An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the. Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete”. The long-lost novel that inspired Jimmy Breslin to write “The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez.”. An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the story of a.

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That despite all life’s tests everything will turn out “fiesta. This chrrist is actually very and proudly lyrical throughout. Views Read Edit View history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ads are currently disabled.

Dust jacket less than fair, with considerable edgewear, some fading, chips and small tears. It was once said the best way to do flashbacks is The translation is a kind of direct transposing of the words as ordered in Italian which successfully marks the book with a distinctive prose dobato. I even find that that the writing has interesting characteristics, almost avant-garde. However, it is not so much a personification as a deification. A kind uncle does his best to help but loses a leg.

Like Gregor Samsa waking up to discover his transformation, Geremio’s first thought on finding himself sinking in the cement is, “What kind of dream was he having?

Christ in Concrete

The Bobbs-Merrill Company It is heartfelt, deeply so. Afterwards, we get all the predictable scene This novel is the puffed-up version of a story, first published in Esquire magazine, which went on to be named “Best short story of “. Jan 13, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Previous owner’s book-plate on front paste-down, else very good in a very good minor edge wear dust jacket. Life would never be a dear music, a festival, a gift of Nature. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Blue Leaf Books Published: But it doesnt take away from the fact that it gives such insight into the struggles of my ancestors and the Italian people This book will make you cry.

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In truth, Geremio and his Italian-American co-workers are treated as expendable tools, whose ci is the last thing of concern to either the construction corporation or the law. Sep 19, Allie rated it really liked it. If you have an older Salon account, please enter your username and password below: Also, we tend to be dramatic and a bit melancholy.

Earth was a terrible thing, a solid dead-live sea of clay and stems, a brown foundation vastness hysterically firm. In Sinclair’s book, the immigrants are Lithuanians toiling in the rank hell of the Chicago packinghouses. Page edges a litte spotted, else a tight, near fine pietr bright crisp dust jacket with a couple tiny closed tears.

In di Donato’s, the hopefuls hail from Italy, plying their skills in the precarious, dangerous environs of New York City’s building construction sites. Description seems to float upon the page demanding that the reader fill in detail from their imagination with a humanistic commonality where otherwise, because of cultural distinctiveness, the brain would pause to conjecture.

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An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the story of a twelve-year-old boy who must support his family after his father’s untimely death. The novel, which achieved major cult status virtually upon publication, must have puzzled my father’s generation. Donato like Paul in the story, concgete 12 years old voncrete had to work as a bricklayer making his as the breadwinner in the family.


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Raptis Rare Books Published: For them, the promise of the American Dream exists at the expense of their struggle, rather than as a safe harbor from it. There is not a lot of workerist rhetoric to this book. Mar 28, Ricky rated it it was amazing. As a 3rd generation Italian American I can appreciate conrete book very much. Though his nonfiction “Immigrant Saint: Compression engines snort viciously — sledge heads punch sinking spikes — steel drills bite shattering jazz in stone-cutting excitedly jarring clinging hands — dust swirling — bells clanging insistent aggravated warning — severe bony iron cranes swivel swing dead heavy rock high — clattering dump — vibrating concussion swiftly absorbed — echo reverberating — scoops bulling horns in rock pile chug-shish-chug-chug aloft — hiss roar dynamite’s boom-doom loosening petrified bowels — one hundred hands fighting rock — fifty spines derricking swiveling — fifty faces set in mask chopping stone into bread — fifty hearts interpreting Labour hurling oneself down and in at earth planting pod-footed Job.

The book jumps around a lot and seems conceete leave some loose ends, but I definitely recommend it for people looking for a unique perspective on New York in the early 20th century.

The writing is exceptional, experimental, and di Donato manages to capture chrit pathos, the culture, and the heartache of the immigrant experience—where family and community were all you had—and it was Here is a book about what it was like to be an immigrant, in this case Italian, in the early 20th century.

They were the bodies to whom he would joined in bondage to Job.