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Call It Sleep

A Novel
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Lauded as the most profound novel of Jewish life ever written by an American, Call It Sleep seamlessly weaves together the searing pains and subtle joys of immigrant life in New York’s Lower East Side. It is the story of David Schearl, a dangerously imaginative little boy who arrives from Eastern Europe in 1907. Shock by shock, he is exposed to the blows - and occasional pleasures - of life in the crowded tenements.

©1962 Henry Roth (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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masterful reading by George Guidall...i doubt I...

could have read all of this book since there are times it does go into long strange almost incoherent dialog BUT to hear Guidall read it kept me hooked. He did a magnificent job with the accents and pronunciations of the Yiddish dialect.
If people had been able to listen to the performance when it came out in 1935 (?), it most certainly would be one of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, IMO/

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brilliant

i read this book in the 1960's. it had been written and released in the 1930's to good reviews but little readership. those of us who were in our 20's in the 1960's have never forgotten it...incredibly well written, painfully living the world of the child in a strange land, that of an immigrant child and of childhood itself. i was spellbound listening to george guidall's amazing reading. this is a classic american novel.

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Very good. An A1 Story, well written, well read.

loved it. Read the book years ago, glad to see it offered in Audio format!

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nothing there

Would you try another book from Henry Roth and/or George Guidall?

No more Henry Roth. Yes to George Guidall as I love his voice.

What was most disappointing about Henry Roth’s story?

It promised to give me a look into the life of a jewish child immigrant living in New York. It didn"t. The story is full of half thoughts and sentences which I could not understand. More than half of the book is about "Mama, oh, oh, oh".

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

The rabbi.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

Any additional comments?

No.

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