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A Classic Worth Reading.... and re-reading

  • Dec 14, 2008
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I was forced to read this book by my mother, who was forced to read it by HER mother. I'll be keeping the legacy alive, as my children will DEFINITELY be forced to read this one.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is by far my favorite book. Betty Smith's characters are so real and well-developed that I almost feel as if Francie should be alive somewhere as an elderly lady, re-telling her story. Every character in this book is relatable and loveable in their own way, yet I'll always have a special place in my heart for Francie (the narrator) who quiet, lonely, introspective, thoughtful and bright. Every time I read this book, I get a little choked up for her.
One of my favorite things about this book is the amount of detail Betty Smith goes into when describing Brooklyn and all of Francie's surroundings, making it so easy to picture every street, alleyway, corner store and apartment building in your mind. 

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is a book one can re-read year after year and still be interested. I truly wish Betty Smith had published more books.  

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Movie description The story centers on young Francis Nolan, whose father's sudden death leaves the family to somehow survive in a harsh, desperate time. Like the tree in the back of their house, uncared for and forgotten, their struggle to survive is a valiant one. Based on Betty Smith's 1943 novel. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor--James Dunn.

Credits Writer: Frank Davis Producer: Louis D. Lighton Cast: James Gleason, Peggy Ann Garner
Editorial reviews "Kazan avoids romanticizing poverty, and his focus on performance is already firmly in place."
Uncut - Danny Leigh (06/01/2005)

Awards 1945 Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor: James Dunn
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