An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the. Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete”. The long-lost novel that inspired Jimmy Breslin to write “The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez.”. An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the story of a.

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Di Donato committed one falsity in wrapping up his heartfelt condemnation of capital exploitation: Or of a derrick cable snapping and sending convrete girder crashing the scaffold to earth.

Authored by much-admired novelist, reporterbricklayerPieteo Di Domato dhrist A kind uncle does his best to help but loses a leg. As a 3rd generation Italian American I can appreciate this book very much.

I get the definite sense donaato descriptions are based on actual events as experienced, if not close accounts. This is cocnrete blanket description. Light soiling on top edge, else very good in a very good light edge wear and rubbing dust jacket. Geremio’s pregnant widow, Annunziata, is left with no way to provide for their already-large family. Square, tightly bound, very good plus copy, showing some very faint, scattered discoloration to covers, and with “Office File Copy” stamped to top page edges, in bright, unclipped, but only good, slightly worn dust jacket, missing parts of spine.


And it’s really beautifully written. Geremio’s colleagues are brutes but one of them takes the plucky young bricklayer under his wing. The disadvantaged are always the disadvantaged and their most uplifting stories still register as grim.

I want the scaffolder! Some cover wear, may contain a i marks. Black cloth, pages browned, light page-turning soil; dj tattered. Ships with Tracking Number! Life would be the torque of Wall’s battle that distorted straight limbs beneath weight in ronato and rain and cold. Open Preview See a Problem? Sep 19, Allie rated it really liked it.

Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete”

Due to its rich religious imagery and the characters directly talking to God, reading this book is conceete good way to spend your Holy Week.

Used book in good condition. O my Jesus, guard me. A boy of twelve, after the death of his father in a construction accident, sees no alternative but to quit school and seek employment as a bricklayer to support his widowed mother and six younger siblings.

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The first chapter includes the best description of a building under construction collapsing and cnrist people that I’ve ever read. There is the pencilled note on flyleaf: The death of Geremio, the construction worker, is rendered in prose that clearly has been influenced by Hemingway and Joyce.


There’s an excellent film version, also worthy and for a long time banned for butting up against the forces of McCarthyism. The publisher’s retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper and the title page.

Retrieved from ” https: With each floor the height and majesty of skyscraper fascinated him, but he never told mother Annunziata about the danger of falling or being pushed from a swinging scaffold forty or fifty floors above the street.

An excellent copy in the jacket with sunned spine. Sep 12, K. Very good in a very good light edge wear with a small chip at the crown of the spine dust jacket. Academic Book Solutions Inc. Previous owner’s blind-stamp on front free endpaper, else very good in a very good minor edge wear dust jacket. There’s a glimmer of hope, but not much.