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Out of This Furnace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Genuine, Raw Account of Immigrant Life in America

    Like many other reviewers, I was required to read this book for a history class I attended. I was really wary of reading this particular book at first, as most of my professors had a tendency of doling out lengthy, technical biographies or novels with hard to grasp plot-lines. What I liked most about this novel was the genuine feel to it, as though I was hearing this story from the actual characters in the book. I enjoyed the sharp tales of poverty and horrifying conditions of the mills--it was something I had not honestly been exposed to in such detail before. In my opinion, this is the best book for one to understand what it was like for an immigrant coming to America, looking for a better life, hands down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Wow, I didn't expect this!

    I read this book for my history class. As a history major, I love it when my professors assign books that their students will love. From the moment I started the book until the very end, I was so amazed and yet, appalled at the same time. It took this book for me to realize how hard it is to come from another country to America and make it. I thought this book showed the beginnings of the Progressive Reform Movement at its finest. Thank you for writing such a great book!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    Around the kitchen table

    Reading oput of the Furnace was like sitting at the kitchen table late at night listening to my parents and grandparents talk about how it was when they 'came over'! What memories this book brought back! I would recommend it for anyone who had relatives that worked in the coal mines and steel mills of the early 1900's in whatever area of the country! What a great appreciation it will give you for what your forebears went through when they decided to come to America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2002

    Personal History

    When I found out I had to read this book for a paper at school, I groaned. But, while reading this book, I kept thinking about my grandmother telling me her stories of her family, and how they started over in this country. I loved the book because it gave an outstanding look at the lives of the immigrants and the way they were treated and how we thought about of them, and the way we treated them. I think anyone who loves to read or learn about their family history will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    Braddock, Pennsylvania

    This book is a must for anyone who grew up in the steel mill town of Braddock Penna. or that area. My parents migrated here from the old country about 1927.Many places in that area are mentioned in the book. Braddock is still there, but everything is gone.All the stores and bars along Braddock avenue are either gone or boarded up.The mill still is open but not to the capacity of years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2000

    Stories of My Grandfather From My Childhood.

    This book has brought back many memories of my grandfather who came to Pittsburg via Nova Scotia and Tuxedo Park New York where my father was born. He too came to this country alone while my grandmother was in Slovakia with my two aunts and one uncle. Her came here around 1885 and got his first job in the steemills in the early 1900's. The book did a marvelouse job of returning some of my fondest memories of the talks I've had with my father about grandfather.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2000

    A Must Read - History Buff or Not

    Bell's book is an informative and interesting read. It is a novel chronicling three generations of a Slavic immagrant family who work in the Philadelphia mines. While it is a fictional book, its setting is historically accurate and descript. It reads like a novel, and is very insightful into the human condition that was endured by these important people in America's History.

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