Unterzakhn #2020

Unterzakhn Leela Corman Unterzakhn A mesmerizing heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and

  • Title: Unterzakhn
  • Author: Leela Corman
  • ISBN: 9780805242591
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Unterzakhn Leela Corman A mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.For six year old Esther and Fanya, the teeming streets of New York s Lower East Side circa 1910 are both a fascinating playground and a place whereA mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.For six year old Esther and Fanya, the teeming streets of New York s Lower East Side circa 1910 are both a fascinating playground and a place where life s lessons are learned quickly and often cruelly In drawings that capture both the tumult and the telling details of that street life, Unterzakhn Yiddish for Underthings tells the story of these sisters as wide eyed little girls absorbing the sights and sounds of a neighborhood of struggling immigrants as teenagers taking their own tentative steps into the wider world Esther working for a woman who runs both a burlesque theater and a whorehouse, Fanya for an obstetrician who also performs illegal abortions and, finally, as adults battling for their own piece of the golden land , where the difference between just barely surviving and triumphantly succeeding involves, for each of them, painful decisions that will have unavoidably tragic repercussions.
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    1. It was the best time of their lives Identical twin sisters Fanya and Esther were little girls in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1910 This must mean do this, help in the shop, go fetch the lady doctor to help this hemorrhaging pregnant woman on the sidewalk Too late, what s an abortion, what s a lady doctor, who is going to take care of her children Be pretty, be stupid and be married off one day out from under my feet Under my thumb, be this, stay poor An old woman who must have had no [...]

    2. This short and stupendous graphic novel made me realize that I ve been reading too many books written by men This may sound like a cliche, but there was no one you could ever imagine this author was not a woman It doesn t mean it a graphic novel for women, it s just that this is a book about being a woman and even though it s set in early 1900 s Lower East Side, a lot of of the decisions these two sisters have to make aren t very different from the choices that are presented to women nowadays Ar [...]

    3. This was a total total stunner Spanning several decades in the lives of two sisters in 1910s Lower East Side NYC, it s got incredibly evocative dark lined drawings and paints a really stark picture of the catch as catch can tenement life It was a perfect Jugs Capes choice, as it s just steeped in lady troubles, from pregnancy and its avoidabilities to abortion and its complexities, from prostitution to chastity to hypocrisy to many very different kinds of faith How to use your sexuality vs how t [...]

    4. Corman s absorbing book follows the lives of twin sisters Esther and Fanya, the children of Russian Jews, on the teeming streets of New York s Lower East Side Beginning in 1909 when the six year old girls work alongside their seamstress mother, the tale follows each of their divergent lives The young Fanya attracts the attention of the lady doctor Bronia, who performs illegal abortions Bronia teaches her how to read and mentors Fanya in the medical arts Corman s evocative portrayal of health car [...]

    5. Early twentieth century lower east side Jewish historical fiction, focused on women two twin sisters, one who becomes a prostitute actress women raising kids women gynecological doctors, prostitutes, moms, etc, but it s a women s world Gaps in the narrative give it a sort of loose feel, as we jump across time and the art has a kind of loose feel, too One other review used this word, Loose, I think, and I like that description Kept my attention, liked it, didn t love it, but it is a real contribu [...]

    6. My six cents 1 All over the place Individual chunks of the narrative never really connected, so I never felt it ultimately culminated in much Also cut off rather abruptly at the end.2 Depressing and hard to swallow but that doesn t weigh negatively for me though it may for you 3 Female inequalities plaguing the era in which it takes place early part of the 20th C USA played a big part, such as culturally acceptable bar from formal education consequently illiteracy , limited opportunities, even i [...]

    7. I don t know how you could give this graphic novel anything but 5 stars It s dazzling, dramatic, and devastating The characters are remarkable of their own merit and the plot is labyrinthine Such a refreshing departure from the linear narratives of other books in this genre Immigrant life in the early years of the 20th century in New York is illustrated in a dark, heavy hand that reflects hardship that is almost casual in its ubiquitousness The characters are perfectly flawed and set so gratifyi [...]

    8. A stressful read that left me with a lousy feeling What an awful boring story.Confusing dialogue Most characters look the same and for some reason, everyone s just angry all the time.

    9. Identical twins Esther and Fanya, daughters of an unhappily married Eastern European Jewish immigrant couple, struggle to make sense of life on the Lower East Side in the early part of the twentieth century The closer they get to adulthood, the they understand about the world, and the trapped, tangled and liberated they are by their individual ways of understanding Clearly there is no such thing as freedom, but within the confined spaces of history and circumstance, they each make fateful choi [...]

    10. Corman tells a short and moving story about two working class twin Jewish girls growing up in early 20th century New York The smart one, Fanya, becomes an apprentice to an underground family planning provider while the pretty one, Esther, joins the seedy entertainment underworld As a man, I am somewhat reticent to judge too harshly a story that deals mostly with women and their issues, so I ll start with the art It s distractingly bad It s better than I can draw, admittedly, but it nevertheless [...]

    11. Esther and Fanya are nearly identical twin sisters Esther has a beauty mark to differentiate herself from her sister growing up on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s Yet the paths they take as they grow are both similar and vastly different One goes to work for a madam, while the other apprentices under a midwife who also performs illegal abortions It is surprising to see which one flourishes, and which one suffers tragedy.I wanted to like this book so much than I did I loved the artwork I [...]

    12. Once upon a time there were six year old twin sisters, Esther and Fanya The sisters lived among the hustle and bustle of New York s Lower East Side circa 1910, a place where immigrants struggled to get their piece of the golden land This historical graphic novel explores the coming of age of these sisters their interests, the choices they make, the different lives they end up living The bold sketchy black and white art really worked for this story, and I liked the juxtaposition of their young in [...]

