Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Book #13 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith
"Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost."

This book reminded me a lot of Little Women in the fact that if you were to ask me what it is about, I wouldn't really have an answer. It's a book about Francie Nolan. Well, what about Francie Nolan? A story of her life. But what's the plot? Well, there really isn't one. Yeah, maybe there wasn't some grand plot or storyline, but this is a book that I just couldn't put down. It's a story about life, and struggle, and survival. It was set almost 100 years ago, but anyone could really be Francie Nolan - in fact, I think each of us has a little bit of her in us. I can't really put my finger on why I liked this book so much, but I can see why it was recommended by so many. There were so many lines in this book that I loved, as well - that really taught me something about who I am or who I should be. I can see why this book is still so popular and has been around so long!

Have you read this book? Share your feelings!

1 comment:

Abby said...

This is one of my favorite books in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. I haven't read it in so long; I may have to break it out again!