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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I really liked this book. As giverd was leaving the room he turned to me with great gentleness and said, “When you dismiss the class, will you step into my office?

It was heartbreaking seeing the daughters marry and struggle and become controlled by their abusive husbands. However, as the story goes deeper, the more foolishly miserable the story becomes until I come to the point that it might be a disappointing story after all. It showed up on a lot of college reading lists during my time at university, and I’ve been meaning to read it for the last 20 years.

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. So, amidst of reading it, I predict gjvers the ending of the story could be like a-happily-ever-after denouement. She never gave up despite all the troubles that were being tossed in her journey of discovering herself.

So he should be thrown in the street to shame and to laughter for the whole world.

The style is often melodramatic–and yet the emotions are so thoroughly felt and convincing that the melodrama is transcended. Silent, breathless, jezierska peeked in through the giverss crack in the door. But my books, my holy books always were, and always will be, the light of the world.

You can easy sell them at two cents, and maybe the ones that ain’t squeezed for three cents. So many emotions and so much commentary on social constructs. In the “Women’s Wear Daily” an ad called Jews Donating Textile Shops to Kin Abroad encourages Jewish-American immigrants to donate money or textiles to support the cause of enabling home-town folk to earn a living all year round.


I must see you. 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 self in individual pursuits.

Beautifully redesi This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood.

Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab and wounded the dragon? Sarah’s struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share.

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Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska is a compelling book, not only in its vivid descriptions of life in New York City during the ss, but also in its look into an Orthodox Jewish family, and its standards.

Trivia About Bread Givers. 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. This is the tale of a Polish-Jewish family who have immigrated to the teeming, impoverished ghetto of New York. Rage flamed from his eyes as he thundered at me, stamping his feet.

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.

She came along to help me carry it. Even up to this day, in the Philippines, fathers are still considered the head of the family. The features — all fineness and strength.

An empty-head on one side and a craziness on the other side. Please consider making a gift to JWA today! Well done madam, well done. You shall have your wish. Why had I not the wings to fly with? A plate of pennies like a beggar’s hand reaching out of our bunch of rags.

The school teacher’s rule, “A place for everything, and everything in its place,” was no good for us because there weren’t enough places. It’s infuriating, but of course one has to understand the behavior within the context of the religion and time period. Her fingers stole a touch of his hand, as if he were the king of the world. The story took place in s when the Jewish family migrated from Russian Poland to The America with dreams of quick wealth and fortune.


The Smolinskys’ struggle to pay their rent to the landlord, resulting in a confrontation between the landlord’s rent collector and Reb Smolinsky. To him I was nothing but his last unmarried daughter to be bought and sold. She makes an effort to be a part of the social circles around her but is not accepted by her American peers.

Bread Givers

I must buy what I got to sell. It began dancing under my feet. In addition to Bread GiversYezierska wrote a number of other books.

Perhaps it is my American self that cries out for Sara to come among us and take her place as one of the brave and free. The pride in her beautiful face, in her golden hair, lifted her head like a diamond crown.

And the whole family were hanging on Bessie’s neck vread her wages. Bread giving is what men not only do, it is their primary quality as human beings. What I liked best is the English of the people in the book is how I remember my grandmother speaking.

This book was assigned reading as part of a course on immigration policy within the US. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In this case, the daughters were e It is interesting to note that this semi-autobiographical novel was written in When the Good Angel put down for them their wine, their table shook so that half of it yezierxka spilled.

Mashah pushed up her shoulders and turned back to the mirror, taking the hairpins carefully from her long golden hair and fixing it in different ways. She’d broken free of poverty and patriarchy!