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By the Waters of Manhattan was Charles Reznikoff's first novel, published in 1930 by Charles Boni in New York. Part family saga, part bildungsroman, and part unrequited love story, the novel follows the lives of a Jewish family at the turn of the century from Elizavetgrad, Russia to Brownsville, Brooklyn, birthplace of the novel's protagonist, Ezekiel, a young poet in searBy the Waters of Manhattan was Charles Reznikoff's first novel, published in 1930 by Charles Boni in New York. Part family saga, part bildungsroman, and part unrequited love story, the novel follows the lives of a Jewish family at the turn of the century from Elizavetgrad, Russia to Brownsville, Brooklyn, birthplace of the novel's protagonist, Ezekiel, a young poet in search of ways to feed his stomach and his soul. Like Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, and Henry Roth, Reznikoff's subject is as much the great island of Manhattan, as it is its inhabitants....

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ISBN : 9780910129558
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 255 Pages
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By the Waters of Manhattan Reviews

  • Christian Schwoerke
    2018-12-28 05:11

    I can’t recall what prompted me to read about Reznikoff, but it was enough to inspire the purchase of this novel and Holocaust, one of his more typical works, a volume of poetry. There’s an affinity in his writing to the plain-spoken voice of William Carlos Williams (in both his poetry and in the trilogy which begins with White Mule), and this affinity includes period and setting. Reznikoff tells an immigration story of two generations, of the young Jewish girl who leaves Russia at the turn of the 20th century to live in New York City. Her poignant and gritty story is followed by an account of the life of her son Ezekiel, whose aspirations to become a writer and artist entail the practicalities, first, of becoming a bookseller. The onerous day-to-day ordinariness of the lives in this novel are compellingly portrayed, and the emotions are honest and earned.By the Waters of Manhattan employs ordinary language, and Reznikoff eschews style and ornament, neither interpolating or overlaying the narrative with additional poetic or affective language. I look forward to reading the poetry of Holocaust. I expect to find verse that is “transcribed” from ordinary records written in ordinary language, which will with this author's prudent understatement make individuals and events more real and emotionally present.

  • Victoria
    2018-12-28 06:08

    referenced in modpo week 7

  • Anne Heide
    2019-01-14 03:19

    Come on, Reznikoff. You can do better. Way better.

  • Andrew De Sousa
    2019-01-05 07:09

    6.75/10

  • B.
    2019-01-17 02:52

    2.5 stars