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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He must do his utmost to break out of this dream!

I even find that that the writing has interesting characteristics, almost avant-garde. Geremio and Annunziata’s oldest son, Paul, tries to find charity from local businesses and from the church, but with no success.

Donato like Paul in the story, was 12 years old and had to work as a bricklayer making his as the breadwinner in the family. The writing This is a very sobering account of Italian immigrant xhrist workers in the the Lower East Side of New York City, taking place just before the Depression. Jurgis Rudkis works harder, but things only worsen. The book was hailed by critics in the U.


Things become grim in this book, and yet the optimism of these people, these Italian immigrants is always to the fore. And now a still man, pieyro by death, was oppressed into conceete womb of soil. The more straightforward descriptive passages are among the best in the book: The trowel came up half-covered with mortar – but how heavy!

The novel, which achieved major cult status virtually upon publication, must have puzzled my father’s generation. With the children scattered about in the rooms, he could not remember!

Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Published the same year as Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” doanto reviews not a great deal less enthusiastic, di Donato’s novel became, to hundreds of thousands of immigrant families, the “protest novel” of a generation. The father has just signed a contract to pay, on installment basis, a house for his family and was excitedly telling everyone about it.

Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato

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Head of spine and corners more lightly worn. This page was last edited on 29 Septemberat Overall, the book is in solid shape.

Christ in Concrete

Framed by death and trajedy, the novel does offer glimpses of hope. Somehow they get by, the family and the extended family are strong. Victor Gollancz Ltd, My Book Heaven Published: The publisher’s retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper and the title page. Geremio and his coworkers are gruesomely killed on the job when the building they are working on collapses.


It is a novel in which the stark, bitter reality of the American promise becomes clear to the Italian immigrants who toil as bricklayers: Clean and unmarked hardcover in full cloth binding.

The Life of Mother Cabrini” continues to be read and discussed. In di Donato’s book, the American city yields its tragedy early on; a tragedy that haunts everyone for the rest of pketro book. The Bobbs-Merrill Company View all 5 comments. Pale white smudges on front cover.

A Swedish carpenter was coming down slowly and holding up his right hand.