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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That is a tale of New York’s old Jewish community from roughly a century ago.

Books by Anzia Yezierska. Sara’s father thought that he had to do what he did because of his religion and the fact that he is a rabbi made it more important.

Also, how past habits and thoughts hindered success of some.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Aug 10, Geek Lee rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The professor recommended it highly and told the class that it was a good read and that we would all find ourselves absorbed in the book once we got into it. Jul brfad, Becky rated it it was amazing.

Proving that certain men are nothing without women. In the “Women’s Wear Daily” an ad called Jews Donating Textile Shops to Kin Abroad giverz Jewish-American immigrants to donate money or textiles to support the cause of enabling home-town folk to earn a living all year round. He turns to what he knows best, religion. However, it is not that way for Breae Smolinsky.

After the first chapter I was hooked. Once the transaction of the bargain is completed, Reb Smolinsky, his wife, and Sara discovery that most of the stock in the store was fake and that they were swindled by the prior owner. As is often typical of ultra- religious families, women are subjugated to the rules of male dominance.


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

Later that year she married Arnold Levitas, but the two quarreled often over money and housework. 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.

Their spirits and hearts broken, they are married off to men that Reb Smolinsky, unwise in the ways of the world, chooses. If only there had been more of this and less of the father, hahaha! The father is so backwards and tyrannical that he almost seems to be a one-dimensional caricature, although by the end of the book you see how helpless he really is.

Another night when Sara is on her way to have dinner with Hugo she finds her anza extremely ill, lying in the gutter and selling chewing gum.

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This is not a spoiler, as the impact of the book is the life of these immigrants, the unbelievable crushing poverty and ignorance! Nov 08, Sharyn rated it really liked it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yezerska again I see much of my own family in the enabled, manipulative, and yet dependent father.

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It’s nearly impossible to comprehend a father sending his kids out to work and bring home every penny to him, while he sits at home reading his religious books. 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. In addition to Bread GiversYezierska wrote a number of other books.

The Long Way to Independence: The girls were rarely free for individual pleasures or to choose prospective husbands. Breead remembered the littlest fault of each and every one of us, from the time we were born. With a household of 5, and having a small amount of wages being used for the family, Sara strives to make some money for her family.


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

Sara, for example, manages to win over her initially aloof professors and college classmates, but making peace with her own father is much more challenging. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

Sarah’s struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. A fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in allowed her to continue writing.

Woe to America where women are let free like men. Mar 17, Heather Hughes rated it really liked it.

Reb Smolinsky explains he does not have the money. There’s a palpable hunger in Bread Giversthe hunger yeizerska the flesh and the soul. After her aznia death, her father remarries, but learns that his new wife, the widow Mrs. It says in the Torah, Breed and multiply. Describing “Bread Givers” as emotionally impacting and revealing of a traditional strict father and a young assimilating daughter yearning for success.

There were some sad moments, but I found it to be a happy story until the very last chapter. So all you have to do is shut your mouth and live with intestinal fortitude.

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