The author writes in the tongue of the people he is letting us look at. The turn of the century time when we are lead to believe of a easier by gone time, however, not in this telling. Reading this book was like watching a train wreck so horrible that you could not stand to see it but were unable to turn away. I became emotionally entwined with the young boy, hated his father, all the emotions a good read should bring out.
i found this novel to be difficult to get into, and i would skip entire passages because of the way they were written. parts of it are written to imitate what's going on in the mind of a young boy, but i do not remember my mind every doing anything of the sort when i was that age. the story, itself, is interesting, which is how i made it to the end. there are definite twists and turns, but i did not care for the manner in which the author wrote the story.
I loved this book, it is so much more than it's description on the back. This is the definitive immigrant story, it's educational with its empathy for it's characters and its poetry! If you ever wanted to know about the evolution of accents and language, as I did, this the book for you. just deciphering the street vernacular is a real kick!
I had to read this for a college course. Although it is full of interesting details of the immigrant experience, it can be very slow. I don't think I finished it.