Even I read this book some 70 years after it was written I found it a timeless enjoyment. I got lost in Brooklyn of the early 1900s - even though I've never been there!
I was fearful of rereading my favorite book from childhood. It might not live up to my expectations. Fear allayed it was even more touching and loving than it was when I was a lonely child in the Bronx sitting on the fire escape reading about Francie Nolan. Anne McCabe
It was long and not exactly riveting but it grew on me. It was an old fashioned story of a young women's hard life in Brooklyn. It was a comforting story of rising up above one's circumstances. I was was a nice change of pace from modern novels. The narrator made the story richer with her accent.
I can't imagine how I could have missed this wonderful classic book in my decades of reading! This story of Francie Nolan growing up in magical Brooklyn of the early 1900's is written so well -- it was like watching a movie in my mind with all the sights, sounds, smells, beliefs, pride and love, etc. I found it entertaining, heartwarming and educational also! Do yourself a favor and read this book. If it isn't required reading in our schools, it ought to be!
This book was so incredibly moving, so real, so poignant, so well-written and well performed, that I'm now embarrassed at being so free with the high ratings I've given previously. It is my new benchmark for 5-star ratings.
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is a true classic and should be required reading for everyone who cares about quality writing, about learning through historical fiction, who cherishes being swept up in the lives of real people in another time. Hard-scrabble in a John Steinbeck way, the characters in this story become so real, so human, that you feel actually close to them and care deeply about their lives and what happens to them. I laughed and wept along with them throughout their story.
For me personally, it brings to life the realities of living as immigrant families in another part of the country in another era. I'm old enough (63) to have seen a tremendous revolutionary change in the way Americans live their every day lives today, compared to the America I grew up in. I had it so easy compared to Francie Nolan's family, yet the people of this culture and time accepted it as their "normal" just like I've accepted mine.
I pronounce easily that this is one of the best books I've read - in the top 10 at least. I can't recommend it strongly enough.
This is an eloquent and sometimes heartbreaking story. Well worth a read. The interruption of music which seemed to have no relationship to the story is short, but still annoyed me. Narration is good tho.