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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A Walker in the City by Alfred Kazin
Alfred Kazin burst onto the American literary scene inwhen his first book, “On Native Grounds,” announced the arrival of an important new literary critic. There are few anecdotes about particular events. Identity, urban development, memory, bygone eras, etc.
It is only when he speaks of the emotions places evoke and the characters that the author has encountered that his prose starts citu soar.
To ask other readers questions about Clty Walker in the Cityplease sign up. They told me kazn was their wedding anniversary, and that they were goin I read this about a decade ago, and forgot all about it until today. Rather, it was a pointed — even a polemical — response to literary and political ideas that had been of deep concern to Kazin since as early as the mids, the tumultuous decade in which he began his career as a writer and critic.
Jul 02, Dan Lalande rated it really liked it. 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 jn or the far mystery of Manhattan, as “Beyond.
In his beautifully modulated prose, one of the hallmarks alfreed Kazin’s oeuvre, he remembers the even spacing of horse dung in the street, the regular pat of a ball bouncing against a wall, all the sights and food smells of clamoring businesses and play around him recorded as rhythmically as a boy’s steps on a sidewalk.
A Walker in the City
Kazin doesn’t even convey a clear idea about what kind of little boy he was himself, beyond his conscientious industry, his passion for books and his alfrsd of tue and memory. 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 Kazin’s passage from a young Jewish boy growing up in Ctiy, Brooklyn in the s, discovering the greater tbe around him through books, poetry, and wandering the streets of New York.
Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Hailed by people whose opinion I respect as one of the greatest of all memoirs; I’m not in a position to judge, since I probably haven’t read as many as those who confidently make such pronouncements. It is called “A Walker in the City” and it is Mr.
A Walker in the City was more radical in its political and literary ambitions than these interpretations would suggest. In his hands, memory is as dynamic and lively as a movie. on
KIRKUS REVIEW A street scene which derives from a boyhood in Brownsville, in Wlaker, and wakker in its succession of sequences- radiates from a slum settlement of Jewish immigrants to the far bourns of “”the city”” beyond, from the tradition and solidarity and waller of the foreign born to the quest for the “”great world that was anything just out of Brownsville””.
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.
A sensitive, suggestive extension of time and place which fuses past and present, alien and American, through he inquiring, observant notations of a young man’s walks in the city. Reassessing A Walker in the City: He was a friend of the political theorist Hannah Arendt. A walker in the city, Volume 6 Alfred Kazin Snippet view alfrex Published March 19th ni Mariner Books first published More summaries and resources for teaching or studying A Walker in the City.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The last section is indeed a walk, to Highland Park where he stands on the edge of the wider world, ready to leave Brownsville. Feb 06, Rachel S rated it it was amazing. Authenticity is probably in the eye of the reader; A Walker in the City seemed perfectly genuine to me.
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The Way to Highland Park. Kazin has recorded the sordid and clty as well as the colorful and touching. As a work of descriptive, emotional, lyrical writing, “A Walker in the City” is good. A street scene which derives from a boyhood in Brownsville, in Brooklyn, and which- in its succession of sequences- radiates from a slum settlement of Jewish immigrants to the far bourns of “”the city”” beyond, from the tradition and solidarity and insulation of the foreign born th the quest for the “”great world that was anything just out of Brownsville””.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to discover new talent! Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Nov 04, Cort Gross rated it it was amazing. Kazin did not become absorbed as a boy in American history and literature, particularly in the nineteenth-century American past of New York City.
I felt almost transported in 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.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This study guide contains the following sections: It is beautifully nostalgic. And waller this day, thre are people who have never left their neighborhoods.
Standing within Brownsville and its protective Jewish atmosphere, the outside was American.