Children of the Ghetto


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.6 stars; 16 reviews)

In this 1892 novel of London's Jewish East End, Israel Zangwill sets the apparently irrational and decidedly indecorous religious practices of transplanted eastern European Jews against the forces of assimilation. Zangwill's knowledge of Yiddishkeit and skill in melodrama created a series of unforgettable vignettes that had a significant effect on the public perception of this much stigmatized immigrant group.

Israel Zangwill (1864-1926) was born in London of Russian and Polish parents. He coined the term cultural "melting pot". (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

(15 hr 17 min)

Chapters

Proem 32:46 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 1 The Bread of Affliction 22:16 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 2.1 The Sweater 18:56 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 2.2 The Sweater 27:32 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 3 Beauty & the Beast 13:36 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 4 Petticoat Lane 11:30 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 5.1 Malka 18:41 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 5.2 Malka 21:41 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 6.1 The Redemption of... 18:46 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 6.2 The Redemption of... 28:32 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 7 The Pauper Alien 18:42 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 8 The Wisdom of Solomon 18:06 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 9 Reb Shemuel 24:24 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 10.1 The Neo-Hebrew Poet 24:10 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 10.2 The Neo-Hebrew Poet 13:51 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 11.1 Esther and her Children 19:26 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 11.2 Esther and her Children 20:08 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 12 Dutch Debby 20:43 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 13 A Silent Family 17:20 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 14.1 The Purim Ball 16:15 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 14.2 The Purim Ball 19:13 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 15.1 Sons of the Commandment 15:35 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 15.2 Sons of the Commandment 23:22 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 16 Sugarman's Bar Mitzvah Party 31:47 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 17.1 The Hope of the Family 23:15 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 17.2 The Hope of the Family 11:19 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 18.1 The Holy Land League 18:29 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 18.2 The Holy Land League 22:58 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 19.1 The Courtship of Shosshi Shmendrik 23:49 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 19.2 The Courtship of Shosshi Shmendrik 22:27 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 20.1 The Hyams' Honeymoon 19:47 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 20.2 The Hyams' Honeymoon 14:52 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 21.1 The Hebrews' Friday Night 16:29 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 21.2 The Hebrews' Friday Night 21:17 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 22.1 With the Strikers 18:11 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 22.2 With the Strikers 24:51 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 23.1 The Hope Extinct 14:52 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 23.2 The Hope Extinct 15:16 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 24 The Jargon Players 17:54 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 25 Auld Lang Syne 24:22 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 26 The Dead Monkey 24:01 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 27.1 The Shadow of Religion 17:41 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 27.2 The Shadow of Religion 14:53 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 28.1 Seder Night 25:03 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chap 28.2 Seder Night 28:35 Read by Adrian Praetzellis

Reviews

very interesting

(5 stars)

I loved the reader, Mr. Praetzellis. He brought the characters to life and made the book even more interesting. I didn't know anything about the London ghetto and the Jewish people living there but I do after hearing this book. There are a lot of people in this book and at times I got confused. I recommend listening to a chapter twice if this happens to you. There is a lot going on in this book. Highly recommended.

This Is A Great One

(4.5 stars)

Humorous insight into a world of which I’ve known very little. The culture of Eastern Europe is made available to all in this collection of the difficulties of young religious immigrants. Adrian Praetzellis puts life into written words. I listen to all of his readings; he’s awesome.

Reveals Orthodox Jewish Life From Long Ago

(4 stars)

The stories are compelling and well read. I could invision the characters and locations. I chuckled a few times but mostly I was saddened.

great reader!

(5 stars)

Adrian is a great reader! The way he reads makes the book easier to understand.

(5 stars)

This is a wonderful book. Not to be missed, made great by the narrator, thank you!

(5 stars)

excellent. great reader. loved it !