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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Aug 17, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: I couldn’t listen to their smartness. Sara describes the community in Hester St. The last chapter, to me, it seems like Sara isn’t happy anymore. Jul 14, Becky rated it it was amazing. The past is ever present, no matter how hard we try to leave it behind. It was like a law in the house that nobody dared touch Mashah’s things, no more than they dared touch Father’s Hebrew books, or Mother’s precious Jar of jelly which she always kept ready for company, even gviers the blackest times, when we ourselves had nothing to eat.
Her yezierskz are from Poland in the Russian Empire. How could I give them milk when my own breasts were empty? It wills itself yeziersja you to play peddler and waste away the last few cents we got.
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska. But the real food is God’s Holy Torah. There was one in this school who was what I had dreamed a teacher to be — the principal, Mr. The goal was here. Finally, she is ultimately drawn back to supporting her father by a lingering feeling of responsibility for her parents, no matter how bad her father was. Yezierska immigrated as a young girl with her family to the United States in the early s. I must buy what I got to sell. Put on strength, O arm of the Lord: As Mother opened the door and saw all my yeziersoa home, the market basket fell from her limp arm.
Bessie roused giverx from the bench and asked, “Nu, Any luck with you? She was no more one of us than the painted lady looking down from the calendar on the wall. Levitas wanted Yezierska to play the role of the traditional wife, but Yezierska rejected being inferior to her husband. The familial patriarch is Rabbi Smolinksy, and his wife is Shenah, who is in awe of him, despite her nagging manner.
He had kept that living thing, that flame, that I used to worship as a child. She told us that by those Americans, everybody in the family had a toothbrush and a separate towel for himself, “not like by us, where we use one torn piece of a shirt for the whole family, wiping the dirt from one face on to another.
Aug 10, Geek Lee rated it really liked it.
An empty-headed, brainless stone I had for a child. Bread Givers is not the only one I have read dealing with immigrant rbead in America. Overall the book was a wonderful read.
As a Torah scholar, he expected to giveds supported instead of working for a living. Not trying to change the other person, but acceptance. All you need yet is a soapbox for a chair, and you’ll have a furnished room complete.
I longed for the close, human touch of life again. She dropped on the brea by the sink and turned her head to the wall. If I could cook their suppers for them, I could even earn yet a few cents from their eating. Jul 17, Shira Reiss rated it really liked it. I want you to know about Sara Smolinsky who lets her own father starve and no rent.
But more even than the music of the hurdy-gurdy was the inspiring sight of the teacher as she passed the street.
Principal, school for the public. But her heart was big with giving all the time from the little she had. And you can pile up your books in the window to the top, because nothing but darkness comes through that window, anyway.
The youngest, dirtiest child in the lowest grade he treated with the same courtesy and serious attention as he gave to the head of the department. And it’s a fire to us. Sara and her mother miss the close support of the community of women from the New York City tenements.
And more came to see what the others were looking at. This book is set in the s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Hester Street about a girl named Sara Smolin The beginning of the breac has a discussion about yexierska significance of the novel and what happened to the author and why it was not published until 75 years after its initial publication.
Widowed, he quickly marries a woman who appears to think, straining credibility, that he has money.
However, be ready for the character of Mr. I would recommend this book to everyone.