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Enlightening and enrichingThis is excellent historical fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed The First Mrs. Rothschild, despite my opinion that the beginning was a bit slow. Having toured the Jewish ghetto in Venice, Italy last month, I found many parallels in descriptions of the Frankfurt ghetto. As an American Protestant Christian, I gleaned a great deal of information on, and respect for the Jewish faith and people. I intend to do more reading about the Rothschild family. Enlightening and enrichingThis is excellent historical fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed “The First Mrs. Rothschild”, despite my opinion that the beginning was a bit slow. Having toured the Jewish ghetto in Venice, Italy last month, I found many parallels in descriptions of the Frankfurt ghetto. As an American Protestant Christian, I gleaned a great deal of information on, and respect for the Jewish faith and people. I intend to do more reading about the Rothschild family.
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  • Keren Krinick
    January 1, 1970
    The First Mrs. Rothschild is an excellent family saga/historical fiction, about the rise to wealth, and lives of the Rothschild family. Written in diary format, this story unfolds in a beautiful way. Well written, elegant, eloquent, thoughtful and interesting. Thank you NetGalley for the review copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting book about the Rothschild family from the perspective of Gutle as a young girl who meets and falls in love with Meir Amschel Rothschild, their marriage, their children, their life in the Frankfort Ghetto, and their increasing success in business. This powerful quote stood out for me after Gutle lost her 2nd (or perhaps 3rd) child: "Pain takes a thousand forms. Sometimes it pricks, other times it crawls. Sometimes it pinches and other times it weighs heavy. Sometimes it This was an interesting book about the Rothschild family from the perspective of Gutle as a young girl who meets and falls in love with Meir Amschel Rothschild, their marriage, their children, their life in the Frankfort Ghetto, and their increasing success in business. This powerful quote stood out for me after Gutle lost her 2nd (or perhaps 3rd) child: "Pain takes a thousand forms. Sometimes it pricks, other times it crawls. Sometimes it pinches and other times it weighs heavy. Sometimes it groans and other times it screams. Sometimes it is silent, other times it tries to speak. Now it is crawling up my stomach as I try to decipher its words." But the book is SO SLOW and SO LONG. The book is translated from Hebrew but I didn't get the sense that it was the obstacle that kept me from being fully engaged. I gave up at p. 318 out of 481 (after almost a month of trying to plod through it) and I doubt I'll finish. I just don't have the stamina even though I loved The House of Gold by Natasha Solomons and was curious to learn more about the Rothschilds.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    One man's quest for respect I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I began Sara Aharoni's The First Mrs. Rothschild. I'd heard of the Rothschild family, but knew less than nothing about them.I was pleasantly surprised with a story rich in history, told from the point of view of the matriarch of the famous (infamous?) Rothschild family. I had heard the name before and associates it with great wealth, but had no idea of their humble beginnings or wide sweeping impact on global history. At the One man's quest for respect I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I began Sara Aharoni's The First Mrs. Rothschild. I'd heard of the Rothschild family, but knew less than nothing about them.I was pleasantly surprised with a story rich in history, told from the point of view of the matriarch of the famous (infamous?) Rothschild family. I had heard the name before and associates it with great wealth, but had no idea of their humble beginnings or wide sweeping impact on global history. At the same time this is simply a sweet story of a mother's love and devotion to her family.Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre, the best books being those that spark my interest to research the history behind the story. This is definitely the case with The First Mrs. Rothschild. I was surprised to realize how little I knew about history prior to WWI, specifically the treatment of Jews in Germany through out time (began centuries before Hitler.) This was a very interesting story I'm glad I read and recommend to anyone seeking a warm story of a mother's faith and love as her family climbs from the humblest of beginnings to perhaps the wealthiest, most influential family of it's time.Although there are a few moments where the wording feels a bit awkward, this was not originally written in English. I easily give The First Mrs. Rothschild five stars.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Narrative by the mother of the Rothschild clan details who was born, who married whom, how each family member joined the Rothschild clan, and how she as a Mother felt about how her husband as he progressed from a finance clerk to an extremely rich person, founder of a dynasty. As another reviewer mentioned, it is a long solid piece of historical fiction and takes long hours of reading without feeling one is getting anywhere.I liked the book for the stories it reveals about how the Rothchilds Narrative by the mother of the Rothschild clan details who was born, who married whom, how each family member joined the Rothschild clan, and how she as a Mother felt about how her husband as he progressed from a finance clerk to an extremely rich person, founder of a dynasty. As another reviewer mentioned, it is a long solid piece of historical fiction and takes long hours of reading without feeling one is getting anywhere.I liked the book for the stories it reveals about how the Rothchilds used intelligence to find out what was happening during various political changes and wars yet could make money by understanding what was happening and use their many banks in different countries that the sons had set up, in order to beat other bankers to various money trading deals. i liked the Mother's doggedness in staying put on Judenstrasse, the same street she was born into where originally in the 1600's Jews were not permitted outside the gates of their street even though they were in the city of Frankfort.I got a lot of 1700 - 1800 history as well as culture of the Jews of the time as the family grew adding more banks and members.But I had read sufficient by the time I got to the last segment after founding father Meir had died when the mother got old and cranky and dignities from the rest of the world visited her. I skipped many pages at that point. Who cared by then? Not me.
