The Promised Land
Interweaving introspection with political commentaries, biography with history, The Promised Land (1912) brings to life the transformation of an East European Jewish immigrant into an American citizen. Mary Antin recounts "the process of uprooting, transportation, replanting, acclimitization, and development that took place in my own soul," and reveals the impact of a new culture and new standards of behavior on her family. A feeling of divisions—between Russia and America, Jews and Gentiles, Yiddish and English—ever-present in her narrative, is balanced by insights, amusing and serious, into ways to overcome them. In telling the story of one person, The Promised Land illuminates the lives of hundreds of thousands.
This Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition includes eighteen black-and-white photographs from the book's first edition and reprints for the first time Antin's essay "How I wrote The Promised Land."
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Review: The Promised LandUser Review - Chaim Rube - Goodreads
Fascinating insight into the of life an immigrant from the pale of settlement in Russia to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. A poignant perspective of the Jewish-American ... Read full review
Review: The Promised LandUser Review - Kate - Goodreads
In the tradition of memoir the author tells the story of her Eastern European Jewish families emigration from the "pale" of Russia to Boston at the turn of the past century. Her language is ... Read full review