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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)

de 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 actually loved this one. I know it gives a lot of seemingly unnecessary detail, but as the kids and I are covering US history close to the time period, I actually found it captivating. It's so fun to find fiction that surrounds you so well in a specific time and place, and Smith is wonderful at weaving not only plot but setting. Her characters are solid, well-fleshed-out, in spite of the number of years the volume spans. I was sincerely sad to say goodbye to Francie. ( )
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
A wonderful coming of age story about a girl and her family in Brooklyn in the early 1900's. It is interesting to see the issues of that time period are not much different from what people face today by those just struggling to get by. I think that I was surprised by that. ( )
  foof2you | Feb 8, 2021 |
One of the best books I have read. The thing that struck me most about this book is that this book kept on getting better with each chapter. The last 12 or so were my favourites. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
This was THE sweetest. It was like Anne of Green Gables following the coming of age of an insightful headstrong girl but with poverty in early 1900s Brooklyn instead.

Francie had completely captured my heart with her individualism and strength by the end of the first chapter, let alone the end of the book. Usually, the uselessness or the precocity of a child protagonist can be very off-putting. However, here Smith imbues Francie with such authenticity - capturing so accurately the feelings and extremely straightforward if-then logic of childhood as children seek to categorise the unfamiliar aspects of the world that they're bombarded with everyday - that it becomes a tender reminder and reminisce of bygone childhoods.

Beyond Francie, Smith filled out the story with an unforgettable, well-realised cast of characters. Each character - along with their own backstories and innermost thoughts and flaws - contributed a realistic dimension to Francie's life with relationships, anecdotes, opinions, and disagreements.

And aside from the fantastically-drawn cast, the book dealt with a lot more social issues than I expected, and in a youth-accessible manner via Smith's effectively simple prose. In particular, I appreciate its honesty in portraying the external shaming and societal discrimination that people in poverty experience.

The ending, although clearly set up early in the book with the sudden appearance of McShane, remains very odd to me. That Francie and Neeley have basically pulled themselves out of poverty is already heartwarming and inspiring, perhaps a perfect ending. The windfall of McShane feels almost too fairytale-esque, like A Little Princess, that it nudges the story into slightly-unbelievable circumstances. Is the idea that Katie is also getting a happy ending here?

Title Note: Prior to reading this book, I had seen Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on a few book lists of Books about Girls and Women. So when I found this book at the bookshop last year, I was very intrigued, was Betty Smith just very big about writing about titular trees? But no, this is just an alternate title of the same book. ( )
  kitzyl | Jan 31, 2021 |
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Smith, Bettyautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Burton, KateNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dillard, Annieautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fields, AnnaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hall, BarnabyArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Kazin, AlfredPosfácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pagani, DanielaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pietribiasi, AntonellaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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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