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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Sep 23, nicole rated it really liked it. She had little interest in domestic studies, for which her scholarship was granted, and she felt inferior to the American students at the school. Trivia About Bread Givers.

Second, she is not accepted by most other Americans, especially in college, because they can see her impoverished immigrant background. It’s said to be heavily autobiographical, and that’s easy to believe. He remembered the littlest fault of each and every one of us, from the time we were born. Rage flamed from his eyes as he thundered at me, stamping his feet. Rejected, she decides to focus on her studies.

Kessler-Harris uses the adjective “powerful” to describe the writing style, and it was appropriate. Yezierska returned to the east in but could only find part-time teaching jobs.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Despite my utter secularism, I must say that the value placed on textual study and reasoned, informed argument is something I find pretty inspirational about the tradition of Judaism. No matter what you opine of is not acceptable for him. Yezierxka 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.

If you happen to be a girl, he will turn your face black and blue with his iron palm.

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The past is ever present, no fivers how hard we try to leave it behind. Bread Givers is not the only one I have read dealing with immigrant life in America.


Yezierska married Jacob Gordon, but she left him the day after the ceremony. Reb Smolinsky’s self-satisfied assumption that he deserves to live off the sweat of his wife and daughters, while the only way he contributes to their spiritual well-being is to berate them with self-serving aphorisms, is therefore undeniably horrifying to me, as it becomes to Sara herself.

I can’t imagine you can.

Men are biologically stronger than women. Jun 19, Pamela rated it it was amazing. Nov 24, Lorri rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska. Jul 17, Shira Reiss rated it really liked it. At times, i truly yeezierska to understand the father.

Not trying to change the other person, brezd acceptance.

Mar 20, John Smith rated it it was amazing. Sara never gave up and still tried to make the best of her life without her father always nagging her. But now, it reminds me of how far American women have come in the last years, how hard those battles were, and what a threat fundamentalist men still are to our well-being. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So all you have to do is shut your mouth and live with intestinal fortitude. Every scene tends to carry me away.

In anger, the rent collector slams the Torah shut, causing the book to fall at her feet. There are some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial.

We can express our disappointment in human ignorance through literature. This is the real life immigrant story, and quite amazing to me. Sara and her breas miss the close support of the community of women from the New York City tenements. 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.


There was romantic interest between ajzia two, which he ended by taking a three year lecture tour in the Far East. He then berates his entire family on a regular basis telling them how lucky they are for yeziersja such a devout father. She gets an education and goes to college!! There’s a palpable hunger in Bread Giversthe hunger of the flesh and the soul.

This book has many description that made me think as if I was living with Sara. The three older daughters go along with his dogmatic and fanatical whims and attitude. 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.

The Yezierska family their surname was Americanized to Mayer by immigration officials arrived here in the early s.

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. He decides to purchase the store without his wife’s opinion, despite her pleading to go with him to make the deal. 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 nearly as hard.

This book was assigned reading as part of a course on immigration policy within the US. Sara, the youngest daughter, breaks free of her father to pursue her dreams for education.

Sara breaks up with Max and decides to focus solely on givres studies.