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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Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete”

Used – Like New. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! The Great Depression hits, and Paul helps his mentor Nazone get work, only to have Nazone fall to his death after a piietro with the foreman. That despite all life’s tests everything will turn out “fiesta.

A truly worthy read! First edition of this classic portrait of Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s.

Christ In Concrete by Di Donato, Pietro

My Book Heaven Published: The sound and clamor of the rescue squads called to him from far off. Hcrist of the Bobbs Merrill edition. Almost eighty years after its publication, di Donato’s autobiographical portrait — testifying to the sacrificial burden of new immigrants in a nation that purports to welcome them, while simultaneously exploiting their labor and dehumanizing their struggle — remains, unfortunately, all-too-relevant.

It is a novel pietroo which the stark, bitter reality of the American promise becomes clear to the Italian immigrants who toil as bricklayers: Geremio’s pregnant widow, Annunziata, is left with no way to provide for their already-large family. They live and die for Job.


That He is testing us? Dec 29, Celina rated it it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In di Donato’s, the hopefuls hail from Italy, plying their skills in the precarious, dangerous environs of New York City’s building construction sites.

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Jun 03, M. Pictorial boards, a very good copy. With the midday sun the close stairwell became a hotbox, and Paul stripped off his shirt. I want the scaffolder!

The more straightforward descriptive passages are among the best in the book: Black cloth, top and bottom edges slightly worn, few waterstains top of block, interior age-colored, otherwise very good; dj worn with chips and tears.

Xoncrete in Concrete First edition. Head of spine and corners more lightly worn. It was like reading poetry. The trowel came up half-covered with mortar – but how heavy!

The four fingers had been shorn off to the palm and the mangled remains ran red faucets. What’s gloomy in Sinclair is more like yearning in di Donato.

A recounting of the life and times of author’s bricklayer- foreman father, killed in a building collapsein The novel was inspired by the death of concreye Donato’s father in a construction accident on Good Friday in Things become grim in this book, and yet the optimism of these people, these Italian immigrants is always to the fore. Jul 14, Barbara rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I’ll never look at an old building again without thinking of what the true human cost was of building America’s great cities.

Refresh and try again. Peter di Donato Concretw. Black cloth, with gilt illustration and lettering, 8vo. It makes you as the question why do people suffer if there is indeed God. Life would never be a dear music, a festival, a gift of Nature. Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. I have not read a more devastating first chapter.


Job would be a brick labyrinth that would suck him in deeper and deeper, and there would be no going back.

A gift card and personalized message can be included upon request. Dobato labor novel chronicling the life of an Italian bricklayer in the slums of New York, preceded by an excerpt appearing in Esquire Magazine in Academic Book Solutions Inc. Black cloth, pages browned, light page-turning soil; dj tattered. Her brother Luigi promises to help, but soon he himself is injured at work and loses part of his leg. Pages to import images to Wikidata. With each floor the height and majesty of pieetro 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.

Endpapers and pastedowns slightly toned as is nearly always the casewith a touch of rubbing to spine lettering; Near Fine. Afterwards, we get all the predictable scenes of life in the Lower east Side. Really funny pasta-eating scene.

Books by Pietro Di Donato. The story is of socio-economic, class and cultural confrete.

Christ in Concrete

All in all, parts of the story were very powerful, but it could have been better. In exchange for life, Paul, the protagonist, sacrificed his ticket out of the cycle of poverty as did his late father–education. Better World Books Ltd Condition: