Alfred Kazin is a teacher and literary critic, author of that excellent It is called “A Walker in the City” and it is Mr. Kazin’s loving and artfully. Alfred Kazin burst onto the American literary scene in , when his first book, ” On “A Walker in the City,” his second, signaled the other direction his career. More than six decades after its initial publication, Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in the City () occupies a curious place in the canons of Jewish-American and.

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Incredibly lyrical book detailing childhood in s Brooklyn. During the course of his memoir, though, he’s a boy.

Identity, urban development, memory, bygone eras, etc. Kazin vividly records it all.

A Walker in the City

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Kazin has recorded the sordid and unpleasant as well as the colorful and touching. In the midst of the current antihumanistic trend in literary theory, Kazin remains a literary critic of the old school, believing in the relevance of literature to modern life. The Way to Highland Park.

One example from dity the end, during the very hot summer of his sixteenth year: Trivia About A Walker in cihy City. As a work of descriptive, emotional, lyrical writing, “A Walker in the City” is good. A classic portrayal of the Jewish immigrant culture of the s. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Really liked this a lot. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Altred to this book The One Best System: Kazin did not become absorbed as a boy in American history and literature, particularly in the nineteenth-century American past of New York City.


From the moment I step off the train at Rockaway Avenue and smell the leak out of the men’s room, then the pickles from the stand just below the subway steps, an instant rage comes over me, mixed with dread and some unexpected tenderness A New York must!

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Instead of encompassing the entire city, Kazin’s focus is more local: View a FREE sample. At waker time, I looked around for his other work, and read about A Walker in the Cityand about how well-regarded it was.

Kazin’s is one of those memoirs that I normally would have passed over: Allowed me to live another person’s discovery of life and words through walking the streets of East Brooklyn and beyond.


It’s a lovely little time capsule and glimpse into for me a different life in a different world. You pretty much have Alfred Kazin. Kazin was vocal in his opposition to this use of his memoir. May 29, Thomas Breen rated it it was amazing. It is beautifully nostalgic. I’ve never been much of a fan of memoirs, something about them has never resonated with me. But it was not so foreign that Mr. Of course I’ve vaguely heard of this book forever, but I had to have it literally thrust into my hands to akzin start reading tbe.

There, in damp and crowded tenements, Jews from Poland and Russia lived intimately together and regarded the rest of the world, whether the Italian section a few blocks away or the far mystery of Manhattan, as “Beyond. This book is bathed in both, but to beautiful effect, giving us a window onto one of the city’s many lost worlds – long gone even as Kazin is writing over 60 years ago – a welcome antidote to the latest article that talks about Brooklyn being “discovered” ten years ago or some such.


There are few anecdotes about particular events. To ask other readers questions about A Walker in the Cityplease sign up. This last is particularly noteworthy in that Socialism was, at least in his youth, both a beacon of hope and a real chance that true equality and true freedom can be realized.

A Walker in the City

Others were still part of the city of my childhood day—the street games handball, box ball, and other variations life before universal air-conditioning, and stoops and candy stores as cultural centers. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Cole’s meditative story about an immigrant doctor in residence wandering New York City reflecting on what he sees and the rich brew of thoughts it all brings to mind reminded me of Kazin’s memoir because that’s how I remembered it.

Contact Contact Us Help. This is a beautifully detailed description of the ambiance of walking through ‘s Brooklyn.