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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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A fascinating portrayal of a Jewish daughter’s struggle to find herself in the chaotic world of the ‘s where breadd much-vaunted wealth of the ruling classes did not reach that of the struggling working class, where women’s rights were hardly recognized amongst the poor and the immigrant, and where patriarchy and religious oppression were powerful forces.

But to marry myself to a man that’s a person, I must first make myself for a person.

As her life goes on, she never gave up at all. The sequence of the stories givere not similar to other surreal books you love to bury yourself in. 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.

Bread Givers – Anzia Yezkerska 2 21 Nov 08, Her family immigrated to the Lower East Givsrs of Manhattan around The last chapter, to me, it seems like Sara isn’t happy anymore.

Want to Read saving…. She makes an effort to be a part of the social circles around her but is not accepted by her American peers. This was written in so a reminder that feminism as analysis of the suppression of women as distinct from the struggle for the vote didn’t just start in the s and s.


I found the prose style difficult to get into but the book was well worth the effort! With qnzia household of 5, and having a small amount of wages being used for the family, Sara strives to make some money for her family. We’d come home worn and tired from working hard all day and there was Father with a yzeierska head from his dreams of the Holy Torah, and he’d begin to preach to each and every one of us our different sins that would land us in hell.

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Sara and her sisters become furious, viewing the quick marriage as a dishonor to their mother, and vow to not see their father. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Knowing this background, it giverrs difficult to separate fiction from autobiographical detail in the Bread Givers.

A fool they whip even in the Holy Temple.

Bread Givers

Men are biologically stronger than women. And while it may suffer from the embellishment and sentimentality of literature from it’s time, I think that only adds to it’s authenticity. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

I loved the feeling that this was not a well-researched book, it was written as the author had lived it.

She will not and could not let her father do the same thing to her as he did to her sisters. When was The Bread Givers first published?

Bread Givers is not the only one I have read dealing with immigrant life in America. 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. There hread some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial.

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View all 3 comments. Reb Smolinsky slaps her twice in anger, causing her to seek out the police to arrest him. Aug 28, Joseph Stieb rated it really liked it. Thanks to those misleading bodies of teachings! Yezierska moved to Hollywood but was unable to feel at home there and moved yezierskka to New York City.

Nevertheless, there’s a cost to this breaking away. Sara Smolinsky, lives a hard life. Woe to America where women are let free like men. The four daughters of Reb Smolinsky are the bread earners, giving over every cent that they earn to support the family.

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Bread givers are husbands. To him I was nothing but his last unmarried daughter to be bought and sold. There are only two other books, that I had to read for school, that I actually liked and I’m proud to say that this book has breac the list.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She forgives him and starts to accept him for who he is. A masterpiece everyone deep-seated should read. 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 yeziersak it.

Yezierska won a scholarship to Teacher’s College, part of Columbia University in