This book has kept me captivated from beginning to end. The characters were so lifelike that I felt that I was part of their family. I suggest that every girl who is coming of age should read this book. A pure treasure
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
This is a timeless classic that every young person, or old person should read. The story begins in the middle of Brooklyn in the early 20th century, and delights you painting a
picture of every character in every event. The narrator did a beautiful job with every character, male, female, or child. I highly recommend this book, I could not have enjoyed it more! :-)
I've read the print book several times And seen the movie several times and couldn't resist the audible version and loved loved loved it!
I read this when I was 12, an unwilling emigrant from Brooklyn to Long Island. It resonated with me then and now with the specialness of that place. Even though much has changed in Brooklyn, I still find it special and evocative of a feeling that Betty Smith tried to describe but which ultimately is understood fully only by Brooklynites.
The reader is marvelous. Her voice is a delight and her Brooklyn accent is spot on.
The story is a history of the first generation immigrants of that time and place and fairly represents their resistance to "melting" in the so-called melting pot; the culture clashes of that day.
So glad I bought it. Most satisfying.
Say something about yourself!
Superb picture of Irish family; poor they may be, but they live with with joy
Francie's determination to write; her descriptions of Brooklyn 1918
Her voice; her ability to make each character come alive; melodious
The ancient film (see Turner classics) leaves out 3/4 of the book
Book alternated high comedy with desperate poverty; Brooklyn comes alive.
I love the authentic use of dialects and accent. Also the music between scenes was fun.
The story is a classic, a bit overdone in places, but overall very enjoyable. In fact I hated to hear it end!
Say something about yourself!
Still relevant after all these years, this pleasant story is worth revisiting from your high school reading list. Not all things will ring true to present, but the important things will. Once it gets rolling, it is an easy ride into the past, highlighting issues that still grip current generations. This book deals with questions that are pushed aside now by more contemporary issues, but really they are all the same. It was likely the "Goldfinch" of it's day, though easier to get through, less depressing or pretentious, but other than that, exactly the same. Easily absorbable and good narration throughout. If you've been afraid of stuffy classics, you won't have any fears with this one.
This is my all time favorite book. I've read it once or twice a year since I was in high school and I'm in my 40's now. This narrator does a good job with the voices and really paints the picture for you. I loved listening to this book and will probably listen to it many times!
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
If this book was not a selection from my book club for the month of September, I don't think I would have ever read it. I never heard of it until it was nominated.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of a young girl, Frances Nolan growing up in Brooklyn, New York at the turn of the century. The story takes a glimpse into a poor family of four surviving on the income of the mother and alcoholic father. What they lacked in money they make up for in pride, dignity, imagination and love. This is a wonderfully written story that takes the American Dream and shows us what it meant to this family.
I thought the book started off kind off slow and I really did not get into the characters until they were older, half way through the book. I had a small connection to Frances when she goes to the public library and the reader gets to find out why she loves it so much. I had the same feeling about Redondo Beach Public Library when I was a kid. But there was something about the book that just did not click with me until the end.
The book highlights the negative relationship women had with each other. Women were out to take men from each other, to brand other women whores, fight over jobs and at jobs, belittle the children, and they are always out for themselves until the midwife is called. Then they all come circling the wagons and help out in the bringing of a new child into the world. It was odd the amount off dislike, hate and fighting going on in this book. The kids are fighting with each other at school and in the streets. It is a constant fight for the highest rank in the lowest ranked neighborhood. I think that is the only thing that had me not 100% engulfed in the book.
I loved the new things I learned. Mostly, I learned about real life in the 1900's about the way people really lived and thought, about the clothing the poor men wore and the food they ate. As I was reading the book, I had to get a cup of coffee a few times and had to fight the urge to buy a sugar bun. Ahh! Just thinking about it now is making my mouth water.
The ending was perfect and just the way a great story should end. Don't worry I won't tell.
Audiobook: 15 hours and 2 minutes
Kate Burton (Narrator)
The narrator for this audiobook, Kate Burton did an excellent job and really pulled it off. She nailed the various accents in the small Brooklyn neighborhood. She had to perform the German, Jewish, Irish and New York Brooklyn accent (male and female) and keep France's voice age appropriate for the right age in the book. I think she did a great job of narrating this book.