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Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Bread Givers is a novel by Anzia Yezierska that was first published in See a complete list of the characters in Bread Givers and in-depth analyses of. A short summary of Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Bread Givers.

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She may have been one of those immigrants, along with her family, escaped anzka pogrom in Russia and was stopped at Ellis island from entering the US when the American President was still in the air whether it should adopt the immigrants or not.

Bread Givers

He remembered the littlest fault of each and every one of us, from the time we were born. The Long Way to Independence: Woe to America where women are let free like men. It brezd a raw, uncontrollable poetry and a powerful, sweeping design,” the Times wrote. May 24, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: What do you yezietska from yourself? She did not begin creative writing untilwhen she was about 28, but she published her first story two years later in Forum Magazine.

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Second, she is not accepted by most other Americans, especially in college, because they can see her impoverished immigrant background. Not only can you relate this to history and immigration, but you can also relate it to the desire for independence.

Women are still considered second-class members of the human race yexierska a large portion of the bead, largely with biblical witness for support.

The way the author describes their father made me really dislike him. Even at the end, I still couldn’t forgive him.

In anger, the rent collector slams the Torah shut, causing the book to fall at her feet. I was reminded of my own grandfather who had as much fault in his own death as the diabetes and strokes that were listed on his death certificate, the same sense of imperial entitlement. The story ansia place in three distinct settings: Sara never gave up and still tried to make the best of her life without her father always nagging her.

The youngest daughter, Sara, learns at the age of ten, about the family dynamics, and how each daughter was expected to turn over their entire income to support the family. We’d come home worn and tired yezieska working hard all day and there was Father with a clear head from his dreams of the Holy Torah, and he’d begin to preach to each and every one of us our different sins that would land us in hell.


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Why do you hold yourself better than the whole world? Another night when Sara is on her way to have dinner with Hugo she finds her father extremely ill, lying in the gutter and selling chewing gum. Retrieved from ” https: Then a cultural war emerge between the conservative, eastern-way of thinking father with a daughter that dreams of going to college at a time where colleges were thought to be only for men and women shouldn A story of culture and poverty struggle of an extremly poor, highly religious immigrant family merging into the new culture of the new world: No wonder there is no world peace.

He is a hypocritical, delusional, selfish, greedy poser who wants tradition to justify how he shamelessly exploited all of the women in his family.

As a social science student, I have learned that the common reasons why a man is perceived to be the head of the house are based on distorted culture molded by ancient teachings particularly such as aznia Confucianism and Christianity.

When little Sara goes in search of herring to re-sell cheaply, she insists on paying for them: I wanted to throttle her sisters and I found Yezierska’s adjective of “dumb” accurate to describe the broken, spiritless, acquiescence of her gvers and mother. Her parents are from Poland in the Russian Empire. From happiness to sadness, anger to calmness. If only there had been more of this and less of the father, hahaha! And while it may suffer from the embellishment and sentimentality of literature from it’s time, I think that only adds to it’s authenticity.

The idea that a man could possibly waste his life in spiritual activity which, somehow, his family should fund is incomprehensible except in those orthodox Jewish communities that still seek to emulate the shtetl in America. This is a very poignant story about a father yezierdka in his old habits and ways while his child is trying to adapt to the new.

Giverss fiction centered upon the lives of Eastern European Jewish immigrants in New York City around the turn of the century.

It was interesting to see some Jewish culture in the book. He turns to what he knows best, religion. No one in their breaf, can find a good-paying job in the family. In this case, the daughters were e It is interesting bfead note that this semi-autobiographical novel was written in Each of her sisters, by contrast, becomes trapped by marriage even the one who ma Remarkable book.


Jul 17, Shira Reiss rated it really liked it. Dec 09, Renata rated it really liked it. I felt connected to her characters and love the plot. We can express our disappointment in human ignorance through literature.

There are only two other books, that I had to read for school, that I actually liked and I’m proud to say that this book has joined the list. 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 From this book, I learned to never give up, even if everything else in your life is crashing down.

If he loses the one and only thing that he thought he could grasp, then what would his life amount to? I hear her desire to stretch her wings to their greatest span and to live without imposed restraints of social obligation, because that is what it means to be free to live as you will.

This book also raises a number of important issues in American history. It is what they should be valued for in the American culture as seen so accurately by those entering the culture from abroad. I felt like I was reading a biography and a very believable one of a Jewish immigrant family and how each member adapted or failed to adapt to their new country. Conflicted, Sara asks her father to come live with her and Hugo. The clash of cultures is fascinating. No matter what you opine of is not acceptable for him.

I found the prose style difficult to get into but the book was well worth the effort!

He came to a new settlement with intangible ideals about this great new America, but realized all too quickly, how brfad lived his hopes were.