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. Anzia Yezierska’s best-known novel, Bread Givers, received a glowing review in the New York Times on September 13, Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

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He turns to what he knows best, religion. If only gicers had been more of this and less of the father, hahaha! Anzoa 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.

The Smolinskys’ struggle to pay their rent to the landlord, resulting in a confrontation between the landlord’s rent collector and Reb Smolinsky. Probably nothing, at least in the eyes of the father. You can be serious about the philosophical dialogues among the characters, but you will end up finding them funny.

I celebrated her Sara’s strength of conviction to continue with her studies in the face of hunger, isolation, and discouragement. Ewell, and Humbert Hread. As her life goes on, she never gave up at all. So I think the reason that it is widely-read and -taught is that it had been a pioneer in English-language immigrant fiction. It’s a great book, although quite sad in parts.

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This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Reb Smolinsky decides to arrange marriages for each of his three older daughters despite them already being in love. 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.

View all 4 comments. From happiness to sadness, anger to calmness. Once the transaction of the bargain is completed, Reb Smolinsky, his wife, and Sara discovery that most of the stock in the store was fake and that they were swindled by the prior owner.


Yezierska, dubbed the “Cinderella of the Sweatshop” by the popular press, wrote Bread Givers about uezierska daughter of an immigrant family who struggles against her Orthodox father’s rigid idea of Jewish womanhood.

Those most prone to the cultural myth of bread giving are of course men themselves, especially men steeped in the patriarchal culture of the Polish shtetl. In this case, the daughters were expected to earn enough money to provide sustenance yezirska the family while their father was free to “study”, preach and dictate every whim of expected behavior.

There are some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial. I really enjoyed her gread style. He uses it to justify his pitiable effort to start a business and when he is defrauded, to justify his poverty.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Aug 10, Geek Lee rated it really liked it. Even at the end, I still couldn’t forgive him. This book has many description that made me think as if I was living with Sara. She did not begin creative writing untilwhen she was about 28, but she published her first story two years later in Forum Magazine.

I became so engrossed in the book that I finished in one day not a huge feat, the book is only pages. A woman’s highest happiness is to be a man’s wife, the mother of a man’s children.

The girls were rarely free for individual pleasures or to choose prospective husbands. She graduated in as a cooking teacher, but she did not remain a teacher for long because she disliked it intensely. But the reconciliation is bittersweet. The marriage was annulled after six months, because she had refused to consummate it.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Our protagonist fights back. King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto-feminist masterpiece, a profoundly moving documentary about the true brezd of immigrant-assimilation, a charming remembrance of Yiddish-American dialect. His manipulations, rants and raves eventually cause them to give in to his dictates. He refuses to let them marry for love.


The first half of the story takes place when the main character, Sarah Smolinsky, is still a child or in her teens, and describes the control that her father had over h This was written in so a reminder that feminism as analysis of the suppression of women as distinct from the struggle for the vote didn’t just start in the s and s.

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 The vividness with which Yezierska depicts such experiences — the despair at the prospect of no dinner, the pride of having sold a few herring from the bottom of a govers — pitches one headlong into her heroine’s need for a way out.

Not only can you relate this to history and immigration, but you can also relate it to the desire for independence.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers”

Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance. I really liked this book.

It’s nearly impossible to comprehend a father sending his kids out to work and bring berad every penny to him, while he sits at home reading his religious books. So um, not sure how long I’m going to keep this up, but Time and again we see father fail with his religious antics, simultaneously tearing the family apart, and i could sense that he too, knew what he was doing.

After her mother’s death, her father remarries, but learns that his new wife, the widow Mrs. This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat