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Jews Without Money Book Review Summary

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Gold's autobiographical novel is set on the East Side of New York City in a slum populated mainly by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. His father is a painter, but suffers from sickness because of the lead in the paint. At first he manages to make a living for the family, but when he falls from a scaffold, he is no longer able to continue as a painter. Since he has no other trade, the family is pushed into further poverty. Michael, his young son, is forced to go out and work. His wife gets a job in a restaurant. The family is forced to live from hand to mouth. Although he is a bright boy, the young Michael decides he must leave school and try to get a job to support the family.   Gold's novel paints a picture of immigrant life in the early part of the 20th century.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Inside culture (main char)    -   Jew Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   American Northeast If story of urban/rural...    -   Big city life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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