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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Describing “Bread Givers” as emotionally impacting and revealing of a traditional strict father and a young assimilating daughter yearning for success. Everywhere Mashah went men followed her with melting looks.

In addition to Bread GiversYezierska wrote a number of other books. I was proud that she rebelled against her dad and never gave up on finding a future for herself without needing a man’s help.

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I was reminded of my own grandfather who had as much fault in his own death as the diabetes and strokes that were listed on his death certificate, the same sense of imperial entitlement.

Having to live in a poor family and a father that doesn’t work due to his “learning”, she decides to live her Sara Smolinsky, lives a hard life. Consequently, we peoples in the world tend to be incorrigible. Laughter and light footsteps broke in upon my dark thoughts. Her eyes followed his shining eyes as he talked.

I celebrated when she sees through the guise of the predatory suitor, I laugh knowingly as she falls for improbable crushes and I enjoy her triumphant completion of college and return to New York as a teacher. And yet he had none of the aloof dignity of a superior. On the corner of the most crowded part of Hester Street I stood myself with my pail of herring. I really loved it.


Your opinions and suggestions will just go in the ear and out the other. A true story of contention and strife! Pick them out yourself. The freshness of these men! The fact that this book was written in the ‘s and that it was not immediately recognized as a masterpiece of literary work, says much about American society in the turn of the twentieth century. Although she took a job as a social worker for Hebrew Charities in San Francisco, Yezierska was unable to support her daughter as a single mother and was forced to send her to live with her father.

Holding all her anger in as she watches each one of her sister fall into the traps of their father, Sara plans to make a stop. Her resolution with her father and stepmother left me a bit confused, perhaps I am a bit too hard. I loved the feeling that this was not a well-researched book, it was written as the author had lived it.

To ask other readers questions about Bread Giversplease sign up. One look at her, and I knew she had not yet found work. We pasted down the floppy wall paper, and on the worst part of the wall, where the plaster was cracked and full of holes, we hung up calendars and pictures from the Sunday newspapers.

His little fingers scratched his mop of red curls in puzzlement. We watched Father bite into the sour pickle which was special for him only; and waited, trembling with hunger, for our portion. 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 giveds the family.

Little red threads burned out of Father’s eyes. Of course, we all knew that if God had given Mother a son, Father would have permitted a man child to share with him his best room in the house. Published August 1st gvers Persea first published I must see you. brrad

In the “Women’s Wear Daily” an ad called Jews Donating Textile Shops to Kin Abroad encourages Jewish-American immigrants to donate money or textiles to support the cause of enabling home-town folk to earn a living all year round. Yezierska immigrated as a young girl with her family to the United States in the early s. I’m willing to give up all my earthly needs for the wine of Heaven with you. 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.


During the s in news publications many ads were published encouraging Jewish immigrants with ties to their native home to donate and help Jewish workers in Europe receive a stable income.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

She makes an effort to be a part of the social circles around her but is not accepted by her American peers. Braed reads as fresh and possibly as scandalously as it did in All the time that you were wasting yourself waiting to get in, I walled myself through the stores, to look for a trimming for my hat. When Mashah walked braed the street in her everyday work dress that was cut from the same goods and bought from the same pushcart like the rest of us, it looked different on her.

Always Father was throwing up to Bred that she had borne him no son to be an honour to his days and to say prayers for him when he died. Men are superior to women. Preview — Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska.

There was Aby Zuker, the brightest eleven-year-old boy in my class of fifty.