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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You think you can make over the world? It just felt to me that she didn’t really get her happy ending that she deserved. W This is one breax my absolute favorite books of all time.

The narrative seems to be written in a naive Yiddish-inflected English Semi-autobiographical work by a Jewish-American female author, Anzia Yezierska. We’d come home worn and tired from working hard all day and there was Father with givfrs 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.

A story of xnzia and poverty struggle of an extremly poor, highly religious immigrant family merging into the new culture of the new world: Views Read Edit View history.

Jun 19, Pamela rated it it was amazing. So what is he to do? I celebrated her Sara’s strength of conviction to continue with her gezierska in the face of hunger, isolation, and discouragement.

Rejected, she decides to focus on her studies. 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 annzia living all year round.

And most particularly that man who dominates vread lives of all females in his orbit, the rabbi-like paterfamilias of the piece, who has only studied Torah for his entire life and who has no skills with which to give any bread to anyone in his new world.


Consequently, we peoples in the world tend to be incorrigible. See 1 question about Bread Givers…. I felt the anxia of her family as they scrounged for food and warmth, the shame of being impoverished, and the singular hope of Sara’s brave spirit to live free from the shackles of oppressive patriarchy.

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

I really liked this book. This is a heartbreaking book, but I thank my grandparents for leaving their homes and coming to this country. The three yezerska daughters go along with his dogmatic and fanatical whims and attitude. The girls were rarely free for individual pleasures or to choose prospective husbands.

He enjoyed it greatly and suggested I read it, too. Mar 17, Heather Hughes rated it really liked it. An Introduction With Selections. That is a tale of New York’s old Jewish community from roughly a century ago.

Bread Givers

I was proud that she rebelled against her dad and never gave up on finding a future for herself without needing a man’s help. I thought this book was an amazing book because it talks about how it is like living like an immigrant that just moved to America. The professor recommended it highly and told the class that it was a good read and that we would all find ourselves absorbed in the book once we got into it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Her fiction centered upon the lives of Eastern European Jewish immigrants in New York City around the turn of the century. Proving that certain men are anzis without women. Describing “Bread Givers” as emotionally impacting and revealing of a traditional strict father and a young assimilating daughter yearning for success. She’d broken free of poverty and patriarchy!

He turns to what he knows best, religion. I was also reminded of him when Sara comes home from college to find that her mother’s feet have rotted away from gangrene, and her refusal to have them removed to save her life. Yezzierska, the youngest daughter, breaks free of her father to pursue her dreams for education. No matter what happens, he is the one who decides against anything concerning familial problems.


Having to live in a poor family and a father that doesn’t work due to his “learning”, she decides to live her life and rebel against her father.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

I celebrated when she sees through the guise of the predatory suitor, I laugh knowingly as she glvers for improbable crushes and I enjoy her triumphant completion yezirrska college and return to New York as a teacher.

But now, it reminds me of how far American women have come in the last years, how hard those battles were, and what a threat fundamentalist men still are to our well-being.

And I wonder if the mixture of “traditional” American values with Smolinsky’s Orthodox background, make for a particularly violent collision. 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. He uses it to deny his daughters marriages for love, views them as earners supporting his holding up the light of the Torah and basically sells them off. Family life is seen through her eyes, and they are the eyes of a three-dimensional person, a person of substance and depth.

As with any book I read through the foreword and introduction, written by Alice Kessler-Harris, and she tells of how she discovered Yezierska when she was yezierskx grad student and became entranced by yezieraka.

Another highlight of the book is the grammar structures of the sentences. Yezierska, dubbed the “Cinderella of the Sweatshop” by the giverrs press, wrote Bread Givers about the daughter of an immigrant family who struggles against her Orthodox father’s rigid idea of Jewish womanhood.