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. Anzia Yezierska’s best-known novel, Bread Givers, received a glowing review in the New York Times on September 13, Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.
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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. Sarah’s struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share.
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. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.
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Sep 20, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: Male Liberation A gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto-feminist masterpiece, a profoundly moving documentary about the true cost of immigrant-assimilation, a charming remembrance of Yiddish-American dialect.
It reads as fresh and possibly as scandalously as it did in Bread givers are husbands. Bread givi Male Liberation A gem in so many dimensions: Bread giving is what men not only do, it is their primary quality as human beings. It is what they should be valued for in the American culture as seen so accurately by those entering the culture from abroad.
The way for a woman to get on is by identifying and capturing a reliable bread giver. The fact that this tactic most often ends in personal tragedy is not so much the fault of the patently faulty men involved but of the culture which seems to demand that this is their primary role.
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 most particularly that man who dominates the 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.
The contradiction is obvious to everyone but himself so he ends up participating in the same tragedy which he has inflicted on his daughters by, as a widower, marrying a woman who expects nothing but … a bread giver.
Women are still considered second-class members of the human race by a large portion of the population, largely with biblical witness for support. The idea that a man could possibly waste his life in spiritual activity which, somehow, his family should fund is incomprehensible except in those orthodox Jewish communities that still seek to emulate the shtetl in America.
View all 3 comments. Anza 03, Joey rated it really liked it. Even up to this day, in the Philippines, fathers are still considered the head of the family. No matter what happens, he is the one who decides against anything concerning familial problems.
It is neither the mother nor the eldest child. It is just him none other than anyone else in the family.
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There are some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial. No matter what you opine of is not acceptable for him. Your opinions and suggestions will just go in the ear and out th Even up to this day, in the Philippines, fathers are still considered the head of the family. Your opinions and suggestions will just go in the ear and out the other.
He imposes draconian rules whether you like them or not. So all you have to do is shut your mouth and live with intestinal fortitude. Otherwise, he will hurl abuse at you, or if you are a son, he will make a man of you by punching you in the chest or stomach.
He will redden your ass with his flagellant belt. If you happen to be a girl, he will turn your face black and blue with his iron palm. Do I aznia exaggerated? Take it for granted if you are in the same boat. I guess you understand what I am talking about. If you remonstrate with me, well, luckily, you never have this kind of father.
As a social vread student, I have learned that the common reasons why a man is perceived to be the head of the house are based on distorted culture molded by ancient teachings particularly such as of Confucianism and Christianity.
Men are superior to women. Men are biologically stronger than women. So with these patterns of learned ideas, we learn that we, I mean youshould pay homage to us men. Thanks to those misleading bodies of teachings! We are always put on the pedestal.
Consequently, we peoples in the world tend to be incorrigible. No wonder brsad is no world peace. The good thing is we are creatures of human expression.
We can express our disappointment in human ignorance through literature. A masterpiece everyone deep-seated should anxia. She may have been one of those immigrants, along with her family, escaped the pogrom in Russia and was stopped at Ellis island from entering the US when the American President was still in the air whether it should adopt the immigrants or not.
One thing I am cocksure about Yezierska: As an immigrant, she went through the pressures of American dream in New York where she and her family ventured in to survive. So this novel will make you tear your hair and your toes curl.
The sequence of the stories is not similar to other surreal books you love to bury yourself in. Anzis scene is so fast that you will end up in a hanging position as if you want to read more at full length.
Probably, you are used to much description. Nonetheless, for me, it is not that a big deal. So, amidst of reading it, I predict that the ending of the story could be like a-happily-ever-after denouement. However, as the story goes vivers, the more foolishly hivers the story becomes until I come to the point that it might be a disappointing story after all. On the other hand, I did ydzierska like the way Yezierska wrote the sequence of the events: The hallmark of this book is its quotable and witty dialogues.
You can be serious about the philosophical dialogues among the characters, but you will breaad up finding them funny. However, be ready for the character of Mr. You might go mad at him that you might feel like engaging him in a debate over religion and life. So there are times that I put this book down for a moment gnashing my teeth as though I can no longer stand listening to a character, a byword for hypocrisy, megalomania, and grandeur delusion.
Another highlight of the book is the grammar structures of the sentences.
I cringe at the sentences, but they convey substantial tones and emotions. I am predisposed to anger, annoyance, and empathy, so I am no bothered at them at all. Every scene tends to carry me away. Bread Givers is not the only one I have read dealing with immigrant life in America. A Personal History and Bulosan: An Introduction With Selections. All of these books rbead the same concept: No wonder reading just the likes of them have a significance impact upon readers like ydzierska.
View all 4 comments. May 30, Valerie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Young Women, College Students. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I really enjoyed her writing style. I felt connected to her characters and love the plot.
I can totally relate to this story.