As the daughter of two parents raised in Brooklyn, I enjoyed this look back to life at a simpler time, when hot chocolate with a couple of marshmallows was all that was needed to bring a moment of joy. What a beautiful memoir of a lifetime gone by.
Read this book as a young adult in the 60's. Made a big impression on me then and an even bigger impression on me now. I was surprised at how many events I remembered. The truths and life lessons expressed so simply and deeply by Betty Smith are timeless. Narrated beautifully and touchingly.
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.