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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However, be ready for the character of Mr. 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. She dropped on the bench by the sink and turned her head to the wall.

The rent collector demands the two months of past-due rent while Reb Smolinsky recites a hymn. I said it before, but it stands repeating: I got to bring in money if nobody is working. Describing “Bread Givers” as emotionally impacting and revealing of a traditional strict father and a young assimilating daughter yearning for success.

To Reb Smolinsky, this means allying his family with others further up the social ladder: She was no more one of us than the painted lady looking down from the calendar on the wall.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

When the Good Angel put down for them their wine, their table shook so that half of it was spilled. After her mother’s death, her father remarries, but learns that his new wife, the widow Mrs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sometimes my task seemed almost hopeless. I’ll give it to you.


Then you’ll have money givvers rent! 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. I really loved it. Yezierska married Jacob Gordon, but she left him the day after the ceremony. From his drooping figure I turned, laughing, to the class.

We scrubbed the front room as for a holiday. 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.

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.

May 17, Ashley rated it really liked it. With excited fingers beead pinned pink paper roses under the brim. What a long way I had to go yet before I could become so wholly absorbed in my work as he.

Seelig himself, who had quietly entered the room and stood enjoying the performance. 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.

The meal was forgotten as he began: I felt only the dark hurt of her weary eyes. He brought it to his wife, and said: While much progress has been made since the inception of Women’s Lib, we still have further to go and many women continue to suffer in patriarchal societies.

And his ragged satin coat from Europe made him look as if he just stepped out of the Bible. Sara, for example, has moments of admiration for her father’s dedication to his Torah studies, but he is largely incapable of admiration for her own drive to educate herself, let alone of respecting her on her own terms.


Mashah came home with stories that in rich people’s homes they had silver knives and forks, separate, for each person. And when I wouldn’t let him, still he followed me.

I was burning up inside me with my herring to sell.

It began singing in my heart, the music of the whole Hester Street. After attending elementary scho Date of Birth: You shall have your wish.

I already saw all our things kicked out on the sidewalk like a pile of junk. An Historical Encyclopediapp.

Bread Givers

I can totally relate to this story. This book made me think of how culture can affect a person and why they act this way. When Mother begged only to take along her pot for gefulte fish, and the two feather beds that were handed down to her from her grandmother for her wedding presents, Father wouldn’t let her.

Mar 20, John Smith rated it it was amazing. He turns to what he knows best, religion. This is, yezieeska course, also true of many immigrant tales with male protagonists Chaim Potok’s The Chosen leaps to mindbut I wonder if it’s a more common theme in those centering around women.

Anzia Yezierska, I take my hat off to you. He went on chanting: