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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It seemed so daring to lay brick at the edge ln a wall that ran down hundreds and hundreds of feet to a toy world below, a wall that leaned out and seemed about to fall away.

Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete”

This wedding chapter, “Fiesta,” is an astounding tour de force. Different country, different immigrants but same sorrow.

A gift card and personalized message can be included upon request. Quotes from Christ in Concrete. As long as the author deals with his father’s lethal accident on a construction job and his own decision to step in as the bread-winner for his mother and 7 siblings, the writing is strong and vibrant.

This book is a short but dense read that is recommended to those who can process graphic imagery and are interested in the effects that various socioeconomic issues have on the human psyche. Jan 13, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Pale turquoise boards; a trifle darkened; tope edges dusty; owner’s name on f.

Nicely written and it left that positivism that you experience from the first page of the book until that part. My paternal Grandfather born in Italy was a stone mason and I only wish he were alive to ask him his experiences. The Book Escape Published: There’s a glimmer of hope, but not much. His mother’s blessing is a testament to his new faith, which is documented in Christ in Concrete much like St.


Small tear at the foot of the spine. For example, even job yes, your job that gives you your salary is referred by his people her as Job first letter is capitalized and I thought that Di Donato was referring to the prophet who lost his fortune and his whole family and had boils all over his body as God’s way to test his faith.

Aug 26, Soyoung rated it did not like it. Black cloth, with gilt illustration and lettering, 8vo. The following review also appears on my blog: This book is touted as a social justice novel, but it’s not quite the screed that Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” was at times; di Donato’s book is a cry to the heavens, it plumbs the mysteries and pleads with heart and soul the essential question: Lawrence rated it it was ok.

Di Donato’s characters spoke to themselves and to each other in an elegant English that reflected a literal translation of their native Italian.

Christ in Concrete

At the time of its publication init received accolades along with another contemporary novel, The Grapes of Wrath. To understand us, you have to understand our religion. The boss who refuses to help Paul and his family is human, and Paul, who works against the tyranny of donago rich, is also human. That despite all life’s tests everything will turn out “fiesta.

Christ in Concrete – Wikipedia

Afterwards, we get all the predictable scene This novel is the puffed-up version of a story, first published in Esquire magazine, which went on to be named “Best short story of “.

Injury and loss continue throughout the book, but it is not merely a rote list of misfortunes. The author writes in a myriad of styles, always dense and passionate, occasionally experimental but never obscure. Int’l mailed via first class or priority. The novel presents its criticisms of society — the greedy and bigoted bosses, the indifferent bureaucracy, the ineffective and self-seeking Catholic clergy — by showing, not telling, no direct attacks against these institutions are made, either by the author or characters.


Luigi comes home from the hospital and eventually marries Cola, providing the fiesta of the title. I have no doubt that the original story was first-rate because the beginning of this novel packs a powerful punch.

Bad things, unfair things, happened to the family. 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 concrste generation.

Feb 02, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: My Book Heaven Published: I beg you, this is not moment for comedy: Peter di Donato Sept.

Summary Discuss Reviews 0 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 twelve-year-old boy who must support his family after his father’s untimely death. A boy of twelve, after the death of his father in a construction accident, sees no alternative but to quit school and seek employment as a bricklayer to support his widowed mother and six younger siblings.

Also in this section, Annunziata and Paul visit a psychic, who reassures them that Geremio is watching over and praying for them, and attend the hearing at the Compensation Dj, which ends indecisively with the construction company blaming concrrete workers for the accident and the insurance company claiming the accident falls outside the bounds of the policies they have with the construction company.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I liked and identified with it on so many levels.

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