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  1. A portrayal of interwar immigrant Canadian society
    1. The everyday life of a working-class family
    2. Working conditions
    3. Religious welfare
    4. Social inequalities
    5. A conservative vision of family
  2. The immigrant dream and issues
    1. Winnipeg, a city of immigration
    2. The immigrant dream
    3. The assimilation issue
    4. The representation of immigrants in books
    5. Climbing the social scale
    6. The economic crisis

Under the ribs of death is a novel written by John Marilyn that takes place in Winnipeg during the interwar period. It is the story of Sandor Hunyadi, a young boy from a Hungarian working-class family, who dreams of becoming rich and integrated in the Canadian society.

The book shows Sandor's and his family's day to day life, and all the issues they have to face as immigrants. It focuses on Sandor's effort to become a rich Canadian and the conflict between his immigrant dream and the social reality.

Part one is about Sandor's childhood, his goals and the social humiliation and difficulties he encounters as an immigrant.

Part two is about the beginning of his adulthood, his attempt to become wealthy, his marriage, and the impact of the Great Depression on his life. This book is very interesting from an historical point of view, because we can understand better the social, cultural and religious context of this post World War One period. The novel helps to figure out the living condition of workers.

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