Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Book Review


I'm loving the library these days. As my books are due today (and I'm unable to renew online because they are on hold for someone else) I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this morning. If any of you ladies are looking for a good book to read, and for some reason this one slipped your path (like me) I'd highly recommend it. (I say ladies only because I think the women folk would enjoy it more than the fellas). I guess I've seen this book listed along side many contemporary novels I didn't realize that it's much older than I originally thought (written in 1943). And it's setting is even older than that. Simply put it's the coming of age story of a young girl in Brooklyn during the turn of the century. The characters are great and the story is neither predictable nor shocking--it just is what it is--and I like that. Take a gander and I hope you enjoy. Although, lets be honest, I'm probably the last one who hadn't read it.

4 comments:

  1. This book has such sentimental value for me. My grandfather grew up in Brooklyn- he had an Irish father and a German mother and lived in similar circumstances. The experiences he has shared with me seem to be right out of the pages of this book. It is historically accurate and an enjoyable read. Love it!

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  2. i've been meaning to read this book!

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  3. This is a favorite of mine. I only read it a couple of years ago. The chapter on the main character's grief over the father's death is the most resonant, real account of grief, as I've understood it, that I've ever read.

    So worth reading.

    I enjoy your reviews, Mig.

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  4. I agree with the above. I love how real and understated it is. Nothing frivolous about it, if that makes sense.

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