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  1. Mightyshyguy Mightyshyguy says:

    This book showed me that than money happiness is a good character family and friends The riches of life are the moments you take with you into old ageAlso this is my new favorite book it lives under my pillow until i read something else that will inspire me


  2. Harold Titus Harold Titus says:

    I need to be reminded periodically of what a masterful writer’s attention to detail character portrayal and replication of human kindnesses and cruelties accomplishes Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is an excellent example This book is about poor people in Brooklyn living against the odds before and during World War I It is especially about strong women – the Rommely women – Mary the grandmother; Mary’s three daughters Sissy Katie and Evy; and most particularly granddaughter Francie all “made out of thin invisible steel” It is also about their husbands and neighbors shopkeepers and school children teachers and co workers It is a compelling detailed slice of life as the author must have experienced itFrancie Nolan the book’s main character born in 1902 is eleven in the novel’s first chapter Living in poverty in Brooklyn with her brother Neeley a year younger than she her truthful resolute practical mother Katie and her empathetic unrealistic drunkard father Johnny she exhibits already what Katie’s uneducated but wise mother Mary Rommely had advised Katie about raising her two children “’The child must have a valuable thing which is called imagination It is necessary that she believe Then when the world becomes too ugly for living in the child can reach back and live in her imagination’” Francie has imagination When Katie pointed out to her mother that the child growing up would find out things for herself her mother responded “’It is a good thing to learn the truth one’s self To first believe with all your heart and then not to believe fattens the emotions and makes them to stretch When as a woman life and people disappoint her she will have had practice in disappointment and it will not come so hard Do not forget that suffering is good too It makes a person rich in character’” Early on Francie shunned by girls her own age fantasizes about the lives of people she observes from the fire escape landing outside her window lives in the stories of the library books she reads and plays games with imaginary friends She loves her imperfect father deeply Over the course of five years she experiences nastiness cruelty grieves yet perseveres At the book’s end she is rich in characterThese scenes in particular moved meWhen Francie had been seven and Neeley six Katie had sent them to the nearby public health center to be vaccinated Katie had needed to work that day and Johnny had been at the waiters union hall hoping to be emplouyed that night Told by older boys that his arm would be cut off at the health center Neeley had been terrified To distract him before leaving for the center Francie had taken him out into the yard to make mud pies They had left for the center just before they were scheduled to report their arms covered with mud “‘Filth filth filth from morning to night I know they’re poor but they could wash Water is free and soap is cheap’” the doctor had said to the nurse assisting him The doctor had then speculated “how that kind of people could survive; that it would be a better world if they were all sterilized and couldn’t breed any ” After she had received her vaccination Francie terribly hurt had fired back “’My brother is next His arm is just as dirty as mine so don’t be surprised And you don’t have to tell him You told me Besides it won’t do no good He’s a boy and he don’t care if he is dirty’”Francie’s teacher at the neighborhood school was also scornful of the poor The spinster principal was nasty and brutal Francie turned nine had her father fake their address to permit her to transfer to a better school That November her new class participated in a Thanksgiving Day ceremony Four chosen girls held symbols of the Thanksgiving feast One symbol was a saucer sized pumpkin pie The teacher threw away the other symbols after the ceremony but not the pie offering it to anyone who wanted to take it home “Thirty mouths watered; thirty hands itched to go up into the air but no one moved All were too proud to accept charitable food” When the teacher was about to throw away the pie Francie raised her hand She explained she wanted to give the pie to “a very poor family” The following Monday the teacher asked Francie about how the family had enjoyed the pie Francie expanded on her lie by saying that there were twin girls in the family they had not eaten for three days and a doctor had said that they would have died but for the pie Caught in her lie Francie confessed She pleaded not to be punished The teacher answered “’I’ll not punish you for having an imagination’” She explained the difference between a lie and a story The incident inspired Francie to channel her tendency to exaggerate events into writing storiesA year later Francie told a whopping lie She and Neeley attended a Christmas celebration conducted for the poor of all faiths by a Protestant organization At the end of the celebration an exuisitely dressed lovely girl named Mary came on stage carrying a foot high beautiful doll The woman that had accompanied the little girl announced “’Mary wants to give the doll to some poor little girl in the audience who is named Mary Is there any poor little girl in the audience named Mary?’” Struck dumb by the adjective “poor” no Mary spoke up But at the last moment Francie did As she walked back up the aisle carrying the doll “the girls leaned towards her and whispered hissingly ‘Beggar beggar beggar’ They were as poor as she but they had something she lacked – pride” Francie was extremely proud of her seventh grade composition printed in the school magazine at the close of the school year Eager to meet her father in the street to show him the published composition she saw a girl named Joanna come out of her flat pushing a baby carriage Joanna who was seventeen wasn’t married Several housewives on the sidewalk gasped as Joanna strolled past them Katie and Johnny had talked about Joanna At the end of their conversation Katie had said to Francie “’Let Joanna be a lesson to you’” Seeing her Francie wondered how Joanna was a lesson She was friendly She wanted everybody else to be friendly She smiled at the ladies on the street They frowned She smiled at nearby children Some of them smiled back Francie believing she probably wasn’t supposed to did not smile back Joanna continued to walk up and down the sidewalk The ladies became outraged One woman eventually spoke “’Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?’” Joanna answered back “’Get off the street you whore’” the woman demanded A verbal fight ensured The women began to throw stones One struck the baby on the forehead Joanna carried the baby into her flat leaving the carriage on the sidewalk The women disappeared Little boys began to play with the carriage Francie wheeled the carriage back to the front door of Joanna’s flat She placed her story on the carriage cushion as recompense for not having smiled She decided later that the lesson she had learned was that she hated women “She feared them for their devious ways she mistrusted their instincts She began to hate them for this disloyalty and their cruelty to each other”Francie’s father died when she was fourteen Thereafter instead of writing about the beauty of birds and trees she wrote four little stories about Johnny to show that despite his shortcomings he had been “a good father and kindly man” Her new English teacher marked her compositions “C” not what Francie was accustomed to “A” Afterward she and Francie had a private conversation The teacher wanted Francie to write about beauty and truth as she had before “’Poverty starvation and drunkenness are ugly subjects Drunkards belong in jail not in stories And poverty There is no excuse for that There’s enough work for all who want it People are poor because they’re too lazy to work There’s nothing beautiful about laziness Now that we’ve talked things out I’m sure you’ll stop writing these sordid little stories’” She advised Francie to burn her four compositions in her stove when she got home Instead Francie burned all her “A” compositions She told herself “I never saw a poplar and I read somewhere about the sky arching and I never saw those flowers except in a seed catalogue I got A’s because I was a good liar I am burning ugliness I am burning ugliness”Two years later Francie met a twenty one year old soldier about to be shipped off to the war in Europe They spent an evening together and kissed They met the next evening and the soldier asked Francie to have sex with him and to marry him if he came back from the war They did not engage in sex but she accepted his proposal He went back home to Pennsylvania the next day to see his mother before being shipped out Several days later Francie received a letter from the soldier’s mother informing her that the woman’s son had married his fiancée Francie needed her mother to tell her hard truthsTold what had happened having read the letter Katie recognized she could no longer stand between her children and heartache “’Say something’ demanded Francie“’What can I say?’“’Say that I’m young – that I’ll get over it Go ahead and say it Go ahead and lie’” Francie said bitterly“’I know that’s what people say – you’ll get over it I’d say it too But I know it’s not true Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him’“’Mother he asked me to be with him for the night Should I have gone? Don’t make up a lie Mother Tell me the truth’“’There are two truths’ said Katie finally ‘As a mother I say it would have been a terrible thing for a girl to sleep with a stranger Your whole life might have been ruined But as a woman ’ she hesitated ‘I will tell you It would have been a very beautiful thing Because there is only once that you love that way’”“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is such a bittersweet beautiful book Betty Smith assures us that amid the misery and ugliness of poverty honest empathetic people rich in character do exist We need to know that We need to retain hope for the human race