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  • Stef
    January 1, 1970
    Reasonably EnjoyableI chose to read this book as a prelude to reading a non-fiction history if the Rothschild Family, hoping to get a more dramatic taste of who the Rothschilds were before delving into what might be a "dry" biography.The First Mrs. Rothschild accomplished this goal.The book us structured as a diary of Gutle Rothschild, encompassing details of the lives of the first three or four generations of the family after her marriage to Meir Rothschild and the founding of the Rothschild Reasonably EnjoyableI chose to read this book as a prelude to reading a non-fiction history if the Rothschild Family, hoping to get a more dramatic taste of who the Rothschilds were before delving into what might be a "dry" biography.The First Mrs. Rothschild accomplished this goal.The book us structured as a diary of Gutle Rothschild, encompassing details of the lives of the first three or four generations of the family after her marriage to Meir Rothschild and the founding of the Rothschild banking dynasty. Along the way, the "diary" provides a taste of the way of life of European Jews in the late 18th and early 19th centuries - and those of the Frankfurt ghetto in particular - all in the context of historical events of the era.An interesting premise and a no less interesting structure, which, unfortunately, was not matched by the level of interest aroused my the somewhat stilted, monotone, monotonous writing style. I don't know whether this was due to the writing itself or to the translation in English. I generally devour books in short order, but had to put this one aside for several days at a time before I could continue to slog through it.This is a worthwhile read for those interested in Jewish history as presented in a fictional, dramatic setting - but don't expect any literary fireworks.
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  • Sunhawk
    January 1, 1970
    For days I have been enthralled by this book! I do not have the sometimes sense of disappointment that it ended; it was just exactly right.All my adult reading life I have wanted to read this book -- in the abstract: I wondered if it was even possibly to write a book about happy people to whom nothing bad happens. You know, a book without the obligatory tension. Such a book this is. Of course, in a life lived fully for 96 years starting in 1753, there are the inevitable sorrows: loss of a For days I have been enthralled by this book! I do not have the sometimes sense of disappointment that it ended; it was just exactly right.All my adult reading life I have wanted to read this book -- in the abstract: I wondered if it was even possibly to write a book about happy people to whom nothing bad happens. You know, a book without the obligatory tension. Such a book this is. Of course, in a life lived fully for 96 years starting in 1753, there are the inevitable sorrows: loss of a beloved husband, daughters and sons, unspeakable racial discrimination. Somehow, Madam Gutle Rothschild takes all those together with the joys of a long and loving marriage, a houseful of children and grandchildren, an abundance of wealth (along with its accompanying triumphs, recognitions, and disappointments) and distills them into a blessed life. May we all be so blessed!The writing is fluent, gentle, measured...and the translation is completely transparent ...so a hearty "Well done!" from me to author and translator. The subject's life shines through the writing, and to me the reading felt like a glimpse right into her heart. I will seek out more of Aharoni's work, but it would not surprise me to find that this author and subject were supremely suited to each other. This book is a gem.
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