A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
Book Jacket Summary
The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.
“The world was hers for the reading.”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I grew up watching the1945 A Tree Grows In Brooklyn over and over because it was my Mom's favorite movie and book. In my mind this is a perfect movie and I never wanted to read the book because the movie holds such a strong place in my heart. Now I can say that the book will hold a place in my heart just as strong. I cannot believe I waited so long to read it but at the same time I am glad that I read it when I was older and could understand some of the more complex themes that comes out of the writing. This is one of those books that they use as universal truths and make you write papers about but it is also just a good book about a girl growing up.
I think it was funny how thing do not change- they changed sauerkraut to Liberty Cabbage because of the war, just like the Freedom Fries movement. There are so many parts that made me think that our world remains the same even with all our advances. Some children want to learn and struggle to achieve despite their disadvantages. Francie is that child and even finds a way to get into a better school with her fathers help.
I highly recommend that you read the book and see the movie, though it might be difficult because it is not out on DVD. If you see it on TCM you should give it a go.
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