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The Promised Land by Mary Antin
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Feb 03, 12

Read from January 17 to February 03, 2012

*This book actually has a 1.5 star rating!!!

The biggest problems with ths book are that it is bogged down with endless descriptions that are tedious to read, and it contains little to no dialoge. Mary Antin fashions her memoir after her memories, which contain interior monologues. I woulnd't mind this if Antin's life was actually interesting, but it's not. There is no action; there is no defining moment in her life; there is no revelation...this account is simply uninspired. The plot in a nutshell: Mary lives in Russia as a Jew; her parents decide to move to America to provide a better future for their children; Antin comes to America and falls in love with books and natural history; she becomes very proud of her education, and consequently her country. Surely, there are more powerful immigrant narratives out there...
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