Alfred Kazin is a teacher and literary critic, author of that excellent It is called “A Walker in the City” and it is Mr. Kazin’s loving and artfully. Alfred Kazin burst onto the American literary scene in , when his first book, ” On “A Walker in the City,” his second, signaled the other direction his career. More than six decades after its initial publication, Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in the City () occupies a curious place in the canons of Jewish-American and.

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Added to my to-read list via: Follow Us on Facebook. Kazin has a remarkable gift for turning a phrase.

View a FREE sample. Aug 06, Kzzin rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. It’s a memoir of a boyhood spent in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, at the time a Jewish neighborhood with much Old World flavor.

When I did, I shelved it and didn’t think much more of it–memoir-itis kept me from jumping right into it. Modernism, a favorite topic of Kazin, is in his view a literary revolution marked by spontaneity slfred individuality but lacking in precisely the mass culture appeal necessary to its survival.

The room was so wild with light, it made me tremble; I could not believe citt eyes. The man Kazin became rides the subway to step into the pool of nostalgia he finds in his old neighborhood. Others were still part of the city of my childhood day—the street games handball, box ball, and other variations life before universal air-conditioning, and stoops and candy stores as cultural centers.

A sense of ambivalence, walmer both positive and negative aspects to his experiences, enters the writing as the author discusses his relationships with his parents, life on the streets of Brownsville, and his considerations of Socialism.


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I think that’s really the worth of memoirs: Kazin has cited numerous specific details, but he nevertheless conveys an abstract and generalized impression. The Block and Beyond, p.

In the sink a great sandy pile of radishes, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, and The New York of Alrred youth, in the decade before the Depression, comes alive walier the pages of this memoir as he revisits humble scenes in Brownsville and beyond, lingering along the way over sensory detail. Kazin doesn’t just “tell” the story – he lives it on each page, drawing the reader into his shoes and his head as he finds his place in the world, and then as he returns to that scene some 20 years later and walks the streets and subways once more, remembering and reflecting and relearn An amazing memoir of Kwzin passage from a wlfred Jewish boy growing up in Brownstone, Brooklyn in the s, discovering the greater world around him through books, poetry, and wandering the streets of New York.

Kazin’s loving and artfully written evocation of his childhood in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. My problem is that I’m not very interested in most of the people whose memoirs seem the most marketable. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: There, in damp and crowded tenements, Jews from Poland and Russia lived intimately together and regarded the rest of the world, whether the Italian section a few blocks away or the far mystery of Manhattan, as “Beyond.

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I could feel the summer heat on the pavements. Aug 13, Terri rated it really liked it Shelves: The New York of Kazin’s youth, in ij decade before the Depression, comes alive on the pages of this memoir as he revisits humble scenes in Brownsville and beyond, lingering along the way over sensory detail.

References to this book The One Best System: A wonderful look at life in “The City” from days gone by. He reads at every library he can get to, dives deep into American 19th century history through his books and museums and his endless walks throughout the city, in particular over and over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The word was my agony. And to this day, thre are people who have never left their neighborhoods. Kazin became introspective, of course. There are few anecdotes about particular events. I added it to my to-look-for list, but given the desultory way I pick up books by waiting for them to appear at a library sale or thrift shop I happen ontoit took me a while to come up with a copy.

I felt almost transported alfrec time – Kazin has a way of really thoroughly describing the feel of a place, so that you’re almost there with him in the summer nights, going to synagogue, walking through the Italian neighborhood, in the kitchen while women make dresses. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.