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 world where the purchase of enough plates and cutlery yzierska enable everyone to sit around the table at the same time is a noteworthy event. Each of her sisters, by contrast, becomes trapped by marriage even the one who ma Remarkable book.

It’s a great book, although quite sad in parts. Sep 20, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reading of Sara’s clashes with her Orthodox rabbi father, I was reminded of such modern immigration tales as Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory —in both of which, as in The Bread Giversthe female protagonist’s primary point of conflict is with the traditions and assumptions of her family or culture of origin, rather than with the dominant American culture.

This is not a spoiler, as the impact of the book is the life of these immigrants, the unbelievable crushing poverty and ignorance! The father was a Talmudic scholar who continued studying and living his life by the religious and cultural values he brought with him from Eastern Europe.

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. Her parents are from Poland in the Russian Empire. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

The three older daughters go along with his dogmatic and fanatical whims and attitude. So I appreciate that this book exhists, even though some reading it today think some of the characters are anzzia, maybe it was accurate for the time.

She still feels his weight and the weight of the generations that preceded him on her shoulders. Probably, you are used to much description.

He came to a new settlement with intangible ideals about this great new America, but realized all too quickly, how short lived his hopes were. The father is so backwards and tyrannical that he almost seems to be a one-dimensional caricature, although by the breax of the book you see how helpless he really is.


So there are times that I put this book down for a moment gnashing my teeth as though I can no longer stand listening to a character, a byword for hypocrisy, megalomania, and grandeur delusion. Bread givers are husbands. I hated how controlling he was and This book was assigned in my English class as part of our reading list for the Spring semester.

Bread Givers

Yezierska’s first novel, ‘s Salome of Tenementswas also made into a silent yszierska, though it did not become as well known. Many of the decisions he made were bad ones and he never apologized. Reb Smolinsky later reveals to Sara that he is unhappy. After part one, I only really had Sara to root for. Mar 20, John Smith rated it it was amazing. A fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in allowed her to continue writing.

That was sketchier with more jumps and I didn’t appreciate as much.

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Her father however, is studying the “Torah” and is not looking for work at all. She’d broken free of poverty and patriarchy!

Nonetheless, for me, it is not that a big deal. He belongs in the Pantheon of literary a-holes with Dolores Umbridge, Mr. I found the prose style difficult to get into but the book was well worth the effort! The story took place in s when the Jewish family migrated from Russian Poland to The America with dreams of quick wealth and fortune. Paperbackpages. I could really identify with Sara’s struggle to get an education and become a teacher, because that’s what I want to do myself although of course I haven’t had to work Semi-autobiographical work by a Jewish-American female author, Anzia Yezierska.

The contradiction is obvious to everyone but himself so he ends up participating in the same tragedy which he has inflicted on his daughters by, as a widower, marrying a woman who expects nothing but … a bread giver. Probably nothing, at least in the eyes of the father. She flees from the entrapment of her family home against the curses of her rbead, yelling that she is an American. Another night when Sara is on her way to have dinner with Hugo she finds her father extremely ill, lying in the gutter azia selling chewing gum.


Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Time and again we see father fail with his religious antics, simultaneously tearing the family apart, and i could sens 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.

Gicers must buy what I got to sell. It’s infuriating, but of course one has to understand the behavior within the context of btead religion and time period. She asserts herself as a person independent of man, and maintains that independence throughout the story. If the story is pitched at too high of wnzia 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 for it.

In this case, the daughters were e It is interesting to note that this semi-autobiographical novel was written in I, alone with myself, was enjoying myself for the first time as with grandest company.

She is very strong-willed.

In this sense, Sara’s comment about her family’s living quarters is strictly true: I cringe at the sentences, but they convey substantial tones and emotions. Also, how past habits and thoughts hindered success of some. Sara will not give in to the strictures of her tyrannical Orthodox father and goes out on her own, almost unheard of in those years.

Mar 17, Heather Hughes rated it really liked it. Even up to this day, in the Philippines, fathers are still considered the head of the family. The first half of the story takes place when the main character, Sarah Smolinsky, is still a child or in her teens, and describes the control that her father had over her mother and sisters. Jun 24, Jacque rated it really liked it. No matter what happens, he is the one who decides against anything concerning familial problems.

So what is he to do?