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User Review  - quondame - LibraryThing

Not a fun read, an American Jewish novel of young fearful 7-8 year old boy in a relentlessly misogynistic environment, only the mother is good, though her past is shaded, all other encounters with ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A haunting story of childhood trauma and depression. Roth succeeds in recreating what it's like growing up and not always understanding everything we witness. Also vividly portrays life in New York as an immigrant. Read full review

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Growing up in an immigrant family in New York. A very good read which leads to an understanding of how our ancestors lived in an alien culture and became assimilated into the fabric of America. Read full review

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User Review  - ffortsa - LibraryThing

This is a classic story of immigrants, people who take the chance of not only a new country but a new way of life. Albert has come to New York City from rural eastern Europe, and when the book opens ... Read full review

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User Review  - selfcallednowhere - LibraryThing

It took me awhile to get into this book, but I think that was mostly because I was having a very hard time concentrating on it at first. Once I did I got *very* into it--I read the whole last 300 ... Read full review

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User Review  - pnorman4345 - LibraryThing

The central character in this novel is David the son of a couple that has immigrated to the US from Austria in the early part of the 20th century. They first live in Brownsville and then moved to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

The novel tells the story of a child arrived in the slums of New York in 1907, raised by immigrant Polish Jews. Through David's eyes, his father becomes suspicious of him. His warm-hearted mother is also isolated, by language. The boy scuttles through the streets like a frightened animal. Read full review

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User Review  - VictoriaNH - LibraryThing

Interesting novel about the immigrant experience in 1900s NY. However, it was hard to read a mix of Yiddish, Hebrew and street english. Overly long and I started skipping towards the end as nothing much happens. Read full review

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

Such a fascinating study of Jewish immigrants to the US in the early 1900's. What a shame it was marred with an obsession with sex. There's a reason I stopped watching Woody Allen movies after he ... Read full review

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User Review  - lxydis - LibraryThing

more like "go to sleep" Read full review


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