Bread Givers

Bread Givers

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by Anzia Yezierska
     
 

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The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs.

This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah's struggle towards independence

Overview

The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs.

This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah's struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892553815
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
303,361
File size:
821 KB

Meet the Author

Anzia Yezierska (1882-1970) was born in Poland and came to the Lower East Side of New York with her family in 1890 when she was nine years old.  By the 1920s she had risen out of poverty and become a successful writer of stories, novels—all autobiographical—and an autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White Horse (Persea). Her novel Bread Givers (Persea) is considered a classic of Jewish American fiction. Her acclaimed books also include How I Found America: Collected Stories and The Open Cage. She died in 1970.

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Bread Givers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I had to read this book for a summer reading assignment I thought it would be boring, but I loved it. It is very easy to follow and understand. Not once did I find it complicated to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I imagine it will be hard for young people to believe families actually lived like this, back when children were seen but not heard. Interesting look into the real past.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun story that is an easy, quick read. I recommend it for teenagers and adults alike. It tells the story of the independant and stubborn Sara as she grows up in the Jewish ghetto of New York. She is forced to close herself against her immigrant family, especially her chauvenistic, tyrranical father. The story can be a little sad and even at times melodramatic, but it is for the most part an engrossing, colorful, and heart-warming tale of survival and perseverance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was rather slow and had an abrupt ending. It had many acts of sexism and this was rather annyoing but historically accurate. Overall, 10 being the best and 1 being the worst. It was probably a 51/2. I rate it this because even though it was historically accurate, I was looking for a book that might be able to get me out of my romance stage. It failed to do so and it wasn't one of my favorites. Not only was it slow, the ending was so abrubt and sudden, you did not even know what happened and it left me with many questions. Overall, if you have nothing else to read, look at it. But until then, find something else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was assigned this book for a college class last semester and ended up keeping it on my little bookshelf. It centers around a young woman and her jewish family's struggles to assimilate (or not) into American culture. There's countless other stories similar to it, but Yezierska's writing style is very easy to follow. The father is one of the most infuriating characters I've come across in my recent readings. Overall, good book and not so bad as an assignment. Similar plot line as Jade Snow Womg's 'Fifth Chinese Daughter'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book as a reading assignment for a class.I enjoyed this book very much, eveyone should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book during highschool ending up doing a eassy about the story and how it related to my personal life. Great book.
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