Christ in Concrete by Pietro di Donato audiobook
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Christ in Concrete

By Pietro di Donato
Preface by Studs Terkel
Introduction by Fred Gardaphe
Read by Mark Bramhall

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Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798400117596

  • ISBN: 9798400117596

Runtime: 8.95 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Giving voice to the hardworking Italian immigrants who worked, lived, and died in New York City shortly before the Great Depression, this American classic ranks with Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as one of the 20th century's great works of social protest.

Largely autobiographical, Christ in Concrete opens with the dramatic Good Friday collapse of a building under construction, crucifying in concrete an Italian construction worker, whose death leaves his pregnant wife and eight children impoverished. His oldest son, Paul, at just 12 years old, must take over his father's role—and his job.

Paul's odyssey into manhood begins on the high girders where death is an occupational hazard and a boy's dreams are the first fatality. Written in sonorous prose that recalls the speaker's Italian origins, Pietro di Donato's Christ in Concrete is at once a powerful social document and a deeply moving story about the American immigrant experience. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Written in white-hot passion.” New Yorker
“Robust and full-blooded and passionate…Sometimes one feels as though bricks and stones and trowelfuls of mortar have been thrown onto the pages and from them have arisen words.” Saturday Review

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Author

Author Bio: Pietro di Donato

Author Bio: Pietro di Donato

Pietro di Donato (1911-1992) was bornin West Hoboken, New Jersey. When his bricklayer father, Geremio, died in a building collapse in 1923, he left school to support his family as a construction worker. Though he had little formal education, he loved French and Russian novels and took night classes at the city college in construction and engineering. Inspired by the works of Émile Zola, he decided to begin writing about his experiences in the Italian American community. In 1937 the first version of Christ in Concrete—a chronicle of his father’s life—was published in Esquire. It was then expanded into a novel and became a bestseller. He wrote five more books in his lifetime. 

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English