Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood

Bronx Primitive Portraits in a Childhood As an account of growing up female it is a fit companion piece to Mary McCarthy s classic Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood Le Anne Schreiber The New York Times

  • Title: Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood
  • Author: Kate Simon
  • ISBN: 9780140263312
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • As an account of growing up female, it is a fit companion piece to Mary McCarthy s classic Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood Le Anne Schreiber, The New York Times.

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    1. 3.5/5 enjoyed this very much.Kate Simon's Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood is a wonderfully evocative memoir of growing up in New York City in the 1920s. She tells her story not only from the perspective of a girl and young woman but also of an immigrant. It was published in 1982 and was one of the New York Times Book Review's twelve best books of the year as well as one of Time magazine's five best. She continues her story in A Wider World: Portraits in an Adolescence and Etchings in a [...]

    2. This is a fascinating tale not sure if it is for all. Kate Simon wrote this in 1982 about growing up Jewish in Bronx and she was born in 1912 and died in 1990 in NYC. Its quite disturbing about her relationship with her parents and brother. This is a child who will have to fight to maintain her path herSelf. Various people tried to use her sexually and these people are family. Her father she says was early maybe later yes involved sexually with his niece who he brought to US from Warsaw Poland. [...]

    3. Kate Simon was one tough broad, growing up in the Bronx among groping relatives and a soul-crushing father who ignored her fierce spirit and her many intellectual gifts. This memoir demonstrates from its first pages that she was always exceptional -- enough to end up as a world-renowned travel writer, living as a sophisticate in Rome. But it doesn't answer my question: why her? She had no mentor, no one took a vast interest in her. Her mother defended her against a closed-minded and unimaginativ [...]

    4. Between 3 and 4 stars. Kate Simon grew up poor in the Bronx. This is an unsentimental and unvarnished account of her childhood in an insular Jewish home in which she clashed with her parent especially her tyrannical father who encouraged her to drop out of school to focus on playing the piano. There are many nice touches to her story which makes it a satisfying read but one comes away with a sense that she was bitter with a burgeoning conviction that rebellion was necessary to rupture the ties o [...]

    5. An incredible memoir of a young immigrant girl's childhood in the Bronx in the 1920s. Kaila/Kate is just four when she, her mother and her younger brother arrive in New York City from Poland to join her father. She captures the feel of a neighborhood made up of different ethnic groups (Polish, Irish, Italian) and the small anguishes and delights of childhood. A compelling portrait of a Polish Jewish family trying to adjust to life in a new world. My only disappointment was that the book ended so [...]

    6. For anyone who loves a good autobiography of a non-celebrity, this book is a must. The author has such an appealing and attractive voice, and writes is such an honest and unpretentious fashion that you wish she wrote about everything. Growing up in the Bronx, her relationship with her parents, their relationship with each other, becoming a woman, all dealt with unforgettably.

    7. One of the terrific things to keep in mind when reading this book is that Kate Simon is writing about her teenage self somewhere around 60 years later. As an old woman, she looks back on her Jewish immigrant upbringing with nostalgia but doesn't let the memory of youth keep her from portraying the time with brutal honesty.

    8. This slender memoir beautifully evokes a New York childhood around the time of the Great War. It came out three decades ago. Glad I finally got around to reading it. Without nostalgia, she wonderfully captures an era when many immigration was a fact of life for many families.

    9. Growing Up Jewish in World War I Bronx. I appreciated the similarities to my growing up in 1950's Brooklyn.

    10. Didn't actually read itI did listen attentively to the in-depth discussion of this book in my New York Studies classoh and I can't tell you what this was about

    11. A brazenly told story that offers a peek into an adolescence's formative years during one of the world's great cities formation.

    12. Very good memoir - an incredible portrait of a time and place. Reminded me of a harder edged Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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