Thursday, November 17, 2011
Review: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
By Betty Smith
For Book club
Recommended by Suey & Kim and just about everyone else.
First sentence Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.
A story about a young girl and her family living in the slums of Brooklyn at the turn of the century and spanning to WWI.
Well, for those of you who thought I wouldn't make it, that I'd be too tempted to play my new Wii instead of finish this book I say, HA! It took me all day yesterday but I finished it. I have mixed feelings, though. I loved the book. I loved that in each character you could find something to love and something to hate. That's so incredibly true in reality, and was captured so well here, that I think that became my favorite thing about the book. I also loved the slow reminiscing feel of it. I smiled a lot, had a touch of heart ache and even burst into sobs at one point. My only problem with the book was I kept wondering if it was so close to the author's own life why didn't she just right it as a memoir? After I finished the book I read the forward (backwards, I know) and found out it was originally written as a memoir but upon request of the editor was made into fiction. That made me feel better, but then I started wondering how much was fiction and how much was truth? When she changed it into a fiction did she embellish or just change the names??? It doesn't tell you and that bothered me to no end!!!
As I said before, I loved that each character had something to love and something to hate about them. I think Johnny and Sissy were my favorites but I don't know if I'm completely sure about that. If I forget the story, and I probably will, I won't forget these characters and how they made me feel.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, this one should be read. If for nothing else but the perfectly flawed characters and the hundreds of messages to be taken away.