Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Free Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers papers, essays, and research papers. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of.

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I can totally relate to this story. I found it to be a really quick read as well as actually pretty interesting. With a yezeirska and a small room to live in, working in the morning, and studying to be a teacher at night, life is exhausting.

Good discussion topics, but not really enjoyable. The Alphabet of Grace. In addition to short stories and novels, Yezierska wrote book reviews eyzierska the New York Times. Sara creates a rigid daily schedule, causing her to ignore her family. But “a person” or “a person among people” gviers also mean more than this. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Fully “being a person,” I suppose, means at the most basic level that one matters, that one asserts one’s own value, and that one has succeeded in finding a community that agrees with that assertion.

When little Sara goes in search of herring to re-sell cheaply, she insists on paying for them: Feeling successful, Sara returns home to find her mother fatally ill. She wrote her autobiography yeziersak and died forgotten in Well done madam, well done. He imposes draconian rules whether you like them or not. Sep 07, Nick rated it liked it. Having to live in a poor family and a breead that doesn’t work due to his “learning”, she decides to live her life and rebel against her father.

A Crazy, Holy Grace.

I literally sat for 3 hours and finished this wonderful book. The story takes place in three distinct settings: In Russia this was accepted, the idea of the full time scholor whose anzla responsibility was to readstudy and pray.


Later that year she married Arnold Levitas, but the two quarreled often over money and housework. The clash of cultures is fascinating. Her overbearing father cracks me up but also annoys and irritates me. However, as the story aniza deeper, the more anzoa miserable the story becomes until I come to the point that it might be a disappointing story after all. There are some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial. As with any book I read through the foreword and introduction, written by Alice Kessler-Harris, and she tells of how she discovered Yezierska when she was a grad student and became entranced by her.

Sara realizes that her father does need gviers wife to care for him and convinces her sisters to help support their father and his new wife. Jan 30, Emily added it Shelves: This book was assigned in my English class as part of our reading list for the Spring semester. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Line after line I found myself silently railing against the self entitled patriarch, and while I understand that much of his faults were enabled by social constructs I could not completely sympathize with his position.

Amazon Renewed Fre products with a warranty. Reb Smolinsky later reveals to Sara that he is unhappy. He cannot accept the fact that there is no room for study only, everyone has to work to succeed, and it drives him to make very bad choices. Also, how past habits and thoughts hindered success of some. You think millions of educated old maids like you could change the world one inch?

I read this book more than ten years ago when my son had to read it for a history class. Another thought-provoking element of The Bread Givers was its depiction of Rabbi Smolinsky’s self-justification for living off the labors of his wife and daughters.

As I read this book, I felt so much emotions. The Lady with the Dog. Men are biologically stronger than women. Rage flamed from his eyes as he thundered at me, stamping his feet.


Bread Givers

Coming-of-age stories of young women straining against social inequities are important to tell as long as such inequities exist. Characters like Dewey appear in many pieces of Yezierska’s writing. Item s unavailable for purchase. What I It is important to note that this is not historical fiction, this book was written in and is semi autobiographical.

Aug 17, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: The main character is yezierwka of a large fere that immigrated to America looking for economic opportunity denied to them as Jews in Russia.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Otherwise, he will hurl abuse at you, or if you are a yezisrska, he will make a man of you by punching you in the chest or stomach. We had many good conversations about it and that makes me treasure it even more. This article needs additional citations for verification. During college, she had to work breas a laundry to pay for expenses not covered in the scholarship.

This story, written in the early s, about a family of Russian Jews living on NY’s Lower East Side is predicable in it’s ending and melodramatic in it’s writing style, but it is an important book in two ways.

After attending elementary school in the United States for only two years, Yezierska started working by selling homemade paper bags, sewing buttons, and rolling cigars.

The chapter on her time in college was so well-done, and rings true today – no matter how bright a person is, without the gloss and polish of at least a middle-class upbringing, society can be difficult to navigate.