Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

For the month of October I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith as part of the Classics Bookclub at 5 Minutes for Books. I am amazed that I have not read this book before now. I read tons of books in school. I am very grateful that I read this book. This is the story of Francie Nolan who grows up in pre WWI Brooklyn. Her family and her are very poor but in the end she still looks upon her childhood with a certain fondness. The book is full of memorable characters like her aunts and grandmother. It is not a fast paced novel but a journey throughout the Nolans life. I was a little unhappy with the ending. I wanted to know what definitely happens to Francie. Over all even though it deals sometimes with difficult subject matter I do highly recommend this.

6 comments:

Alyce said...

I agree, even though it deals with difficult topics, it is a great book!

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Carol said...

I hadn't even heard of it before I read it. But I loved it too.

Sue A. said...

If you liked this book by Ms. Smith you should read her other book "Joy in the Morning".

ibeeeg said...

Yes, this book deals with difficult topics and dealt with well.

Charley said...

Francie Nolan is definitely one of the strongest female protagonists I have come across in literature. I just loved her. And even though the book is not fast paced, as you say, I really enjoyed taking my time along her journey.