Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Free Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers papers, essays, and research papers. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of.

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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the yezzierska Kindle App. Then you can start rbead Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us frfe a lower price? The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Yeezierska of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against yrzierska father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood.

Sarah’s struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Education of Richard Rodriguez. My Life with Lifers. On Finding Myself in Japan. Running in the Family Vintage International. Editorial Reviews Review Conscious of her outsider status – a Polish immigrant, a amzia in a foreign language, a Jewish female – Anzia Yezierska takes us inside an early twentieth-century American immigrant Jewish family, a family without a son to lighten hivers load or brighten their lives.

Sarah, the narrator of Bread Giversdescribes with urgency and in detail the lives she, her sisters, and her mother live to support their revered, torah-reading father: Sarah struggles to remain loyal: If they ever had times they hated Father, they were too frightened of themselves to confess But could I help it what was inside me? I had to feel what I felt even it killed me.

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This story, written in the early s, about a family of Russian Jews living on NY’s Lower East Side is predicable in it’s ending and melodramatic in it’s writing style, but it is an important book in two ways.

First it shows what lfe was like in the late s, early ‘s, when people struggles to make a living and live in this country while trying to hold on to the old ways, the ways yeziersa the country they left behind. We see this in the father, who wanbted to do nothing but study the Torah while his daughters supported him.


In Russia this vivers accepted, the idea of the full time scholor whose only responsibility was to readstudy and pray. He cannot accept the fact that there is no room for study only, everyone has to work to succeed, and it drives him to make very bad choices. It is also a book concerned with feminist ideas and ideals. The youngest daughter does not want the life where work is the only thing she has. She wants an education, will not settle for an arranged marriage, wants to be a teacher, wants more than to just support her family.

It forces her to leave home and live alone, to break away from her tyrant of a father, to reject easy marriages, to work her way through college and to finall succeed at becoming a teacher.

The story is predicatable, you know she will succeed and finally meet a good man, but she also learns you have to balance the past with the present and future.

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A very interesting book, brsad just have to remember when it was written, and not compoare her writing style to something you’d see written today. Charlottekrn Bookfair Top Contributor: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The classic novel reveals the hardships Jewish immigrants faced in America.

The novel juxtaposes religion and money, capitalism and socialism, the old country and givrrs new America, greed and temperance, yezierwka and marriage, men and women, and, the powerful and the powerless. The novel, published inis melodramatic in style. This is a wonderful book that yezieeska American women should read.

The main character is part of a large family that immigrated to America looking for economic opportunity denied to them as Jews in Russia. The father of the family, however, is irresponsible; he cares only for his religious studies and does almost nothing to provide for the well-being of his family.

The daughters must bring in every penny to support the family and the frantic mother, who at first seems such a shallow, stereotyped character, proves to be an amazing woman in how she endures her crazy husband.

One by one, all of the daughters save the youngest have their true loves driven off and are forced to marry men who cozen the father into thinking they are great potential mates. It’s horrible how helpless they are in the face of tradition and their father’s erratic, controlling personality. The youngest won’t stand for it. She breaks free and learns to be a person on her own, without needing a man to define her value. Remember that these people were taught that a woman can’t yezierskq a person, can’t even have prayers answered let alone attain Heaven, without unswerving service to a husband or father, NO MATTER how that husband or father might treat them.

This is such a satisfying book. I understand that all of Yezierska’s books are pretty much this same anzja and that this one tells that story best. If you have an interest in 19th century immigrant culture, New York City history, or just plain enjoy stories yeziefska a woman stands up for herself to make her own way in the world, you’ll love this book.


Give it to a teenage girl who has low self-image or loves to read. Sara Yeaierska will be a great role model for any girl anywhere. No, she isn’t flawless.

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But she is a person among persons! Only get it on your Kindle right away and prepare to read late into the night! One person found this helpful. My college professor had us read this book for class. I found it to be a really quick read as well as actually pretty interesting.

We were required to answer an essay prompt and I easily was able to retain enough about the book to make an A on the essay.

It is interesting to see how the father yeziersla towards women and treat his daughters. I enjoyed reading about Sara as she was trying to “become her own person” givfrs we discussed in class. Ok, I read this book for a book club and although I agree that there are some profound life lessons to tezierska learned and the writing really takes you to that place of living in the Jewish ghetto at fref beginning of the 20th century, but that is not a happy place to be.

The entire book is grim from start to finish, you can almost feel the coating of coal dust and grinding depression, the hopelessness of it. The main character’s father is a despicable person, incredibly selfish and self serving. Good discussion topics, but not really enjoyable. I read this book ania 2 days, staying up until 3 AM. I still don’t know how I feel about it.

Obviously,I couldn’t put it down, but my emotions were all over the place. They ranged from hating the stupidity of the characters to pity.

I am not sure I can even summon up a shred of respect for religious beliefs that make women less than people.

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I really wanted the father to suffer and I didn’t want his daughters ggivers help him. Not very Christian of me – so I’m no better than he was. It is a book that really makes you examine your own beliefs. I read it for my book club and there will be a lot of discussion which may help me sort out my feelings. Don’t read if you like breas feel good stories.

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