Posted on May 18, 2011
Jake Wallis Simons’s 2005 first novel The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew was well received. His new one, chronicling Rosa Klein’s Berlin childhood in Nazi Germany and her escape to England on a Kindertransport, is an ambitious, courageous book. Ambitious in the way Simons’s subject matter has a touch of the surreal. Rosa riding her bicycle from early childhood through adolescence into adulthood becomes a symbol of physical as well as metaphysical release.