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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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I was fully aniza in this book. Men are biologically stronger than women. Feeling successful, Sara returns home to find her mother fatally ill. Widowed, he quickly marries a woman who appears to think, straining credibility, that he has money.

The youngest daughter does not want the life where work is the only thing she has. I am not sure I can even summon up a shred of respect for religious freee that make women less than people.

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On Finding Myself in Japan. Beautifully redesigned page for page yeziersk the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

Bread Givers is the story of Russian Jew immigrant Sara Smolinsky and her desire and struggle to achieve the pinnacle of what it means to be an American; the opportunity to invest one’s yrzierska in individual pursuits.

Every scene is so fast that you will end up in a hanging position as if you want to read more at full length. When Reb Smolinsky returns home free of charges, the community on Hester Street admires him for hitting the rent collector.

Levitas wanted Yezierska to play the role of the traditional wife, but Yezierska rejected being inferior to her husband. There’s a palpable hunger in Bread Yeierskathe hunger of the flesh and the soul. She The Long Way to Independence: 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 also brread to gibers “a person among people” doesn’t make money or secure lodgings any way she can, but does it in anziaa manner that lets her respect herself.


When little Sara goes in search of herring to re-sell cheaply, she insists on paying for them: Otherwise, he will hurl abuse at you, or if you are a son, he will make a man of you by punching you in the chest or stomach.

Write a customer review. So many emotions and so much commentary on social constructs. Not trying to change the other person, but acceptance.

If the story is pitched at too high of a register to sustain itself, and the heroine’s father too much of a caricature of the chauvinistic patriarch, there are more than enough moments of genuine feeling to make up for it.

I celebrated when she sees through the guise of the predatory suitor, I laugh knowingly as she falls for improbable crushes and I enjoy her triumphant completion of college and return to New York as a teacher. We can express our disappointment in human ignorance through literature. So what is he to do? Mar 02, Yinglin Chen rated it really liked it Shelves: If you are American, and probably even if you are not, you have heard this story before: I was proud that she rebelled against her dad and never gave up on finding a future for herself without needing a man’s help.

She does succeed in this, but of course, blood is thicker than water, and by the end of the novel, you can see how much she actually cares for her family, and more so her father. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories. Not very Christian of me – so I’m no better than he was. It is just him none other than anyone else in the family. Yeziegska was romantic interest between the two, which he ended by taking a three year lecture tour in the Far East. Th 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. Running in the Family Vintage International.


I celebrated her Sara’s strength of conviction to anzua with her studies in the face of hunger, isolation, and discouragement.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

He uses it to deny his daughters marriages for love, views them as earners supporting his holding up the light of the Torah and basically sells them off.

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.

A fool they whip even in the Holy Temple. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Red Ribbon on a White Horse: With no food to eat, not much money to pay for rent and school fee’s, Sara still tries to make progress with the life she has.

Reb Smolinsky’s case is more complex than this: If you can read about the sad lives of the Smolinsky women–at the hand of a selfish “holy man” who deserves a BAD father of the year award every year–without feeling enraged, sad, sympathetic, and wanting to go back in time and strangle a few people menwell No wonder there is no world peace.

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.

Ansia, Sara asks her father to come live with her and Hugo.