Under the ribs of death and what it means to be a Canadian

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Canada is a land whose occupants could trace their origins to immigrants coming from different parts of the world most of which came from Europe. Nowadays, the country is seeing a wave of immigrants from North America and Asia as well. …

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Canada is a land whose occupants could trace their origins to immigrants coming from different parts of the world most of which came from Europe. Nowadays, the country is seeing a wave of immigrants from North America and Asia as well. Set in the immigrant community of Winnipeg's North End, Under the Ribs of Death follows the progress of young Sandor Hunyadi as he struggles to cast off his Hungarian background and become a "real Canadian." Embittered by poverty and social humiliation, Sandor rejects his father's impractical idealism and devotes himself single-mindedly to becoming a successful businessman.This nature of being immigrants and the experiences the immigrants had in the past were portrayed in John Marlyn's Under the Ribs of Death. Equipped with a new name and a hardened heart, he is close to realizing his ambition when fortune's wheel takes an unexpected - and possibly redemptive - turn.Combining social realism and moral parable, Under the Ribs of Death is John Marlyn's ironic portrayal of the immigrant experience in the years leading up to the Great Depression. As a commentary on the problems of cultural assimilation, this novel is as relevant today as it was when first published in 1957.Since its publication, Under the Ribs of Death has been recognized as a vivid recreation of Winnipeg's multiethnic North End in the 1920s, a subtle analysis of racial prejudice and its consequences, and the first significant revelation of Hungarian immigrant experience in English Canada. ...
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