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 »riumphs of a young girl on the threshold of womanhood.« less
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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.