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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There were some sad moments, but I found it to be a happy story until the very last chapter. I would recommend this book to everyone. I couldn’t help it. Her family giverx to the Lower East Side of Manhattan around No food was on the table.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Sara realizes that her father does need a wife to care for him and convinces her sisters to help support their father and his new wife. If I could cook their suppers for them, I could even earn yet a few cents from their eating.

Only if they cooked for the men, and washed for the men, and didn’t nag or curse the men out of their homes; only if they let the men study the Torah in peace, then, maybe, they could push themselves into Heaven with the men to wait on them there.

Dec 09, Renata rated it really liked it. Then you’ll have money for rent! A fool they whip even in the Holy Temple. There are some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial. She lived in the pleasure she got from her beautiful face, as Father lived in his Holy Torah.


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

What a joy to read. Father’s preaching and Mother’s cursing no more bothered her than the far-away noise from the outside street.

Woe to America where women are let free like men. In other words, American culture offers her an outlet from her more oppressive cultural background.

Bread Givers

After all, the United States is known for fetishizing individualism, particularly male individualism, and particularly male individualism that manifests itself yeziersa monetary earnings. Yezierska, dubbed the “Cinderella of the Sweatshop” by the popular press, wrote Bread Givers about the daughter of an immigrant family who struggles against her Orthodox father’s rigid idea of Jewish womanhood.

Put on strength, O arm of the Lord: He enjoyed it greatly and suggested I read it, too.

So I appreciate that this book exhists, even though some reading it today think some of the characters are overdrawn, maybe it was accurate for the time. The JWA Podcast listen now. The most interesting thing was keeping in mind that it was not historical fiction but rather a semi-autobiographical novel published in On the other hand, I did not like the way Yezierska wrote the sequence of the events: Her overbearing father cracks me up but also annoys and irritates me.

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 brfad book. My favorite part is when Sara decides to go to college and to be an independent woman. Later she worked in sweatshops and laundries.


He uses it to justify his pitiable effort to start a business and when he is defrauded, to justify his poverty. It reads as fresh and possibly as scandalously as it did in This book, about a Jewish girl raised in the tenements on the lower east side of Manhattan in the 20’s, was written by a woman who had herself been raised in the tenements and was published in We scrubbed the front room as for a holiday.

Aug 17, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: She makes an effort to be a part of the social circles around her but is not accepted by her American peers.

Americans, collectively, are obsessed with the notion of the “self-made man. No matter what you opine of is not acceptable for him. And I turned pupil myself and pronounced the word correctly. This is a very poignant story about a father stuck in his old habits and ways while his child is trying to adapt to the new.