  3. Rosalynd Doneghy Rosalynd Doneghy says:

    A perennial favorite I first read this book about a young girl when I was in elementary school Written in 1943 and set in the early 1900s this story is an uniue coming of age novelThe book explores the life of eleven year old Francie Nolan and the rest of her Irish American Family The book gives readers a uniue glimpse into the hardscrabble lives of the families living in the tenements Brooklyn circa 1919 Through Francie and her younger brother Neely the reader experiences how the wonderment of childhood survives even the most stark circumstances Francie adores her father Johnnie who struggles with alcoholism He is either unable to or unwilling to keep gainful employment Katie Francie's mother is a very practical and hardworking woman She holds the Nolan family together with her determination and tenacity Her only dream in life is for Francie and Neely to go college How will tradedy and the hard realities of life affect the Nolan family? I could not put A Tree Grows in Brooklyn down when I first read it as a child It still has the same effect on me


  4. Elaine Elaine says:

    The name of this novel has always been in my consciousness I think my dad must have read it when I was young I'm so glad I finally got round to reading it myself I found the characters to be real flawed and likeable Although the family know dreadful poverty they are rich in love imagination and resourcefulness I'm going to miss them


  5. Cerese Cerese says:

    I love historical biographies and this is a uniue window into a transitional time in American history and the evolutions of a city It is primarily though about one girl and her family in Brooklyn as they brave poverty alcoholism and everyday trials All the while her perspective is positive and prosaic Very enjoyable


  6. Chris Eirschele Chris Eirschele says:

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is an American classic The author writes about growing up poor in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century The tree is a both real and a metaphor for the challenges life gave the family Yet had they not had those challenges would they be who they are by the end of the story?I highly recommend reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn yearly


  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    I'm calling this one done as my goal here was to re read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn not Maggie Now Re reading this book with a critical eye now it doesn't thrill me as much as it once did but I think it will always be a favorite of mine


  8. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    I have probably read this book 5 times and never tire of it A wonderful book to give a preteen or teen grandchild


  9. Marcia Santulli senn Marcia Santulli senn says:

    There are reasons why books are considered classics This is one of them


  10. Emmett Emmett says:

    Maggie now is an interesting book that takes the readers to the late 19th century The details are interesting to read the characters were uite distinct and the accuracy of the historical facts and information this was published in the 1950s you see was very interesting to read about I love Betty Smith’s writing style but she uses a lot of “show don’t tell” language rather than a mix of both which was something that stood out to me It took me a really long time to read this story and it was uite interesting but I don’t think I would read it again In my readthrough I learned a lot about the time period and the beliefs that those people carried the ways of life for a catholic and sometimes other religious families and the ways that people regarded the different genders during this time It was an interesting read and I feel like I absorbed some wisdoms from it overall but I didn’t like Claude at all and felt really bad for Maggie now for a large portion of the book Also Smith didn’t start writing about Maggie now until almost fifty pages into the book While the backstory was interesting there wasn’t a clear concise reason for it to me as half of the characters in the backstory were dead during the telling of Maggie now’s life and the lives of those around her The final thing that I have to say about it is that I am interested by this book in that it didn’t have a specific high intensity plot like present day books like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings and I really rather enjoyed that The plot was literally just the story of an ordinary girl’s life from Brooklyn in the 19th century


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