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Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
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This is a very poignant story about a father stuck in his old habits and ways while his child is trying to adapt to the new. At times, i truly wanted to understand the father. 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. So what is he to do? He turns to what he knows best, religion. Time and again we see father fail with his religious antics, simultaneously tearing the family apart, and i could sense that he too, knew what he was doing. However, being the only male in the family, he couldn't, no, he didn't want to admit his failures to his family and so, he turned a blind eye to them. If he loses the one and only thing that he thought he could grasp, then what would his life amount to? Probably nothing, at least in the eyes of the father. Sara on the other hand, comes to terms with father's relentless demand for authority, and tries to break free from it. She does succeed in this, but of course, blood is thicker than water, and by the end of the novel, you can see how much she actually cares for her family, and more so her father. She forgives him and starts to accept him for who he is. And really, that's love isn't it? Not trying to change the other person, but acceptance.
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September 21, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 23, 2015 – Shelved

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