The Bohemian Flats

The Bohemian Flats In The Bohemian Flats, Mary Relindes Ellis S Rich, Imaginative Gift Carries Us From The Bourgeois World Of Fin De Si Cle Germany To A Vibrant Immigrant Enclave In The Heart Of The Midwest And To The Killing Fields Of World War I.Shell Shock, As It Was Called, Lands Raimund Kaufmann In A London Hospital, A Victim Of The War But Also Of His Own, And His Brother S, Efforts To Get Out Of Germany And Build A New Life In America While His Recovery Eludes Him, His Memory Returns Us To Minneapolis, To The Flats, A Milling Community On The Mississippi River, Where Raimund And His Brother Albert Have Sought Respite From The Oppressive Hand Of Their Older Brother, Now The Master Of The Family Farm And Brewery In Minnesota The Brothers Confront Different Forms Of Prejudice, But They Also Find A Chance To Remake Their Lives According To Their Own Principles And Wishes Until The War Makes Their German Roots Inescapable.Following These Lives, The Bohemian Flats Conjures Both The Sweep Of Irresistible History And The Intimate Reality Of A Man, And A Family, Caught Up In It From A Nineteenth Century German Farm To The Thriving, Wildly Diverse Immigrant Village Below Minneapolis On The Mississippi To The European Front In World War I, And Returning To Twentieth Century America This Is A Story That Takes A Reader To The Far Reaches Of Human Experience And The Depths Of The Human Heart. Spanningthan a half century, Ellis s historical novel, follows the German Kaufman brothers and their immigration to the United States The melting pot community of the Bohemian Flats, clustered on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, becomes home to Raimund Kaufman and his brother Albert and family Ellis captures the families flight from Germany and their assimilation into the American culture Seeking to escape from his brutal fathers insistence that he join the German A Spanningthan a half century, Ellis s historical novel, follows the German Kaufman brothers and their immigration to the United States The melting pot community of the Bohemian Flats, clustered on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, becomes home to Raimund Kaufman and his brother Albert and family Ellis captures the families flight from Germany and their assimilation into the American culture Seek
I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel very interesting Minneapolis community during the turn of the century I liked the way the author tied together events of the time WW I, early days of immigration to Minnesota and Wisconsin, growth of the city of Minneapolis However, the story of the Kauffmans was very disjointed The characters were extensively developed ad nauseum in the beginning The WW I sequences were weakly developed and seemed not to be well related to the rest of the I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel very interesting Minneapolis community during the turn of the century I liked the way the author tied together events of the time WW I, early days of immigration to Minnesota and Wisconsin, growth of the city of Minneapolis However, the story of the Kauffmans was very disjointed The characters were extensively developed ad nauseum in the beginning The WW I sequences were weakly developed and seemed not to be well related to the rest of the novel It
Recently two book clubs gathered in the basement meeting room of a local library to listen to Mary Relindes Ellis, via Skype, talk about her research into, and own personal history of, her amazing, detailed and well written historical novel, The Bohemian Flats She was fascinating and well versed in her subject, and as entertaining to listen to as her book is to read I would highly recommend this book for its portrayal of energetic and believable characters, and for the history of the diverse p Recently two book clubs gathered in the basement meeting room of a local library to listen to Mary Relindes Ellis, via Skype, talk about her research into, and own personal history of, her amazing, detailed and well written historical novel, The Bohemian Flats She was fascinating and well versed in her subject, and as entertaining to listen to as her book is to read I would highly recommend this book for its portrayal of energetic and believable characters, an
This book was slow to get into, but HOLY COW did it turn out to be good It s about a family, one of which leaves Germany and finds himself living in the Bohemian Flats area of Minneapolis along the Mississippi River It gives such a fabulous and rich history of the immigrants and
Just finished this book this morning I loved it The main characters are from a German family who makes there way to Wisconsin and Minnesota just before WWI It follows their story and how they are affected by the changes and espe
This is a remarkable book by a Wisconsin author It follows the Kaufmann family from Germany to Minneapolis St Paul and a bit of Wisconsin as well One of my Book Club buddies said, It is almost like poetry Her characters and descriptions of the
Good story of German immigrants to Minnesota It seemed that most of the story is about the branch of the family who later moved to northern Wisconsin and settled there on a farm While somewhat predictable, it was a good tale and held my interest Good summer read. I enjoyed this book, which combined my love of Minneapolis and the Mississippi with my interest in WWI It was a bit slow to get into and was dry and rushed in a few spots, but overall was an excellent narrative and history. This is the history of a German family who chose to immigrate to the United States not only for political reasons but for very personal reasons, family reasons This is not just the story of one family but of many families that chose to come to this country for so many different reasons but the underlying factor was freedom.This account is about generations of a family and the history not only of their births and deaths but also of the world The story centers on two brothers who are alike and y This is the history of a German family who chose to immigrate to the United States not only for political reasons but for very personal reasons, family reasons This is not just the story of one family but of many families that chose to come to this country for so many different reasons but the underlying factor was freedom.This account is about generations of a family and the history not only of their births and deaths but also of the world The story centers on two brothers who are alike and yet very different The younger, Raimund Kaufman leaves Germany and finds his way to Minneapoli
My rating is a 3.5 It took me a while to get into the book but once I did I found it a fairly compelling read The back story on Raimund and the rest of the Kauffmann family was interesting and important for what came in the future Reading about the ethnically diverse area of Minneapolis and the lifestyle there was entertaining I wasn t sure what the point was of having Magdalena be sort of a seer that didn t really add a a

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  • Paperback
  • 280 pages
  • The Bohemian Flats
  • Mary Relindes Ellis
  • 02 June 2018
  • 0816692203