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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Christ In Concrete by Di Donato, Pietro

It became quite natural- perhaps because of my own Italian heritage. Studs Terkel likens it to Grapes of Wrath. Black cloth, with gilt illustration and lettering, 8vo.


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.

He must do his utmost to break out of this dream! I even find that that the writing has interesting characteristics, almost avant-garde. Geremio is swallowed in concrete, which crushes him to crhist as it dries.

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Mar 09, James Van rated it it was amazing. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Harrowing descriptions of death, and dreams, of nostalgia. The feel of flexible steel trowel in pliant warm plush soon-to-be-stone. First, di Donato’s powers as a writer humble me.


The language varies a lot to be realistic about actual dialogues, and it adds colors and nuances.

Somehow they get by, the family and the extended family are strong. Published the same year as Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” to reviews not a great deal less enthusiastic, di Donato’s novel became, to hundreds of thousands of immigrant families, the “protest novel” of chhrist generation. Soil to covers and minor edgewear. Pietro de Donato “Donnie. Christ in Concrete Pietro Didonto I’ll take Tom Joad and his ill fated journey.

In an uncanny instance of life imitating art imitating life, the book that inspired Jimmy Breslin’s “The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez,” Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete,” was itself inspired by the tragic death in a construction accident of the author’s father, an Italian immigrant, on Good Friday,when di Donato was Sep 25, Paola Bersi rated it liked it.

Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete”

Some foxing to edges and white spots to boards; an excellent copy in the jacket with sunned spine. They live and die for Job.

He walked silently with white face down the stairs. Ratatatatatat – ratatatatatatatattt Hal-lloooo? Sign In Register Help Cart.

Brick you dago screwball! As a result, the working-class must rely on each other — as workers and as neighbors — drawing strength from their ancient, pre-Christian pagan rituals of sharing food and song in a sense of communal bonding.


Aug 11, Jonny rated it it was amazing. First edition of this classic portrait of Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s. The writing This is a very sobering account of Italian immigrant construction workers in the the Lower East Side of New York City, taking place just chrjst the Depression.

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Christ In Concrete

Int’l mailed via first class or priority. As Paul endures the toiling labor in bricklaying and weeps at the hands that denied him the most basic of needs in the most perilous hours, it seems clear that he represents the tragic nature of humanity: A novel about the difficulty of Italian immigrants getting by during the Depression. In “Living the Revolution,” an academic study on radical Italian women dknato the very same New York “Concrete” mixes, Jennifer Guglielmo notes that southern Italian women responded to patriarchal dominance in society by “crafting their own cultural expression,” including magic, sorcery, divination, or pietdo the “tarantella.

Jul 19, Jacques Pierre rated it it was amazing. Previous owner’s blind-stamp on front free endpaper, else very good in a very good minor edge wear dust jacket.