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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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He must get back to consciousness to save his children! This novel is actually very and proudly lyrical throughout. The translation is a kind of direct transposing of the words as ordered in Italian which successfully marks the book with a distinctive prose style. With each floor the height and majesty of skyscraper fascinated him, but he never told mother Annunziata about the danger of falling or being pushed from a swinging scaffold forty or fifty floors above the street.

The book, which made di Donato famous, was originally published by Esquire Magazine as a short story and was expanded into a novel by di Donato. Hers is a torch that guide her family that despite having lost her husband she was steadfast in her belief that they would survive and losing faith on God would not help.

Open Preview See a Problem? Description seems to float upon the page demanding that the reader fill in detail from their imagination with a humanistic commonality where otherwise, because of cultural distinctiveness, the brain would pause to conjecture.


Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato

Square, tightly bound, very good plus copy, showing some very faint, scattered discoloration to covers, and with “Office File Copy” stamped to top page edges, in bright, unclipped, but only good, slightly worn dust jacket, missing parts of spine. With the dust jacket. Retrieved from ” https: Please email us if you require a specific, detailed description chriist the book condition.

It is heartfelt, deeply so. Domato story is of socio-economic, class and cultural struggle.

Some cover wear, may contain a few marks. But Geremio, being Italian, thinks first of his family, “Ah, yes, he’s dreaming in bed, and far out on the streets engines concdete going to a fire. A recounting of the life and times of author’s bricklayer- foreman father, killed in a building collapsein It is a small, yet powerful book, and though it is about the Italian immigrant culture, it is also about the working class xonato general, and the trials and tribulations of those who labored in construction during the early part of the twentieth century.

The following review also appears on my blog: I have not read a more devastating first chapter.

Christ in Concrete

Perhaps he wouldn’t wake up in time for work, and then what? The first chapter includes the best description of a building under construction collapsing and crushing people that I’ve ever read. All the social institutions, government, business and religion come under fire, but refuse responsibility.

There is not a lot of workerist rhetoric to this book. His mother’s blessing is a testament to his new faith, which is documented in Christ in Concrete much like St. Oh, dear Lord, guide my path. Jun 03, M. Sep concrdte, Janis rated it it was amazing. It tells the story of a bricklayer and his struggle to provide a home for his family. Distraught, Paul tells his mother that he no longer believes in God or in the afterlife, a confession that shatters her and for which he spends the final pages asking forgiveness.


Christ In Concrete

We will typically respond within 24 hours. And it’s really beautifully written. Blue Leaf Books Published: Mar 09, James Van rated it it was amazing.

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Its passions are not contained, yet it never feels sappy or sentimental. I finished this book too early in the morning cconcrete think about a review, which I am lousy at anyways.

Here is a book about what it was like to be an immigrant, pieteo this case Italian, in the early 20th century. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful story. Pages of text are clean, lightly toned and free of markings. Apparently in the eyes of his supporters di Donato’s later work never donati the gorgeous promise of his first novel. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When Paul’s self-appointed god-father eventually dies in yet another accident caused by the greed of the bosses, Paul loses his faith and falls out with his mother, who promptly takes to her bed and dies.