Through Different Eyes [NOOK Book]

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What happens when a little-educated peasant girl is chosen in 1903 to leave her family in Bohemia and guide her illiterate godfather across the Atlantic Ocean to the midlands of America? Once fourteen-year-old Anna Mrkvièka works her way to Iowa, she is without blood relatives for protection; she cannot speak English to find a way to escape a physically abusive step-aunt on an isolated farmstead; for three frightening years she is neither paid nor allowed enough to eat. How does she survive and fulfill her ...
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Overview

What happens when a little-educated peasant girl is chosen in 1903 to leave her family in Bohemia and guide her illiterate godfather across the Atlantic Ocean to the midlands of America? Once fourteen-year-old Anna Mrkvièka works her way to Iowa, she is without blood relatives for protection; she cannot speak English to find a way to escape a physically abusive step-aunt on an isolated farmstead; for three frightening years she is neither paid nor allowed enough to eat. How does she survive and fulfill her impoverished mother's wish that somehow she find a way to bring her large family to her?

Through Different Eyes reveals how Anna eventually overcomes overwhelming challenges. Hers is a tale that mirrors that of the heroic journeys of millions of unsung immigrants throughout history. This creative biography describes in detail her perilous steerage ocean trip, her fright on Ellis Island, her sleeping on tenement rooftops in the Lower East Side of New York City, and her discouragement during exhausting farm work in Iowa. It reveals how her grit and determination grow to prevail over daunting hardships, and how she succeeds in her race to bring her family to her before World War I engulfs Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462813377
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/3/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 926,360
  • File size: 633 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    A touching tribute

    An informative look at immigration and the trials of a single girl adjusting to a new identity as an American. A lot of fascinating information about rural life at the turn of the century. I found the excepts about the tenement housing in NYC very well researched and written. This is an excellent and heartfelt tribute to a truly brave woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    Treasure this American Experience

    J. Barbara Alvord manages to make history come alive in this biographical tribute to her Czech grandmother. Honest and painstakingly researched, including a visit to the archives in the Czech village of her grandmother¿s birth, it encompasses the childhood and young married life of Anna Mrkvicka. The book resounds on every page with wit, truth, and human interaction that are all brought to life in vivid images. Impossible to choose favorite passages, I will name some that may be more universal in interest to readers. Those would include the Czech village with its strict school run by unforgiving nuns, and its burdens and realities of village life; the astounding Atlantic Ocean ship voyage to Ellis Island and the days waiting on the Island; life in the early 1900s in New York; and the harsh family hierarchies found in the ¿simple¿ farm life of central Iowa. Through Different Eyes weaves a complex history with a loving, gutsy, sometimes humorous, always grippingly real look at the early 20th century American immigrant experience. A pleasurable mix of a young woman¿s determination, spiritualism, and ability to meet significant life challenges; this book belongs in every family¿s library somewhere near Louisa May Alcott and Willa Cather. It is one of only a few books that I relish rereading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    A Journey Through Time!

    After reading 'Through Different Eyes' I felt a part of the journey; I was right there with the immigrant child throughout her impelling story. A gifted author, J. Barbara Alvord's personal, vivid, detailed and historically-correct vision of her grandmother's difficult and emotional journey from her homeland to America is reminiscent of the joys, hardships and oportunities experienced by so many of our own family members. The story left me wanting to know more about Anna Barbara's adult life; the ultimate compliment to the talented writer's story-telling ability.

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