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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Th A fascinating look into the experience of a first-generation American immigrant, torn between the familial pull of the Old World and the opportunities available in a vibrant New York. I longed for the close, human touch of life again.

W This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. She was no more one of us than the painted lady looking down from the calendar on the wall. Given these initial reactions, though, there are a few things that distinguish The Bread Givers from other versions of the “immigrant experience novel.

You’ll see yet how all America will come to my feet to learn. Sep 07, Nick rated it liked it.

After her mother’s death, her father remarries, but learns that his new wife, the widow Mrs. Why didn’t I feel as I had supposed this superior creature felt? Sara Smolinsky, lives a hard life.

Bread Givers

We were singing with him: To view it, click here. Discover Education Programs Join our growing community of educators. I can’t walk the street without a million eyes after me. It was either to eat on the floor, or for me the job of cleaning off the junk pile three times a day. She was so smart in keeping her things in perfect order that she could push out her box from under the bed in the middle of the dark night and know exactly where to put her hand to find her thin lace collar, or her handkerchief, or even her little beauty pin for the neck of her shirtwaist.


But my books, my holy books always were, and always will be, the light of the world.

With her controlling and old world like father, Sara struggles to gain independence. 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. Bbread woman without a man is less than nothing. From his drooping figure I turned, laughing, to the class.

Giver way the author describes their father made me really dislike him. This book has many description that made me think as if I was living with Sara. She became pregnant yeziers,a and went to live with her sister on the West Coast, where she came to think of herself as a spokesperson for Jewish immigrants. I hear her desire to stretch her wings to their greatest span and to live without imposed restraints of social obligation, because that is what it means to be free to live as you will.

He uses it to deny his daughters marriages for love, views them as earners supporting his holding up the givefs of the Torah and basically sells them off.


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

I went on peeling the potatoes, but I no more knew what my hands were doing. How could I give them milk when my own breasts were empty? My own daughter, living in the same house with us, asking, ‘Why did the landlady come? Rage flamed from his eyes as he thundered at me, stamping his feet. Heaven and the next world were only for men.

But her heart was big with giving all the time from the little she had. No matter what happens, he is the one who decides against anything concerning familial problems.

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

Was something wrong with my brwad The keen, kind, gray eyes. Seelig’s special hobbies was English pronunciation, and since I was new to the work, he would come in sometimes to see how I was getting on.

In the “Women’s Wear Daily” an ad called Jews Donating Textile Shops to Kin Abroad encourages Jewish-American immigrants givrrs donate money or textiles to support the cause of enabling home-town folk to earn a living all year round.

Into this thick sadness, Mashah came, beautiful and smiling, like a doll from a show window. In other words, American culture offers her an outlet from her more oppressive cultural background.

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