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by Betty Smith

  • ISBN: 0099427575
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Betty Smith
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Arrow Books (September 17, 1992)
  • Pages: 487
  • ePub book: 1864 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1403 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 213

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Topics for discussion. AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER BELOVED BOOK IN THE CANON, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn illustrates the limitations of plot description.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. In a particularly revealing chapter of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Francie's teacher dismisses her essays about everyday life among the poor as "sordid. Indeed, many of the novel's characters seem to harbor a sense of shame about their poverty, but they also display a remarkable self-reliance (Katie, for example, says she would kill herself and her children before accepting charity). In its nearly five hundred pages, nothing much happens.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a l 1943 novel written by Betty Smith. The story focuses on an impoverished but aspirational adolescent girl and her family living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, during the first two decades. The story focuses on an impoverished but aspirational adolescent girl and her family living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, during the first two decades of the 20th century. The book was an immense success.

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Every word of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a treat. I have never come across such a beautifully sculpted book before in my entire life. This was a book I would be one hundred percent content never finishing; I could keep reading it forever and ever.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn book. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith. This may well be one of the top 5 books I have ever read. It is an amazing piece of fiction & one of those books that stays with you long after you've read it. This was Betty Smith’s first novel and it is an American classic; it was an immediate bestseller when it was published in 1943. Smith drew from her own Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first time or last time: Then your time on earth will be filed with glory.

Betty Smith's 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'. It's a tragic and triumphant book about Francie Nolan, as her family struggles with poverty, alcoholism, and the brutal realities of life for an Irish-American family in Brooklyn, New York

Betty Smith's 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'. It's a tragic and triumphant book about Francie Nolan, as her family struggles with poverty, alcoholism, and the brutal realities of life for an Irish-American family in Brooklyn, New York. Here are a few quotes from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Everyone said it was a pity that a slight pretty woman like Katie Nolan had to go out scrubbing floors. But what else could she do considering the husband she had, they said. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Ch. 1. "Francie knew that mama was a good woman.

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 of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration.

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 of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences-a truly remarkable achievement for any writer. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a novel published in 1943 by the American author Betty Smith. The book was a reflection of Smith’s childhood as the daughter of poor German immigrants growing up in Brooklyn, New York. The book was a huge hit and became an immediate success. A film adaptation was made only two years later in 1945 and went on to win two Academy Awards. The book was also adapted into a Broadway Musical in 1951 which ran for 267 performances and a 1974 television movie adaptation.

Francie Nolan is a Brooklyn girl with a Brooklyn name and a Brooklyn accent. Her family are brave, devoted immigrants, struggling to survive and rise above the squalor, poverty and violence that surround their tenement home.

Comments

Dog_Uoll Dog_Uoll
I honestly don't know where to begin. This is a truly great novel. Years ago, I read this book but I did not, at the time, fully appreciate the consistently high quality of the prose, and the depth of the writer's insights into human nature and the world she describes in such detail for us. A few weeks ago I sat down and read it word for word from beginning to end and I was enormously moved by and impressed with it. The writing is rich, precise, brilliantly restrained and immensely satisfying. Francie is a true heroine, struggling to fulfill her dreams as a sensitive and creative young person in a harsh and often brutal environment. Her imagination and intelligence are beautifully revealed in pages filled with brilliant and wise observation, and simple incidents that can move you to tears. In many respects it's a heartbreaking novel, filled with suffering, and often deeply sad; but it's always enormously inspiring and somehow always entertaining. That some critics when it was published dismissed it as "sentimental" is hard to believe. It is anything but sentimental. ---- It is realism at its finest. Highly recommended. Truly an American classic.
Urreur Urreur
Highly recommended particulary for the under 18 and older than 12 crowd. This is the book that convinced my sixth grade self that I wasn't uncool for spending so much time reading and dreaming. For if those things were satisfying for Francie Nolan they were good enough for me. I loved the quiet pathos of the book. Francie's mother's determination to teach her children with nightly readings of William Shakespeare and the Bible are in stark contrast to their father's devil may care attitude. Her father encouraged Francie to dream big .. her mother taught her that dreams are fine as long as you keep one foot on the ground.

I think this book is equally compelling for adults. There are adult situations. Situations like alcoholism , deviant behavior, and death that serve as a perfect way to introduce and discuss these matters with young tweens and teens. It has been almost 80 years since publication but the novel has aged very well. After 40 years and rereadimg the book countless times Framcie Nolan is still my literary friend. This book is simply marvelous.
Gagas Gagas
Betty Smith wrote a classic, about very ordinary people, who just happened to live special lives. They are poor, very poor. The father is an alcoholic, but a dreamer, who wants to hand to moon for his wife and kids, but never can. We should hate him, but instead we see him through his daughter's eyes, and we understand. I first read this when I was in high school in the 60s. I was surprised when a classmate's mother forbid her to read it, Yes, it can get raw, poverty and reality are raw. I had no problem with it at 16, but I was never sheltered. I is a good story about a hard working mother, a young daughter who dreams like her dad, works like her mom and has a passion for learning. It is about the human spirit and all it is capable of.
Lemana Lemana
Seeing the world through the eyes of young Francie Nolan in the years just before and during WWI reveals a much different place than the Brooklyn of today. She and her brother grow up unsure of any schooling beyond elementary school. Their father works intermittently as a singing waiter, and their mother as a scrubwoman in the flats near theirs. Still, they read pages from Shakespeare and the Bible every night, and their mother trades flat cleaning and a supper meal for piano lessons. Frannie has a gift for writing, but has to contend with a teacher who believes that the only good literature is about beauty, and not true life. How Frannie achieves her goals shows us what was available to young girls in the 1910s and what the mindset of the era was.
Rleyistr Rleyistr
My favourite book of all time. I discovered this by accident, and when I read it I felt sure that it was written recently. Was surprised to learn the story's age. This wonderful, poignant, shocking, sad, beautiful, brilliant book was an instant re-read for me, and one I have re-read every year since that first time I read it.
Naril Naril
Every word of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a treat. I have never come across such a beautifully sculpted book before in my entire life. This was a book I would be one hundred percent content never finishing; I could keep reading it forever and ever. There’s no true plot to it in the way that life has no true plot. For that’s what this is, the story of someone’s life, the author’s really. It’s all of these vignettes which weave her life together in the most poetic way. But it isn’t annoying or clunky or just plain irritating like other books which try to do the same thing (A House on Mango Street, anyone? Ugh….) It doesn’t feel like mini stories until you go back at the end and try to say what exactly it was about. Only then do you realize the spider web the author wove, full of holes and yet strong, and beautiful, and complete. It’s stunning and heart wrenching but not sappily sentimental. It’s the kind of book and the kind of writing which will never die. If you haven’t already guessed, I recommend this book. Highly.
Marinara Marinara
This is another 'classic' that I have always thought I should read and just now finally completed, thanks to Amazon making it available as a daily special. While I am glad that I got to visit with some of the moments of absolute brilliance of the writing, after awhile I found the writing to be disjointed and that kept yanking me out of the story. It's almost as if this book was written to be a serial in a magazine and then later was put together as a 'novel'. Regardless, there truly are some moments that make me so glad that I am a reader. The human condition in the early years of the 1900's in Brooklyn is well documented in many books. And seeing it through a child's perspective is an added dimension. Ms. Smith proves that wealth is not about money, it's about one's moral compass. And life is not made by having no troubles, it's about what one does with the troubles they have. It's about what one does with what they have, making the most of things, and believing you are more than what your five senses would lead you to believe. Why only three stars? I didn't adore it, but I feel it's a classic that needs to be read.