BRIDE OF THE SABBATE by Samuel Ornitz

BRIDE OF THE SABBATE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A sober novel of a family in the Jewish ghetto on New York's lower East Side between the Spanish American War and the first World War. It is a history of the family of Seal Cramer, from his first impressions of the tenement ghetto where he was born, on a Sabbath. Here are faithfully transcribed portraits of the immigrants who came to escape the Russian pogroms; the orthodox grandparents who tried to retain their old culture without compromise; the uncle who tried to adapt to and better lives dominated by the sweatshop, and who retained as much of the Jewish tradition as he could use in his desire to belong to the new world rather than the old one. This follows Saal's rearing by his grandparents; his job as a social worker in a penological institute; his unsuccessful affairs with girls who shared his background and his marriage to a divorced, guilt-ridden Irish Catholic dancer, who eventually leaves him... An intimate knowledge of the idiom, attitudes and rituals of this class gives this its veracity and interest- rather than the story per se.

Publisher: Rinehart