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Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People (Classic Reprint)

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Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar PeopleIts narrow streets have no specialty of architecture its dirt is not picturesque. It is no longer the stage for the high-buskined tragedy of massacre and martyrdom; only for the obscurer, deeper tragedy that evolves from the pressure of its own inward forces, and the long-drawn-out tragi - comedy of sordid and shifty poverty. Natheless, this London Ghetto of ours is a region where, amid uncleanness anddy of sordid and shifty poverty. Natheless, this London Ghetto of ours is a region where, amid uncleanness and squalor, the rose of romance blows yet a little longer in the raw air of English reality; a world which hides beneath its stony and unlovely surface an inner world cf dreams, fantastic and poetic as the mirage of the Orient where they were woven, of superstitions grotesque as the cathedral gargoyles of the Dark Ages in which they had birth. And over all lie tenderly some streaks of celestial light shining from the face of the great Lawgi'z/er.T he folk who compose our pictures are children of the Ghetto; their faults are bred of its hovering miasma of persecution, their virtues straitened and intensified by the narrowness of its hori zon. And they who have won their way beyond its boundaries must still play their parts in tragedies and comedies tragedies of spiritual struggle, comedies of material ambition which are the aftermath of its centuries of dominance, the sequel of that long cruel night in 7ewry which coincides with the C hris tian Era. If they are not the Children, they are at least the Grandchildren of the Ghetto.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more