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Children of the Ghetto

Gelesen von Adrian Praetzellis

(4,636 Sterne; 22 Bewertungen)

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

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Chap 1 The Bread of Affliction

22:16

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Chap 2.1 The Sweater

18:56

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Chap 2.2 The Sweater

27:32

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Chap 3 Beauty & the Beast

13:36

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Chap 4 Petticoat Lane

11:30

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Chap 5.1 Malka

18:41

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Chap 5.2 Malka

21:41

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Chap 6.1 The Redemption of...

18:46

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Chap 6.2 The Redemption of...

28:32

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Chap 7 The Pauper Alien

18:42

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Chap 8 The Wisdom of Solomon

18:06

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Chap 9 Reb Shemuel

24:24

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Chap 10.1 The Neo-Hebrew Poet

24:10

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Chap 10.2 The Neo-Hebrew Poet

13:51

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Chap 11.1 Esther and her Children

19:26

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Chap 11.2 Esther and her Children

20:08

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Chap 12 Dutch Debby

20:43

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Chap 13 A Silent Family

17:20

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Chap 14.1 The Purim Ball

16:15

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Chap 14.2 The Purim Ball

19:13

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Chap 15.1 Sons of the Commandment

15:35

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Chap 15.2 Sons of the Commandment

23:22

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Chap 16 Sugarman's Bar Mitzvah Party

31:47

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Chap 17.1 The Hope of the Family

23:15

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Chap 17.2 The Hope of the Family

11:19

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Chap 18.1 The Holy Land League

18:29

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Chap 18.2 The Holy Land League

22:58

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Chap 19.1 The Courtship of Shosshi Shmendrik

23:49

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Chap 19.2 The Courtship of Shosshi Shmendrik

22:27

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Chap 20.1 The Hyams' Honeymoon

19:47

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Chap 20.2 The Hyams' Honeymoon

14:52

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Chap 21.1 The Hebrews' Friday Night

16:29

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Chap 21.2 The Hebrews' Friday Night

21:17

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Chap 22.1 With the Strikers

18:11

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Chap 22.2 With the Strikers

24:51

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Chap 23.1 The Hope Extinct

14:52

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Chap 23.2 The Hope Extinct

15:16

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Chap 24 The Jargon Players

17:54

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Chap 25 Auld Lang Syne

24:22

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Chap 26 The Dead Monkey

24:01

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Chap 27.1 The Shadow of Religion

17:41

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Chap 27.2 The Shadow of Religion

14:53

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Chap 28.1 Seder Night

25:03

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Chap 28.2 Seder Night

28:35

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Bewertungen

A wonderful story!

(5 Sterne)

I've listened to this book at least three times and each time I've found something new to enjoy and admire in Zangwill's storytelling. He captures so beautifully the humor, wit, and intelligence of this particular group of people. I like that he demonstrates how we all have our particular ghettos or communities bounded by our peculiar language, customs and nonverbal communication that shows how much we have in common. Human beings all have their ways of connecting with each other. We are members of families who love our children and friends, we take a certain pride in our communities and what they represent and this is where we meet as members of the larger community of all humans. Zangwill's language is a joy to listen to and the interchanges between the characters are beautifully captured. They joke and needle each other with such great cleverness I often laugh out loud at their bickering. The Yiddish generously sprinkled throughout is a treat to hear and Adrian Praetzellis's accent and delivery are superb. He brings these characters to life, even the minor ones, and it's difficult to choose a favourite. In a way, this feels like a collection of ghost stories because these communities are long gone but their battles for existence, their fight to maintain the distinct identity of their own communities in a vast sea of "Christian" ignorance and stupidity is, to me anyway, immortal. I'm so glad to be able to hear these stories told with such warmth and understanding. Several of them are truly heartbreaking but each is told with sympathy and with the sense that the author is reaching out to commiserate with his characters. None of the stories are told in a way that makes the reader think, "Oh those poor Jews!" What is sad in these stories Is true among all human beings, not just Jewish communities. I think this is the greatest treasure of Israel Zangwill's writing--his ability to connect humans to one another while still telling the unique story of the Jewish community in Victorian times. Adrian Praetzellis's readings extend the connection to the listeners of his recordings. Thank you very much for your work Mr Praetzellis. It is a great mitzvah to this particular Irish American.

very interesting

(5 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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

Wonderful!

(5 Sterne)

I recently discovered this author due the reader being one of my favorites. I'm so glad to have done so!! Definitely recommending this one!!

great reader!

(5 Sterne)

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

(5 Sterne)

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

hidden treasure

(5 Sterne)

London in the 19th century ! wonderful author