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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Roth Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lauded as the most profound novel of Jewish life ever written by an American, Call It Sleep seamlessly weaves together the searing pains and subtle joys of immigrant life in New York's Lower East Side. It is the story of David Schearl, a dangerously imaginative little boy who arrives from Eastern Europe in 1907. Shock by shock, he is exposed to the blows - and occasional pleasures - of life in the crowded tenements.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/18/2014

    " This book is incredible - I've never read anything like it. I was expecting an immigrant experience story, a sort of "American Tail" rife with descriptions of seders and gefilte fish the way Mama used to make and so forth. This is NOT that. This book is completely original, intensely personal, and very disturbing. Disturbing not because of a specific event (e.g., rape, abuse, etc. - though those things, or at least close relatives of those things, do happen), but because, for the 400 or so pages of the book, you're made to look at the world in such a strange and horrifying way, and this view of the world seems so real, like it couldn't possibly have been invented by some author experimenting with "character" and "style" - meaning that somewhere, out there, there is someone for whom this is real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Carlsruh | 2/13/2014

    " Sensitive little Jewish boy's perspective. Slow and insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben Richmond | 1/25/2014

    " It's a hard read. The main character (your proxy) is just sort of battered and scared and scarred throughout the whole book. But maybe that's the immigrant experience? We hear a lot about the old Jewish Lower East Side, but I don't think I've ever really considered with the intimacy that Roth affords here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David | 1/21/2014

    " A haunting story of childhood trauma and depression. Roth succeeds in recreating what it's like growing up and not always understanding everything we witness. Also vividly portrays life in New York as an immigrant. "

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