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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 loved this book so much that I bought the t-shirt. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
I have finally decided to read this classic. Although I have seen the movie, I had not previously read the novel.
Coming of age story in the 1910s, Francie Nolan and her family live in a tenement building in Brooklyn. Francie adores her father, but he is a drunk. Her mother works hard, but with 2 young children, they live very poorly. Francie loves school, esp. English, but realities of life uproot her dreams. Katie, Francie's mom, and Katie's sisters try to keep the family afloat and to teach Francie about love, life, successes, and disappointments. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, I am glad I finally read the novel. ( )
  rmarcin | Aug 9, 2022 |
“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

This is my favorite book in the world.

I love it beyond belief and it inspired me to read.

I am to tired to write a full review of this one right now but will do so in the following days and weeks. Voted for this in "the world's best book" competition.

Actually no, I cannot do a long review of such an amazing book. This book is a part of my soul and I still know people who haven’t read it. I can’t even remember where I was when I first read this book. I fell in love with it and the characters became a part of me. It remains my favorite book ever.

Anyone who hasn’t read this is missing out on a masterpiece. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 4, 2022 |
A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel of a young girl named Frannie, born in Brooklyn, New York, in the early 20th century, into a dirt poor family with very little to her name. Frannie's life is especially difficult and this story follows her journey of overcoming her adversities. She literally has to start from the bottom, and crawl her way up to an upright position. This novel preaches about the toughness of life, and particularly how life is almost never fair. From collecting junk with her brother to sell in order to make a living, to being made fun of at school for not having clean clothes, to losing her father, we follow Frannie's journey as she discovers her own identity as a woman and as a survivor. Through her we experience the ruthless grasp that poverty has on the life of an individual, their mental and physical health, as well as their surroundings. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is possibly one of my most favorite books ever. Even though this book is simple in concept and does not have a lot of plot, its language is so captivating and immersive that it is impossible to put down. It is a harsh and realistic story, that tugs at your heart strings. It is not an easy read, and there are no rainbows and fairies and great times, but it is a brilliant read nonetheless. Betty Smith's genius really shows in her debut novel. ( )
  DYangg | Jul 19, 2022 |
recommended mm.dave
  jchinique | Jul 11, 2022 |
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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
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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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