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Yekl

A Tale of the New York Ghetto

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Author: Abraham Cahan
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,600 / 86 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,483
Added to site: 2007.09.17
mnybks.net#: 18247
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usty kicks, it seemed to be swiftly carrying him away from the apparition which had the effect of receding, as a wayside object does from the passenger of a flying train, until it lost itself in a misty distance, other visions emerging in its place.

It was some three years before the opening of this story that Jake had last beheld that very image in the flesh. But then at that period of his life he had not even suspected the existence of a name like Jake, being known to himself and to all Povodye--a town in northwestern Russia--as Yekl or Yekel.

It was not as a deserter from military service that he had shaken off the dust of that town where he had passed the first twenty-two years of his life. As the only son of aged parents he had been exempt from the duty of bearing arms. Jake may have forgotten it, but his mother still frequently recurs to the day when he came rushing home, panting for breath, with the "red certificate" assuring his immunity in his hand. She nearly fainted for happiness. And

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