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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)

door Betty Smith

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The story of the Nolan family, including daughter Francie, and life in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn during the early part of the 20th century.
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I first read this book when I was about Francie's age. Rereading it now I feel a bit like Francie looking back at her younger self at the end of the novel.

I feel that this novel gives me a glimpse into my parents' generation, and I cherish it for that. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
It seemed like most of my peers read this book when I was in my early teens (about 1960) down in the southwest. I should have read it then, because it is no book for a widely read old man. But many teens could learn a lot from it today if they have the patience, so I rate it on that basis.

But the book is topical in place (Brooklyn) and time (100 years ago), and told from a girl's viewpoint. That said, it is perceptive, informally educational, and well-written. Many female teens might enjoy it today. ( )
  KENNERLYDAN | Jul 11, 2021 |
I was never going to be objective about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, since it was one of my mother's all-time favorites and that was my primary reason for reading it. Still, I do think it's worthwhile, and reading it didn't make me as emotional as I feared it might. A friend I discussed it with who had also read it aptly described it as "episodic," and that is true, which made it a bit of a slow read for me. At times it reminded me of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, too, in its detailed description of life among the poor in America in a certain time and place. But it was a more personal book that that, one in which, as Anna Quindlen writes in the Foreword to the edition I read, "no matter what our backgrounds, we recognize ourselves." "Francie does not say 'good-bye' to the tenements or the tragedies," Quindlen continues, "but to the girl she once was, the illusions she once had, the life she once led." I loved how, despite all the hardships they endured, the characters of Francie and her brother Neeley look back on it all as having been fun. Betty Smith originally wrote the book as a memoir, and told her daughter that "she didn't write it the way it was, but the way it should have been," and that may be part of why my mother loved the story so. Like bookish Francie, my mother had a way of coloring history and life to make it more to her liking, and she identified heavily with the little girl who adored the flawed but loving father who, like hers, died too young.

There's a lovely little magazine essay by Smith in the end matter of this edition, called "Fall in Love With Life," in which she describes her childhood resolutions to not miss out on life and to write a book one day, which she did, despite all the difficulties she encountered along the way. In the essay she reflects on a Zola quote that lists the ingredients of a full life as: "to have a child, to plant a tree, to write a book," and is pleased to find that she has done all three. She says she "came to a clear conclusion and it is a universal one: To live, to struggle, to be in love with life--in love with all life holds, joyful or sorrowful--that is fulfillment. The fullness of life is open to us all." That sounds like a pretty good philosophy to me, and it's one that Francie seems poised to embrace by the end of this book. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
I read this a very long time ago in junior high school. It was the book everyone seemed to be reading and raving about. I remember I had to wait a long time for our school library's copy to come back so I could check it out. Parts of it have stuck with me over the years. I remembered her going to the library every day and trying to read all the books in alphabetical order. I remembered Francie's high school teacher calling her stories sordid and the hurt Francie felt. I even remembered the crazy newspaper clipping job she got in New York.

I am happy to say that the book stood up for me after all this time. The prose is simple, clear, and uncomplicated. This time through I found much more depth to the story. ( )
  riemerreads | Jul 10, 2021 |

Magnificent read- one of the best books I've ever read, hands down. I was reading this on a camping vacation sitting in my camping chair in the forest, yet I was transported to the Brooklyn tenements by the author. The coming of age story of this scrappy kid in the city was marvelous and I would highly recommend it to readers looking for a novel to thoroughly immerse you. ( )
  ABQcat | Jun 19, 2021 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Smith, Bettyprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Burton, KateVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Dillard, AnnieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Fields, AnnaVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Hall, BarnabyArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Kazin, AlfredNawoordSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Pagani, DanielaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Pietribiasi, AntonellaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Quindlen, AnnaVoorwoordSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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There's a tree that grows in Brooklyn. Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to reach the sky. It grows in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly. . .survives without sun, water, and seemingly without earth. It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it.
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Francie came away from her first chemistry lecture in a glow. In one hour she had found out that everything was made up of atoms which were in continual motion. She grasped the idea that nothing was ever lost or destroyed. Even if something was burned up or left to rot away, it did not disappear from the face of the earth; it changed into something else—gases, liquids, and powders. Everything, decided Francie after that first lecture, was vibrant with life and there was no death in chemistry. She was puzzled as to why learned people didn’t adopt chemistry as a religion.
Dear God, let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well-dressed. Let me be sincere- be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.
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