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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The three older daughters go along with his dogmatic and fanatical whims and attitude.

Women could get into Heaven because they were wives and daughters of men. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Principal, school for the public. Skip to main content. I had to take a few moments to reflect on my own past.

Do I sound exaggerated? When Reb Smolinsky returns home free of charges, the community on Hester Street admires him for hitting the rent collector. I kept looking at the clock, counting the minutes to three. We pasted down the floppy wall paper, and on the worst part of the wall, where the plaster was cracked and full of holes, we hung up calendars and pictures from the Sunday newspapers. Sara will not give in to the strictures of her tyrannical Orthodox father and goes out on her own, almost unheard of in those years.

Concerned, Sara walks her father home and begins to care for him by asking time off from teaching. But he didn’t see her or hear her. It was interesting to see some Jewish culture in the book.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

That is a tale of New York’s old Jewish community from roughly a century ago. She The Long Way to Independence: She didn’t have the scared, worried look that pinched and squeezed the blood out of the faces of the poor. It’s an engaging read, not a happy jaunt but educational in its historic telling of New York in gkvers s through the eyes If you want to FEEL how a protagonist feels in a story, then this is a story for you. She was so happy, as she began planning all she would buy next day.


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When she returns to visit with her family after her initial educational endeavor, her reception was as expected. Sara witnesses the damage her father causes on her sisters by intervening in all of their relationships and makes a promise to herself to marry someone of her own choosing.

After her mother’s death, her father remarries, but learns that his new wife, the widow Mrs.

In this case, the daughters were expected to earn enough money to provide sustenance for the family while their father was free to “study”, preach and dictate every whim of expected behavior. I went on peeling the potatoes, but I no more knew what my hands were doing. Jun 19, Pamela rated it it was amazing. The good thing is we are creatures of human expression. She wants to be “a person” in her own eyes and the eyes of the world, and perceives her home of origin—a cramped tenement on Hester Brwad be below the “bottom starting point” givrs the road to this goal.

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Mar 17, Heather Hughes rated it really liked it. This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat Go to work yourself! And the landlady is tearing from me my flesh, hollering for the rent.

I found this on my bookshelf with no recollection of when or where I bought it and whether it was a recommendation or just something that caught my eye.

A fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in allowed her to continue writing. He uses it govers justify his pitiable effort to start a business and when he is defrauded, to justify his poverty. Overall the book was a wonderful read.


He decides to purchase the store without his wife’s opinion, despite her pleading to go with him to make the deal.

All of these books bear the same concept: The features — all fineness and strength. There was one in this school who was what I had dreamed a teacher to be — the principal, Mr.

In this sense, Sara’s comment about her family’s living quarters is strictly true: I’ll even get married some day. He ends arguments with his wife with by saying “Woman!

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. Sara’s attempt to breathe a freer air is genuinely heroic and greatly costly.

No one in their family, can find a good-paying job givefs the family. Aug 17, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: It was time to dismiss the class. Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab and wounded the dragon? More information about text formats.

The narrative seems to be written in a naive Yiddish-inflected Braed It reads as fresh and possibly as scandalously as it did in With a household of 5, and having a small amount of wages being used for the family, Sara strives to make some money for her family. Mother sent me to Muhmenkeh, the herring woman on the corner, for the loan of a feather bed. Hester Street I had just begun to peel the potatoes for dinner when my oldest sister Bessie came in, her eyes far away and very tired.

It is just him none other than anyone else in the family.