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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)

door Betty Smith

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family's erratic and eccentric behavior??such as her father Johnny's taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy's habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce??no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans' life lacked drama.

By turns heartbreaking and uplifting, the Nolans' daily experiences are raw with honestly and tenderly threaded with family connectedness. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life??from "junk day" on Saturdays, when the children traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. Here is an American classic that "cuts right to the heart of life," hails the New York Times. "If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experien… (meer)

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As compelling a read as the first time I read it as a 13 year old girl half a century ago. Beautiful period piece that has stood up well through the passage of time. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
Story of a family living in early 1900?s in Brooklyn in poverty conditions and they survived.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
i know this isn't a popular opinion, but this book is very much just okay for me. i thought maybe i'd like this better this time around, but i feel pretty much the same about it as the first time i read it over a decade ago. i really liked the first 70 or so pages. the next 50 were alright. the almost 250 after that a real slog where it felt like a collection of little stories she was trying to make work together as a whole; like she was stuffing together a bunch of vignettes that were supposed to be a cohesive story. and they fit together, but the writing was stiff and uninteresting and the stories themselves felt overdone. then it suddenly became more readable again, and i liked the last 75 or so pages.

"After Election, the politicians forgot their promises and enjoyed an earned rest until New Year, when they started work on the next Election."

i like her point, i like her message (except for some things toward the end that i wasn't totally on board with), i like the light she was shining on poverty and a way of life that was not supposed to be written about. it's just overly long and not the best book of its kind that tells this story. (1.5 stars)

from sept 2011: not particularly well written, but tells a clear picture of life in a certain time and place, for the poorer part of society. (2 stars) ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jan 22, 2024 |
I somehow missed reading this book back when i was a teenager. In fact, i had never heard of it until recently. But i will definitely be recommending it to my daughter - and any other teenaged girls. Or any other grown-up girls who can appreciate coming-of-age-type books. ( )
  karenhmoore | Jan 1, 2024 |
last read (paperback) in highschool ( )
  ravco | Nov 15, 2023 |
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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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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. HTML:

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family's erratic and eccentric behavior??such as her father Johnny's taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy's habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce??no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans' life lacked drama.

By turns heartbreaking and uplifting, the Nolans' daily experiences are raw with honestly and tenderly threaded with family connectedness. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life??from "junk day" on Saturdays, when the children traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. Here is an American classic that "cuts right to the heart of life," hails the New York Times. "If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experien

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