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Yekl; a tale of the New York Ghetto (1896) PDF book (adapted to Hester Street Movie)

Yekl; a tale of the New York Ghetto (1896)  PDF book by Abraham Cahan (adapted  to Hester Street Movie)

Yekl; a tale of the New York Ghetto

the first novel of Abraham Cahan, Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto, was published in 1896. The graphic story of an Americanized Russo-Jewish immigrant, it attracted much attention and was favorably commented on by the press both in America and in Englan

Review by Emma Probst
I really enjoyed reading this short book! As a character, Yekl is a complete jerk, but I think a lot of this comes from how much I understand and sympathize with his wife Gitl and the efforts that she makes to conform to society in ways that she shouldn't have to. Yekl's response to her efforts is devastating and destroys his likability as a character for me. I don't always connect with realists' works because they tend to be too gritty without offering much of interest. In contrast, Cahan writes with so much humor and earnestness that I truly wanted to know what would happen. Also, he does a great job with themes of double-consciousness and doubleness in general.


Author: Abraham Cahan
 Publication Date: 1896

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