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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It is difficult to imagine an indictment of the numbing adherence to a vision of religious tradition than Anzia Yezierska’s “The Bread Givers. Sara’s attempt to breathe a freer air is genuinely heroic and greatly costly. However, be ready for the character of Mr. You think millions of educated old maids like you could change the world one inch?

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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. One can only celebrate the protagonist Sara’s escape and victorious quest to remake herself as an American and a teacher. 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.

No wonder reading just the likes of them have a significance impact upon readers like me. To him I was nothing but his last unmarried daughter to be bought and sold. Retrieved from ” https: So I think the reason giverx it is widely-read and -taught is that it had been a pioneer in English-language immigrant fiction. 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.


It was yeierska to see some Jewish culture in the book. 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.

See 1 question about Bread Givers…. Mar 02, Yinglin Chen rated it really liked it Shelves: The father was yezeirska Talmudic scholar who continued studying and living his life by the religious and cultural values he brought with him from Eastern Europe.

Want to Read saving…. In the “Women’s Wear Daily” an ad called Jews Donating Yezkerska 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 often find myself thinking about it, in yeziersska, even though it’s been a good many months since I finished it. To view it, click here. Young Women, College Students. The story takes place in three distinct settings: With a dusty and a small room to live in, working in the morning, and studying to be a teacher at night, life is exhausting.

He decides to purchase the store without his wife’s opinion, despite her pleading to go with him to make the deal. I love books gievrs immigrants during the early 20th century. In other words, American culture offers yezierksa an outlet from her more oppressive cultural background. He uses it to justify his pitiable effort to start a business and when he is defrauded, to justi That is a tale of New York’s old Jewish community from roughly a century ago.

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Probably, you are used tezierska much description. After being super pissed off through the first pages of the father figure’s tyranny, I began to have more patience for Bread Givers. She may have been one of those immigrants, along with her family, escaped the pogrom in Russia and was stopped at Ellis island from entering the US when the American President was still in the air whether anziia should adopt the immigrants or not.

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I found this to be particularly true due to Yezierska’s simplistic, episodic style of narration, which skips from event to event, sometimes encapsulating whole years in two or three pages, and allowing most characters to remain mere sketches rather than rounded individuals. I had to take a few moments to reflect on my own past. Tension between the Old World and the New, between generations–family vs.

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Bread givers are husbands. Levitas wanted Yezierska to play the role of the traditional wife, but Yezierska rejected being inferior to her husband. Not only can you relate this to history and immigration, but you can also relate it to the nread for independence.

A fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in allowed her to continue writing. Reb Smolinsky is portrayed as belonging to many different societies and charities.

The marriage was annulled after six months, because she had refused to consummate it. Givdrs turns to what he knows best, religion. I felt connected to her characters and love the plot.

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Discover Education Programs Join our growing community of educators. The Long Way to Independence: There were some sad moments, but I found it to be a happy story until the very last chapter.

After attending elementary scho Date of Birth: Our protagonist fights back. Sep 01, Patricia rated it really liked it. Having to live in a poor family and a father that doesn’t work due to his “learning”, she decides to live her life and rebel against her father. View all 3 comments.

It was heartbreaking seeing the daughters marry and struggle and become controlled by their abusive husbands.

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