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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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Life Never Let Up: Review of Call It Sleep {1964}

Life Never Let Up: Review of Call It Sleep {1964}

(p.41) Life Never Let Up: Review of Call It Sleep {1964}
A Voice Still Heard

Irving Howe

Yale University Press

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1964 review of Call It Sleep, a novel by Henry Roth that chronicles the experiences of a young boy growing up in the Jewish immigrant ghetto of New York's Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. The boy, David Schearl, arrives in New York with his parents, who are Jews, and promptly experiences the hardships of living in the slums. Howe praises the consistently strong writing in Call It Sleep and commends Roth for the way he renders varieties of speech. He adds that the novel ends without any explicit moral statement.

Keywords:   novel, Irving Howe, Call It Sleep, Henry Roth, ghetto, New York, Lower East Side, Jews, slums

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