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Call It Sleep

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When Henry Roth published his debut novel Call It Sleep in 1934, it was greeted with considerable critical acclaim though, in those troubled times, lackluster sales. Only with its paperback publication thirty years later did this novel receive the recognition it deserves — and still enjoys. Having sold-to-date millions of copies worldwide, Call It Sleep is the magnificent story of David Schearl, the “dangerously imaginative” child coming of age in the slums of New York.

Review:

"One of the few genuinely distinguished novels written by a twentieth-century American." Irving Howe, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Arguably the most distinguished work of fiction ever written about immigrant life....Surely the most lyrically authentic novel in American literature about a young boys coming to consciousness." Lis Harris, The New Yorker

Review:

"Roth has done for the East Side Jew what James T. Farrell is doing for the Chicago Irish in the Studs Lonigan trilogy....When his characters are speaking pure Yiddish, Roth translates it into great beauty....The final chapters in the book have been compared to the Nighttown episodes of Joyces Ulysses; the comparison is apt." John Chamberlain, The New York Times

Synopsis:

Roth's first novel, published in 1934, has sold millions of copies worldwide. Call it Sleep is the story of David Schearl, the dangerously imaginative child coming of age in the slums of New York, one of the preeminent American immigration narratives of our time.

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 the Mercy of a Rude Stream tetralogy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312424121
Author:
Roth, Henry
Publisher:
Picador
Introduction by:
Kazin, Alfred
Introduction:
Kazin, Alfred
Author:
Kazin, Alfred
Afterword by:
Wirth-Nesher, Hana
Afterword:
Wirth-Nesher, Hana
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FIC043000
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.29 x 5.73 x 0.88 in

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Product details 480 pages Picador - English 9780312424121 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the few genuinely distinguished novels written by a twentieth-century American."
"Review" by , "Arguably the most distinguished work of fiction ever written about immigrant life....Surely the most lyrically authentic novel in American literature about a young boys coming to consciousness."
"Review" by , "Roth has done for the East Side Jew what James T. Farrell is doing for the Chicago Irish in the Studs Lonigan trilogy....When his characters are speaking pure Yiddish, Roth translates it into great beauty....The final chapters in the book have been compared to the Nighttown episodes of Joyces Ulysses; the comparison is apt."
"Synopsis" by , Roth's first novel, published in 1934, has sold millions of copies worldwide. Call it Sleep is the story of David Schearl, the dangerously imaginative child coming of age in the slums of New York, one of the preeminent American immigration narratives of our time.
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