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Out of This Furnace
Out of This Furnace
Author: Thomas Bell
Out of This Furnace : A Novel of Immigrant Labor in America is Thomas Bell's most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family -- the Dobrejcaks -- still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment. — The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djur...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780822952732
ISBN-10: 0822952734
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 424
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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mygraymorning avatar reviewed Out of This Furnace on + 62 more book reviews
Now that I have finished Out of this Furnace, I feel like I should work harder and love smarter. This multigenerational novel explores the plight of Slovak Immigrants from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Its an eye opening look at their history, dreams and desires. Bell's novel (which is based on real-life events) exposes the early origins of America's cheap labor addiction.

This was my first foray into historical fiction, and I found these characters to be simple, yet inspirational. I was moved by the relationships, friendships and the family dynamics. I was appalled by the evils that constantly threatened to ruin dreams, take lives, and keep these workers in a continuous cycle of poverty.
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Very interesting look at immigrant laborers in America. You begin to care about the chracters while reading this story.
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Awesome book! This story takes you in to the personal world on new immigrants at the turn of the last century. It's a great read and hard to put down.