New PDF release: An American in the Making: The Life Story of an Immigrant

By M. E. Ravage

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M.E. Ravage, one in all nearly million Jews, used to be lured by means of stories of good fortune to the USA on the flip of the 20th century. After studying a brand new language and discovering good fortune in university he penned a vibrant account of his personal assimilation. Steven G. Kellman brings Ravage's tale to lifestyles back during this new version, offering a quick biography and old and literary contexts. An American within the Making contributes to an knowing of the suggestion of ""America"" and continues to be well timed, specially while large immigration from Latin the US and Asia, demanding situations rules of nationwide identification.

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He changes too rapidly. But yesterday he was a solid citizen in his particular village of Sicily or Rumania, of a piece with his ancestral background, surrounded by friends and kindred, apparently rooted in his native soil. To-day he is adrift in a foreign world, mute and helpless and tragically ridiculous—a soul in purgatory, a human creature cut from its moorings, the most pitiable sight to be met on this earth. To-morrow? Who knows? To-morrow very probably you will find him a prosperous citizen again, very earnestly devoting himself to some strange—until recently undreamed-of—business, giving orders or taking them, even now perhaps a bit discordant against his new setting, and, except for one or two well-hidden scars, none the worse apparently for his translation.

There were railways that were wound up like clocks and ran around in their tracks like real trains, and dancing negroes, and squawking dolls, and jews’-harps, and scores of other delights for the palate as well as the fancy. And then the climax was capped when Couza himself drew forth out of that trunk of wonders the final package and proceeded to unwrap therefrom endless reams of tissue-paper, and just as his spectators were about to succumb to the torments of breathless curiosity, held it up and presented it to his old mother—a musical box to the value of twenty-five francs.

Later on, in his peculiar, transplanted life, he sells nondescript merchandise in fantastic vehicles, does violence to the American’s language, and sits down on the curb to eat fragrant cheese and unimaginable sausages. He is, for certain, a character fit for a farce. 7 8 • an american in the making So, I think, you see him, you fortunate ones who have never had to come to America. I am afraid that the pathos and the romance of the story are quite lost on you. Yet both are there as surely as the comedy.

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