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Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
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Oct 23, 07

bookshelves: exam-reading, judaism, novels
Recommended for: possibly, my future students
Read in October, 2007

I am working my way through 4 novels and memoirs, all recommended by one of my examiners, all dealing with immigrant Jewish girlhood. This one is about a family of women, under the tyranny of a father who studies Torah rather than working and gives away whatever money comes the family's way, either to charity or in poorly thought out business deals. The narrator is the youngest daughter, the only one who is truly determined to break free. As a result, you only see the father from her perspective and he comes across as a buffoon rather than as a great scholar. That said, I was utterly sympathetic to her point of view.

Again, exam reading and therefore not rated.

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