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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He refuses to let them marry for love. An Introduction With Selections.

During college, she had to work in a laundry to pay for expenses not covered in the scholarship. 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. Sara’s attempt to breathe a freer air is genuinely heroic and greatly costly.

Anzia, the youngest of nine children, left school ajzia two years to help support her family. Reb Smolinsky later reveals to Sara that he is unhappy. The narrative seems to be written in a naive Yiddish-inflected English The way the author describes their father made me really dislike him.

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Reb Smolinsky explains he does not have the money. This is a book of struggle. Return to Book Page. The contradiction is obvious to everyone but himself so he ends up participating in the same tragedy which he has inflicted on his givets by, as a widower, marrying a woman who expects nothing but … a yezierskx giver.


She gets an education, becomes a teacher, marries, and eventually reconciles with anzka father. When little Sara goes in search of herring to re-sell cheaply, she insists on paying for them: As a Torah scholar, he expected to be supported instead of working for a living. Open Preview See a Problem? The idea that a man could possibly waste his life in spiritual activity which, somehow, his family should fund is incomprehensible except in those orthodox Jewish communities that still seek to emulate the shtetl in America.

Do I sound exaggerated? Skip to main content. To him I was nothing but his last unmarried daughter to be bought and sold.

Reading of Sara’s clashes with her Orthodox rabbi father, I was reminded of such modern immigration tales as Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory —in both of which, as in The Bread Giversthe female protagonist’s primary point of conflict is with the traditions and assumptions of her family or culture of origin, rather than with the dominant American culture.

W This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. 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.

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. Another highlight of the book is the grammar structures gigers the sentences. In this sense, Sara’s comment about her family’s living quarters is strictly true: I cringe at the sentences, but they convey substantial tones and emotions.


From happiness to sadness, anger to calmness. Sara depicts Elizabeth, New Jersey, differently as a more rural community based on an agricultural economy.

It is a coming of age story, of the youngest of four daughters, breaad through her narration. The second half of the book is after Sarah leaves home.

Bread Givers

She did not begin creative writing untilwhen she was about 28, but she published her first story two years later in Forum Magazine. Otherwise, he will hurl abuse at you, or if you are a son, he will make a man of you by punching you in the chest or stomach. Yezierska portrays so well the toxic effect that an overbearing and yezietska fundamentalist father jezierska on his wife and daughters, blunting and destroying their chances for personal and professional success and happiness.