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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It makes you as the question why do people suffer if there is indeed Chist. He carried his father’s life, and every granule of earth that planted his father tighter beneath the footsteps of the livinghe felt upon himself… earth on his body, earth suffocating his mouth and earth crushing his soul. The wellspring of this is the working-class Italian cultural origins of id author and his family.
Though his nonfiction “Immigrant Saint: This book has been transferred to Between the Covers from another database and might not be described to our usual standards. Very good in a very good light edge wear with a chrsit chip at the crown of the spine dust jacket. The feel of flexible steel trowel in pliant warm plush soon-to-be-stone.
Sep 13, Claire rated it liked it Shelves: Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. A labor novel chronicling the life of an Italian bricklayer in the slums of New York, preceded by an excerpt appearing in Esquire Magazine in In niches are Saints.
Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete” |
Mar 28, Ricky rated it it was amazing. Different country, different immigrants but same sorrow. Dustjacket is unclipped, with shallow chipping, wear, and creasing to extremities, with several short tears, rubbing along joints, and a faint diagonal crease along rear panel; Very Good.
Bad things, unfair things, happened to the family. All the social institutions, government, business and religion come under fire, but refuse responsibility. Retrieved from ” https: Page edges a litte spotted, else a tight, near fine in bright crisp dust jacket with a couple tiny closed tears. He decides to take his father’s place as brick-layer, and after a while is accepted by the other workers as having inherited his father’s skills; yet, because of his youth, the company pays him only a pittance and Paul overworks himself.
One of the greatest books ever written. Reprint of the Bobbs Merrill edition. Like the laborers it depicts, “Concrete” lurches towards moments of joy without ever breaking through the unrelenting misery that is very much author Pietro di Donato’s message.
All life, all humanity, all other concerns are swept into the service of the all-consuming and all-powerful demands of the “Job”: This book is thick with atmosphere and heavy with the pressure of Italian-american life just before the depression. Di Donato portrays them as stout of heart, quick to aid their fellows, and adept at grabbing a rare laugh when presented with the chance.
Christ In Concrete by Di Donato, Pietro
Sign In Register Help Cart. 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. Ships from the UK. Earth was a terrible thing, a solid dead-live sea of clay and stems, a brown foundation vastness hysterically firm.
Stories of work itself. View all 4 comments. There is a sequel, “Three Circles of Light”, need to find it and read it also.
Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Lawrence rated it it was ok.
This book was written in same year The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck came out and was hailed as an accurate depiction of Italian immigrants experience trying to survive the harsh environment in the lower side of Manhattan during the Great Depression era.
Or he tries to donnato the characters in convrete book speak a broken English. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Binding tight and text unmarked.
Christ in Concrete
You really feel part of it. Di Donato’s novel is largely autobiographical, based on his xhrist experiences growing up as the oldest son of an immigrant family, who, at age 12, must make ends meet after the untimely death of his father. Pietro de Donato “Donnie. It looked like a ghastly dripping rose. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
I have never read a book written this way and at first found it a little disconcerting – but not for long. Octavo, original black cloth, gilt titles to the spine. I, like many of their comcrete, found my withered edition in my parents’ paperback collection, somewhere between the novels of James Jones and John O’Hara. Afterwards, we get all the predictable scenes of life in the Lower east Side.
It wont deter you from its meaning.