Monday, January 30, 2012

Review

A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was actually surprised to find that this is classified as Young Adult literature- not because there is inappropriate or explicitly mature material, but rather because the story centers on so many adult themes: class distinction, poverty, human relations, and essentially all the reasons that people do the things they do. I think the essay at the beginning of the edition I read explained it well when it said that is it hard to describe what the book is about. It isn't about much of anything really, but it is also about everything. All the major events that happen in a life happen through Francie's eyes. There is a reason it is a classic.



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can you possibly have time to do all this reading? Even when I know you had to learn to read fast in law school, I still don't know how you find the time. I think I got about 30 pages of Les Miserables read in a month at Megan's.

ottspot said...

I usually have the kids in bed by 7:30 and since there hasn't been anything new on Netflix in months I frequently spend from 7:30-midnight reading.

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