|Christ in Concrete (1939) [Novel]|
by Pietro Di Donato
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Throbbing with reality, harsh, beautiful, and uncompromising, Christ in Concrete
takes the reader to the Lower East Side of New York City shortly before the Great Depression and portrays people rarely seen in American literature – the hardworking Italian immigrants who joined the construction trade and lived in the tenements near the waterfront.
Largely autobiographical, it opens with the dramatic Good Friday collapse of a building under construction, burying in its rubble the bricklayers working on the floors above and literally crucifying in concrete Geremio, whose death leaves his pregnant wife and eight children impoverished. His bright, studious oldest son, Paul, at just twelve years old, must take over his father’s role – and his job. Paul’s odyssey into manhood now begins on the high girders where death is an occupational hazard and a boy’s dreams are the first to die.
Original title: Christ in Concrete
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives