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Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood
Bronx Primitive Portraits in a Childhood
Author: Kate Simon
The classic, unforgettable memoir of a young girl's coming of age, Bronx Primitive recalls the vitality of an immigrant neighborhood through the unsentimental eyes of a child. With an unerring eye for detail and an iridescent, clear-eyed prose, Kate Simon captures the particular world of her childhood as well as the universal uncertainties and t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780140263312
ISBN-10: 0140263314
Publication Date: 8/1/1997
Pages: 192
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio Cassette
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This was an engrossing look at the world of the immigrant child. Much of the story recounts Ms. Simon's own personal coming-of-age, but don't let that deter you if you are tired of coming-of-age stories. (I am.) This one is definitely unique.

I was fascinated by Simon's lyrical use of language while simultaneously often appalled or horrified by her experiences. I must give the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, 5 stars for her reading of the book. Her masterful rendition of various New York immigrant accents would make the book worthwhile even if the prose were not so delicious.
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