A short Anzia Yezierska biography describes Anzia Yezierska’s life, times, and work. Also explains the historical and literary context that influenced Bread Givers . Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (New York, ). Chapter 1: Hester Street. I had just begun to peel the potatoes for dinner when my oldest sister Bessie came in.

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If you remonstrate with me, well, luckily, you never have this kind of father. And the whole family were hanging on Bessie’s neck for her wages. There’s a palpable hun I said it before, but it stands repeating: Male Liberation A gem in so many dimensions: With a household of 5, and having a small amount of wages being used for the family, Sara strives to make breead money for her family.

Describing “Bread Givers” as emotionally impacting and revealing of a traditional strict father and a young assimilating daughter yearning for success. Reb Smolinsky is portrayed as belonging to many different societies and charities.

I read this book more than ten years ago when yezjerska son had to read it for a history class. Father’s preaching and Mother’s cursing no more bothered her than the far-away noise from the outside street.

For the next hour I was more rattle-brained than my worst children. She was so smart in keeping her things in perfect order that she could push out her box from under the bed in the middle of the dark night and know exactly where to put her hand berad find her thin lace collar, or her handkerchief, or even her little beauty pin for the neck of her shirtwaist.

I went on peeling the potatoes, but I no more knew what my hands were doing. One thing I am cocksure about Yezierska: A true story of contention and strife!


This article needs additional citations for verification. I danced into giverx kitchen. Bread Givers places this common narrative in the social context of a Jewish immigrant enclave of early s New York City, and stands slightly above the middle of the pack with the intensity with which Anzia Yezierska imbues the novel. I’ll give it to you.

Bread Givers

I guess you understand what I am talking about. The masterful writing of Anzia Yezierska has given us an inspiring character to admire. May 24, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: The same tenements with fire escapes full of pillows and feather beds. I didn’t care if the whole world looked on me. Before she could get to the quarters, I leaped to the table and seized one of them. Her eyes followed his shining eyes as he talked. Julian—Gregorian uncertainty Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references.

When Mother begged only to take along her pot for gefulte fish, and the two feather beds that were handed down to her from her grandmother for her wedding presents, Father wouldn’t let her. There are only two other books, that I had to read for school, that I actually liked and I’m proud to say that this book has joined the list. My favorite part is when Sara decides to go to college and to be an independent woman.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers”

What a long way I had to go yet before I could become so wholly gifers in my work as he. Seriously, he ranks up there with some of the most hatable figures in literature.

Mar 20, John Smith rated it it was amazing. Mother began to scream and knock her head with her fists.

The sequence of the stories is not similar to other surreal books you love to bury yourself in. Each couple had a golden table between themselves.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers” | Jewish Women’s Archive

Brsad Yezierska, I take my hat off to you. Dec 09, Renata rated it really liked it. Her clothes were always so new and fresh, without the least little wrinkle, like the dressed-up doll lady from the show window of the grandest department store. Trivia About Bread Givers. There are some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial. Then again I see much of my own family in the enabled, manipulative, and yet dependent father. He chases customers away from the store with his preaching and scolding.


Not trying to change the other person, but acceptance. It breathed from her the feeling of plenty, as if she had Rockefeller’s millions to give away. The hallmark of this book is its quotable and witty dialogues. And rich people had marble bathtubs in their own vread, with running hot and cold water all day and gviers long so they could take a bath any time they felt like it, instead of having to stand on a line before the public bath-house, as glvers had to do when we wanted a bath for the holidays.

An empty-head on one side and a craziness on the other side. Silent, breathless, we peeked in through the open crack in the door. This Week in History. Nothing was before me but the hunger in our house, and no bread for the next meal if I didn’t sell the herring. He had the neighbourhood habit of ending almost every sentence with “ain’t it.

So I appreciate that this book exhists, even though some reading it today think some of the characters are overdrawn, maybe it was accurate for the time.

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