Call It Sleep

Call It Sleep

A Novel

Book - 1976
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Publisher: New York : Cooper Square Publishers, 1976, c1962.
Branch Call Number: ROT
Characteristics: l, 599 p. ; 22 cm.

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FVReader1
Feb 09, 2017

I'm not sure what to make of 450+ pages told through the eyes of a 6-8 year old child, with a child's thoughts, a child's understanding and a child's limited understanding.
The story is told in 3 styles:
- the straightforward English style being the parts where people are speaking Yiddish,
- the phonetic dialect parts to supposedly show how difficult it is for immigrants to understand English and
- stream-of-consciousness style of David's thoughts (a child's thoughts).
The phonetic sections were difficult to get through and I didn't find that the three styles melded well. It made the story somewhat uneven.
David is withdrawn, nervous, gets spooked by a look. He's a mama's boy of a kid. This is his story of life in the Lower East Side of New York.

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uncommonreader
Apr 22, 2016

This novel recounts Jewish immigrant life on the Lower East Side of New York City before World War I from the perspective of an 8 year old boy who gradually breaks away from his doting mother. It is an interesting historic account written during the Depression years.

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Stevenarntson
Apr 03, 2012

I mentioned this title as part of an ongoing review series called "Literary Counterparts."

http://www.stevenarntson.com/2012/04/literary-counterparts-doubleroth.html

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