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ISBN13: 9780374522926
ISBN10: 0374522928
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When Henry Roth published Call It Sleep, his first novel, in 1934, it was greeted with critical acclaim. But in that dark Depression year, books were hard to sell, and the novel quickly dropped out of sight, as did its twenty-eight-year-old author. Only with its paperback publication in 1964 did the novel receive the recognition it deserves. Call It Sleep was the first paperback ever to be reviewed on the front page of The New York Times Book Review, and it proceeded to sell millions of copies both in the United States and around the world.

About the Author

Henry Roth (1906-1995) was born in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galitzia. He probably landed on Ellis Island in 1909 and began his life in New York on the Lower East Side, in the slums where Call It Sleep is set. He is the author as well of Shifting Landscapes, a collection of essays, and Mercy of a Rude Stream.

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Jeane, June 4, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
A vividly painted experience of Jewish immigration in the early 1900's. It is told through the eyes of a young boy, encompassing several years of his childhood as he navigates the streets and gangs of a poor New York neighborhood, the stifling cheder where he learns the Hebrew of his heritage, and the tumult of his family life (his father paranoid and violent, his mother meek and secretive). One of the great things about this novel is its use of language and dialect: Yiddish, English, street slang, Hebrew and Polish are all presented in different ways to give the flavor and feeling of being surrounded by so many languages; especially for a child who cannot understand them all. I've never read another book that more eloquently depicts what it is like inside the mind of a child. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374522926
Subtitle:
A Novel
Afterword:
Wirth-Nesher, Hana
Author:
Wirth-Nesher, Hana
Author:
Kazin, Alfred
Author:
Roth, Henry
Introduction:
Kazin, Alfred
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Jewish way of life
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Jewish way of life -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 461-462.
Series Volume:
no. 165
Publication Date:
19920101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.88 x 4.84 x 1.24 in
Age Level:
Coming of Age

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