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by Thomas Bell

  • ISBN: 0822933217
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Thomas Bell
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press (1976)
  • Pages: 424
  • ePub book: 1457 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1781 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 723

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Out of This Furnace is a historical novel and the best-known work of the American writer Thomas Bell. It was first published in 1941 by Little, Brown and Company.

Out of This Furnace is a historical novel and the best-known work of the American writer Thomas Bell. The novel is set in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a steel town just east of Pittsburgh, along the Monongahela River

Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family - the Dobrejcaks - still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment

Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family - the Dobrejcaks - still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment. The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven.

Thomas Bell was born Adalbert Thomas Belejcak in Braddock, Pennsylvania, in 1903. Other Books Related to Out of This Furnace. He was the son of Michael and Mary Belejcak, ethnic Slavs who immigrated to Braddock from the Sarisa province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Bell started work in the steel mill at age fifteen, first as an apprentice electrician. Thomas Bell wrote Out of This Furnace during the Great Depression of the 1930s and published it on the cusp of America’s Depression-ending entrance into World War II.

Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family - the Dobrejcaks - still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment

Thomas Bell and his novel "Out of This Furnace". Three generations line, character's overview. George Kracha’s story of immigration into America is well described in the novel ‘Out of This Furnace’ that was written by Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell and his novel "Out of This Furnace". Out of This Furnace essay. George Kracha’s story of immigration into America is well described in the novel ‘Out of This Furnace’ that was written by Thomas Bell. In this novel, there is a series of related stories of different characters that faced hardships as they tried to migrate to America after the civil war in Europe. The slovak immigrants were faced with hardships in looking for jobs in their new home as they tried to fight the poverty and life hardships. The characters in this novel have relatively similar issues affecting them with the major challenge being poverty.

UGC Certified Member. Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell. Characters in the book experience both good and bad economic times, factory work, small business ownership, marraige, family life, and the death of close friends and co-workers. They also directly particicpate in real historical events such as the Homestead steel strike. is told in four parts, each part as a third-person narrative of one character’s life. One thing I did not like about the book is that it is difficult to remember the names of characters. The author sometimes uses names out of context, so some parts may not make sense if you forgot.

Thomas Bell (novelist). This Study Guide consists of approximately 53 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Out of This Furnace. Print Word PDF. This section contains 477 words (approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page). Out of This Furnace Summary & Study Guide Description. Out of This Furnace Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections: Plot Summary.

Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell's most compelling achievement.

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Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement.  Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family -- the Dobrejcaks -- still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment.

The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, his later migration to the steel mills of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and his eventual downfall through foolish financial speculations and an extramarital affair. The second generation is represented by Kracha’s daughter, Mary, who married Mike Dobrejcak, a steel worker. Their decent lives, made desperate by the inhuman working conditions of the mills, were held together by the warm bonds of their family life, and Mike’s political idealism set an example for the children. Dobie Dobrejcak, the third generation, came of age in the 1920s determined not to be sacrificed to the mills. His involvement in the successful unionization of the steel industry climaxed a half-century struggle to establish economic justice for the workers.

Out of This Furnace is a document of ethnic heritage and of a violent and cruel period in our history, but it is also a superb story. The writing is strong and forthright, and the novel builds constantly to its triumphantly human conclusion.

Comments

Doukree Doukree
I bought this book primarily for its historical content, and I was absolutely delighted by how much I enjoyed it. I became involved in the interesting characters and powerful description immediately, and really couldn't put the book down. What impressed me beyond the story itself was the quality of the writing. Thomas Bell is an amazing writer! His level of detail is exquisite. He crafts a good character and is not afraid to make those characters flawed. The raw honesty of his language is remarkably contemporary.

Yes, this is a historical novel about immigration in the late 19C and early 20C. Based on the author's own family story, its historical accuracy is impressive. I can see from other reviewers that this has been used in history courses; this book truly has the authority to be taught and discussed in any class on immigration history. The message it bears, about how the Slovak immigrants were treated, is very relevant to us today. So many groups have come into the USA and been treated as less than human, despite the fact that their labor fueled the large American industrial corporations and brought them great profit. Every United States citizen who traces her or his heritage to an immigrant needs to read this book.
Road.to sliver Road.to sliver
Thomas Bell's "Out of This Furnace" is a powerful saga that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of three generations of the Dobrejcaks, a Slovak-American family in the Pittsburgh-area steel-making city of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Bell's clean, disciplined, no-nonsense prose style complements well his story of people who cope with entrenched ethnic discrimination while seeking to build their own American dream within the dangerous world of the Braddock steel mills. Because Bell drew upon his own family's history (his original family name was Belejcak), he writes with authenticity and verisimilitude about the steel towns -- not just the specifics of a mill's operation, but also the grim look of a steel-making community and the strained social dynamic between supervisors and workers.

In Bell's multi-generational saga, the immigrant first generation is personified by George Kracha, who comes to America, struggles to cope with the bewildering transition from old-country traditions to a new life in the United States, and makes some bad choices that cancel out the initial promise of his life in America. The second generation is represented by Mike and Mary Dobrejcak, who work hard and do their best but run up against tragic circumstance. And the third generation is embodied by Dobie, a young man who learns, through becoming involved in labor activism, how to fight back effectively against the injustices of 20th-century American industrial life.

Pittsburgh-area readers may particularly enjoy the way in which this novel chronicles part of the history of Western Pennsylvania. This University of Pittsburgh edition of "Out of This Furnace" includes a helpful afterword by Pennsylvania literature scholar David Demarest of Carnegie-Mellon University. I think that Bell's ancestors who labored so hard in the steel mills would have taken pride in the spirit of conscientious workmanship with which Bell crafted this strong and effective novel.
Androrim Androrim
Out of this Furnace by Thomas Bell is a powerful, emotional and well written reminder of what it is to be American. This book is the fictional account of 3 generations of a Slovak family that immigrated to America and got caught up in the Steel mills in Pennsylvania during the late 19th and early 20th century. As with any family one only hopes that each generation moves up a little in life.

Out of This Furnace, is a tale of human labor and fight for the basic American rights we take for granted. In so many cases, many think of the first Americans as those pilgrims arriving in wooden sailing ships and traders that fought Indians. Thomas Bell reminds us that everyday new Americans arrive here from different lands besides England, Ireland, Scotland or Germany. Here we have a Slovak family, from poor peasant roots in Eastern Europe who sailed in steerage on steel ships and find them selves working for Irish and English Foremen and Managers. These Slovaks have a little known Ethnic pride that the book helps bring out. As in all tales it is full of the human tragedy that haunted the factories of the early 1900's. Some chapters made me smile and laugh out loud while others brought tears to my eyes and made me really think about my own life and worth.

This book would be excellent for anyone interested in Slovak immigrants, the Steel mill labor movement or just a good ol' tale of the pursuit of the American dream from a different perspective. A page turner, heart tugging reminder of what America is about and how no matter how hard, life moves forward and time marches on.
Yananoc Yananoc
Awesome book describing how my grandparents suffered but prevailed by coming to the United States. This book should be required for every person to read, only then would people understand what exactly happened to immigrants in this country and how EVERYONE can earn respect and wealth in this country.
Jugami Jugami
The trials and tribulations of the early Slovak settlers to the United States by following the life of one of them and his friends in the Steel Mills of Pennsylvania. Chapters are short making for easy bedtime reading. Although I have not finished reading the book I have found the facts pretty accurate based on my having grown up with some of these people in Trenton, NJ. and Ebervale, PA (outside of Hazleton) as the son and grandson of Coal Miners and Steel Workers.