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Salome of the Tenements shocked many critics and writers when first published in 1923, but its author was immediately hailed as a major new talent. A love story of a working-class Salome and her highborn John the Baptist, the novel is based on the real-life story of Jewish immigrant Rose Pastor's fairytale romance with the millionaire socialist Graham Stokes. It also refleSalome of the Tenements shocked many critics and writers when first published in 1923, but its author was immediately hailed as a major new talent. A love story of a working-class Salome and her highborn John the Baptist, the novel is based on the real-life story of Jewish immigrant Rose Pastor's fairytale romance with the millionaire socialist Graham Stokes. It also reflects Yezierska's own aborted romance with the famous educator John Dewey. Yezierska's passionate but cynical novel poses oppositions such as cultural type/stereotype, passion/reason, and ethnic identity/assimilation, and it resonates powerfully to the contemporary reader....

Title : Salome of the Tenements
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ISBN : 9780252064357
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Salome of the Tenements Reviews

  • El
    2019-03-13 17:55

    Sonya is a poor Russian-Jewish immigrant; John Manning is the upper-crust WASP. This is their love story, of sorts, based on the question: How did these two even get together? Turns out the answer is Manning is in the business of helping the poor, and Sonya... well, Sonya is rather manipulative. She is, after all, the Salome of the tenements. As a modern woman, this isn't an easy book to read at times. The Radical Novel Reconsidered publication made me think that Sonya would be a real bad-ass, a force to be reckoned with based on her strength and conviction.In reality, Sonya was pretty hard to stomach. She said things like, "A woman should be youth and fire and madness - the desire that reaches for the stars. A man should be wisdom, maturity, poise. John Manning has everything I need to save my soul. He can give me the high things of heaven and the beauty and abundance of the earth." (p 7)I thought that her attitude would improve as the book progressed, but what we see is a woman who cared so much for fine clothes and other superficialities that she used her "womanly wiles" to get what she wanted from everyone else. She wanted John Manning, she got John Manning - leaving in her wake everyone who dared get in her way or slow her down. The whole thing made me cringe. "One must starve a little to keep one's figure in style." Ack!By Chapter 10 I still found Sonya completely insufferable. "He is the end, the purpose of life. To get him I'd pluck the moonbeams out of the moon. I'd draw the sun-rays out of the sun. I'd dry oceans and level mountains - only to get him!"Is this Twilight?? Did Stephenie Meyer write this book?The issue of the story (the corruption of the settlement homes, etc.) was completely overshadowed by just about everything Sonya did and said. She's a 1-dimensional character with one end in sight - John Manning. She doesn't care about her own situation, her standing in the world, the circumstances surrounding her, the living conditions of others in her building... none of it. Her goal was to hook the man, and come hell or high water that is what she was going to do.(view spoiler)[She does grow a pair by the end of the book. Sort of. Not really. Maybe a little. (hide spoiler)]Huge disappointment.

  • Wiction Craft
    2019-03-16 16:30

    Sonya is pissing me off immensely

  • Audrey Wolfe
    2019-03-17 13:41

    NO

  • Ffiamma
    2019-03-10 11:34

    una ragazza povera e ardente che cerca di sollevarsi dalla miseria del ghetto ebreo di new york. un miliardario filantropo, un corteggiamento serrato e folle, la ricerca disperata della bellezza salvifica, il matrimonio e due mondi inconciliabili che non si incontreranno mai, gli abissi della disperazione e la rivincita. la verità è che davanti all'amore non esistono differenze sociali né ricchezza e povertà. modernissimo romanzo degli anni '20.

  • Shiran Avni
    2019-02-27 15:34

    I enjoyed the book very much. If I could read it in one sitting, I probably would have. The ending was a bit disappointing. I felt as though Yezierska had enough of the novel and didn't complete it properly.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-24 09:40

    Made me thing a lot about beauty, the "ready-made" clothing industry, and immigration

  • Ryan Mishap
    2019-03-23 17:51

    a 1920's "love" story that nails the rich and their so-called charity.

  • Marie
    2019-03-19 17:42

    This is a wonderful period piece dealing with social issues esp. those affecting Russian/American women. Interesting love story too. A great read!

  • Emma Probst
    2019-03-13 16:52

    I really loved this book! The language is beautiful and I think the end is inspiring as well as sincere. It is great to finally have a female Quixote figure who isn't just upset with romance and seduction. It might seem like that later in the book, but hold on for a little while and near the end, you will see it fit into something else. Yezierska's language is beautiful, at some points too beautiful for the story that it is describing. There are a lot of phenomenal quotes about beauty, passion, and desire and the story is an interesting one as well.

  • Christine
    2019-03-10 11:29

    I read this book to prepare for a booktalk at the end of the month. Otherwise, I would not have finished it. The fact that it was published under Radical Novels Reconsidered gave me hope that I might like it. This is a series of mid-century, left-wing books, re-issued in the 1990s, with new biographical information. The introduction by Gay Wilentz was the best part of the book. See El's review on Goodreads for a book review..

  • Roslyn
    2019-03-17 13:54

    Really interesting in the historical context. Reads like early Jewish theater in NY - dramatic, histrionic, melodramatic.