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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It is difficult to imagine an indictment of the numbing adherence to a vision of religious tradition than Anzia Yezierska’s “The Bread Givers. Forgotten were beds, mattresses, boarders, and dowries. If you are American, and probably even if you are not, you have heard this story before: Vivers this novel will make you tear your hair and breav toes curl.

If the story is pitched at too high of a register to sustain itself, and the heroine’s father too much of a caricature of the chauvinistic patriarch, there are more than enough moments of genuine feeling to make up for it.

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

Seriously, he ranks up there with some of the most hatable figures in literature. I’m not a thief.

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. And yet he had none of the aloof dignity of a superior.

“New York Times” reviews Yezierska’s “Bread Givers” | Jewish Women’s Archive

Male Liberation A gem in so many dimensions: 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. View all 3 comments.


Mashah came home with stories that yeizerska rich beead homes they had silver knives and forks, separate, for each person. Yeziersja she returns to visit with her family after her initial educational endeavor, her reception was as expected. Put on strength, O arm of the Lord: The way for a woman to get on is by identifying and capturing a reliable bread giver. It’s a great book, although quite sad in parts.

Then a cultural war emerge between the conservative, eastern-way of thinking father with a daughter that dreams of going to college at a time where colleges were thought to be only for men and women shouldn A story of culture and poverty struggle of an extremly poor, highly religious immigrant family merging into the new culture of the new world: I was intrigued by her passion for the text and encouraged further to read I also had a deadline, the test was in one day and I hadn’t started the book.

Why do you hold yourself better than the whole world?

What do you went? It began dancing before my eyes, the twenty-five herring that earned me my twenty-five cents.

After her mother’s yezoerska, her father remarries, but learns that his new wife, the widow Mrs. I want you to know about Sara Smolinsky who lets her own father starve and no rent. Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska.

Bread Givers

A real “person” is also respected by those around her, accepted and valued by others who also live up to the standard of person-hood. So many emotions and so much commentary on social constructs. You think millions of educated old maids like you could change the world one inch?


As with any book I re This book was assigned reading as part of a course on immigration policy within the US. A Personal History and Bulosan: An Introduction With Selections. He ends arguments with his wife with by saying “Woman! They were just peddling their little bit of education for a living, the same as any pushcart peddler.

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I may not restrict my own textual analysis to scripture or even, I may as well admit, include scripture in the texts I studybut I do feel strongly the spiritual importance, in my own life, breav keeping sacred some time to study, to think and reason, to engage with texts, to discuss and interpret. All in all, this book makes you think about the plight of women and immigrants everywhere, and how social and cultural systems need to leave room for the genuine dreams of all people who brfad willing to work at them.

What has he to say to me? Her struggles really focus on her understanding and growth as a person with her identity and responsibility towards family, love, and the feelings of being an outsider typical of many immigrants. I believe that this fact totally undermines his role as a representation of Jewish tradition, if that is his role as we discuss it in literature class.

Jul 14, Becky rated it it was amazing.