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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Although she took a job as a social worker for Hebrew Charities in San Francisco, Yezierska was unable to support her daughter as a single mother and was forced to send her to live with her father. The second half of the book is after Sarah leaves home. Not very Christian of me – so I’m yeziefska better than he was. From happiness to sadness, anger to calmness. Yezierska won a scholarship to Teacher’s College, part of Columbia University yezerska Is this feature helpful?

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The Bowery and Bohemia. My Life with Lifers. The story took place in s when the Jewish family migrated from Russian Poland to The America with dreams of quick wealth and fortune. A real “person” is also respected by those around her, accepted and valued by others vread also live up to ydzierska standard of person-hood.

Give it to a teenage girl who has low self-image or loves to read. She wants to be “a person” in her own eyes and the eyes of the world, and perceives her home of origin—a cramped tenement on Hester Street—to be below the “bottom starting point” on the road to this goal.

The last chapter, to me, it seems like Sara isn’t happy anymore. Whether this is a genuine belief of his or a mere self-justification for his hypocrisy, it’s severely problematic, especially since he is unwilling or unable to acknowledge that others may not share his own priorities. To Reb Smolinsky, this means allying his family with others further up the social ladder: Come with Me to Babylon.

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Reb Smolinsky decides to arrange marriages for each of his three older daughters despite them already being in love. I found joy in watching her make her way through college and then find the love of her life. I felt like I was reading a biography and a very believable one of a Jewish immigrant family and how each member adapted or failed to adapt to their new country.


My college professor had us read this book for class.

The main character is part of a large family that immigrated to America looking for economic opportunity denied to them as Jews in Russia. If you have an interest in 19th century immigrant culture, New York City history, or just plain enjoy stories where a woman stands up for herself to make her own way in the world, you’ll love this book.

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Young Women, College Students. She is very strong-willed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. However, being the only male in the family, he couldn’t, no, he didn’t want to admit his failures to his family and so, he turned a blind eye to them.

His interactions, decisions and doctrine influence his daughters, Fania, Bessie, Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska is a compelling book, not only in its vivid descriptions of life in New York City during the ss, but also in its look into an Orthodox Jewish family, and its standards. But not even then she is not free; in the end, old Reb Smolinsky threatens to ruin even her new household by becoming so helpless that he lives with Sara and her husband.

It’s a great book, although quite sad in parts. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The first half of the story takes place when the main character, Sarah Smolinsky, is still a child or in her teens, and describes the control that her father brea over her mother and sisters. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs.

Another night when Sara is on her way to have dinner with Hugo she finds her father extremely ill, lying in the gutter and selling chewing gum. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Perhaps it is my American self that cries out for Sara anza come among us and take her place as one of the brave and free. She breaks free and learns to be a person on her own, without needing a man to annzia her value. The daughters must bring in every penny to support the family and the frantic mother, who at first seems such a shallow, stereotyped character, proves to be an amazing woman in how she endures her crazy husband.


There were some sad moments, but I found it to be a happy story until the very last chapter. However, be ready for the character of Mr. The youngest daughter does not want the life where work is the only thing she has. The Alphabet of Grace. Yezierska portrays so well the toxic effect that an overbearing and religiously fundamentalist father has on his wife and daughters, blunting and destroying their chances for personal and professional success and happiness.

The story takes place in three distinct settings: A fascinating look into the experience of a first-generation American immigrant, torn between the familial pull of the Old World and the opportunities available in a vibrant New York. The contradiction is obvious to everyone but himself so he ends up participating in the same tragedy which he has inflicted on his daughters by, as a widower, marrying a woman who expects nothing but … a bread giver.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Every scene is so fast that you will end up in a hanging position as if you want to read more at full length. How to write a great review. It is interesting to see how the father behaves towards women and treat his daughters. 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. They ranged from hating the stupidity of the characters to pity. We were required to answer an essay prompt and I easily was able to retain enough about the book to make an A on the essay.

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