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Call it Sleep (1934)

by Henry Roth

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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.
  keylawk | Dec 4, 2013 |
more like "go to sleep" ( )
  lxydis | May 11, 2013 |
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. ( )
  VictoriaNH | May 7, 2013 |
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  cavlibrary | Apr 19, 2013 |
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 screwed his step daughter. There's more to life than sex and compliant women placating their violent men. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Feb 13, 2013 |
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(Ti prego non fare domande
questa è quella Terra Dorata)


PROLOGO
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To Eda Lou Walton
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Standing before the kitchen sink and regarding the bright brass faucets that gleamed so far away, each with a bead of water at its nose, slowly swelling, falling, David again became aware that this world had been created without thought of him.
Il vaporetto bianco, il "Peter Stuyvesant", che scaricava gli immigranti dal tanfo e dal pulsare della classe ponte al tanfo e al pulsare dei casamenti di New York, ondeggiava appena sull'acqua accanto al molo di pietra dalla parte sottovento delle baracche stinte e delle nuove costruzioni in mattoni di Ellis Island.

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Ritto davanti all'acquaio in cucina e con gli occhi fissi sui lucenti rubinetti d'ottone che brillavano così lontani, ognuno con la sua goccia d'acqua al naso che lentamente si gonfiava, e cadeva, David ancora una volta si rese conto che questo mondo era stato creato senza che ci si preoccupasse di lui.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312424124, Paperback)

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.

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"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 story of David Schearl, the "dangerously imaginative" child coming of age in the slums of New York"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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