    13. Place this one up there with Marjane Satrapi s Persepolis and Craig Thompson s Blankets Honest, simple, devastating I think what intrigued me most about Corman s work is all of the panels she left out She is a master of pacing and time.

    14. Fanya and Esther are twins, Jewish, and growing up in the early 1900s Their mother believes that they will take over her dress shop, but both girls are pulled by very different interests in very different direction Fanya begins assisting a woman who performs illegal abortions and helps birth babies, and Esther begins assisting at a brothel As the girls grow older, they fall further in to these chosen professions, and their decisions pull them apart.I read this in one sitting because I didn t wan [...]

    15. Unterzakhn das heisst auf deutsch unterw sche erz hlt die geschichte der zwillinge esther und fanya anfang des 20 jahrhunderts in new york ihre eltern sind j dische immigrant_innen und sie leben im j dischen viertel new yorks ihre ziemlich dominante mutter erwartet, dass sie ihr in ihrem gesch ft helfen und h lt schulbildung f r unn tig, weil sie a irgendwann den laden bernehmen und b einen mann heiraten, f r den es nicht wichtig ist, ob sie lesen und schreiben k nnen zum leid der mutter entwick [...]

    16. Loved the art, the stories, and of course, the Yiddish, one of my favorite languages of all But the end felt incredibly abrupt I don t mean because of what happens, but because we don t follow anybody after what happens apologies for sounding like a crazy trying to avoid spoilers And sometimes I didn t understand the flashbacks, why they were inserted where they are in the story, and why they end where they do before we jump back to the present The extended backstory of the father s beginnings w [...]

    17. Unterzakhn chronicles the tale of two sisters as they grow up in 1910 New York It shows us the paths that they each take in order to gain some of the famed golden land of opportunity I enjoyed the storytelling of this particular graphic novel, as it reminded me of Maus at times It was not as depressing since the topic material is nowhere near as heavy, but it does a fine job of showing the idiosyncrasies in life Things never turn out the way that you think they are going to and sometimes opportu [...]

    18. Reread 8 20 2016 This is an ambitious work, at least it starts as such In its sweep, it remind me of the many immigrant and first generation novels that make up much of Jewish American literature in the first half of the twentieth century But there are a couple of aspects about this work that have me wondering The first is the ending, which seems at the same time both truncated and a bit sentimental The flashback with the young sisters at the very end may be an attempt to quickly shift the tone [...]

    19. This graphic novel was quite powerful, and while I know that many graphic novels have intense stories, this is the first one I read where I truly felt moved by the story I became emotionally involved in the characters even though the story jumps around from the late 1800s to the early 1900s The story of Fanya and Esther is an eye opening look at how women existed in the early part of the 20th century, with Esther becoming a prostitute actress and Fanya working with a female doctor, where she lea [...]

    20. Incredibly bold art, perfect for a story so wrought with the emotional extremes of the hard lived life I also loved the Greek chorus like vicious whispers that haunted the pages, in the background but unignorable However, most impressive is how precise it all is Leela Corman tells and shows exactly what you need to see to get the most from the story Nothing is gratuitous You can tell that every panel was painstakingly thought out and deliberately included This is what lends the so much umph to w [...]

    21. This book narrates what I always believed in that every family has terrible secrets Although the theme of abortion and prostitution is present it doesn t overwhelm the story In fact, this is of a sisterhood, love ,and Jewish soap opera tale Enjoy.

    22. The art was gorgeous and the premise was so appealing to me, but the whole thing was just bummer after bummer after bummer with no real story.

    23. Unterzakhn, underthings, is an apt description of the hidden nature of both immigrants and women at the turn of the century The artwork is poignant The Yiddish is excellent The story is tragic.

    24. I really wanted to like this book Unfortunately, it offers little than a series of tired tropes, undeveloped characters, and pretty awful dialogue Blah.

    25. It is rare in graphic novels to have a theme on women s lives and it is also rare in graphic novels to have a good narrative This book has both.

    26. Leela Corman s graphic Novel , Unterzakhn is almost all that The drawings are bold, making no compromises in the name of conventional modesty or modern notions of beauty Twin Jewish girls grow up poor in 1910 New York and live parallel but not such different lives The story is not one of an emigrant family making good but of half educated people surviving and attempting to make sense of an arbitrary world Depending on when this book comes into your life it will have enormous power or just seem l [...]

    27. This book has really stayed with me, and I wanted to say a few things about it now that it s been a few days since I finished it The women specifically, the sisters who serve as protagonists are so complicated, and even though this was sometimes hard to read, I love these women for their complexity Seeing Esther find power and learn to kind of rule over a domain that she finds for herself through Meyer, through film and through performance was my favorite piece of the plot because of the anti se [...]

    28. Unterzakhn Underthings in Yiddish is the story of an immigrant Jewish family in early 20th century NYC, especially their twin girls, Fanya and Esther As little girls, they share a bed and whisper secrets in the night, but as they get older their paths diverge Fanya learns to read from the local lady doctor obstetrician and illegal abortion provider and becomes her apprentice Esther starts dancing and helping out at the burlesque theatre and brothel Their parents fled the Cossacks in Russia Sadly [...]

    29. This graphic novel is about immigrant life in early twentieth century New York City Esther and Fanya, Jewish twin sisters, take radically different paths into adulthood Esther becomes a dancer and a prostitute, while Fanya becomes an assistant to a lady doctor providing contraception and abortions A tragic story and recommended historical fiction.

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