Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recommended read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

I recently finished A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and loved it. Although it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it turned out to be a great read. I wish I would have read it when I was younger. It felt like a sincere representation of life in the early 1900s. Francie, one of the main characters, is a girl young girls should get to know.
"Look at everthing as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."
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"People always think that happiness is a faraway thing," thought Francie, "something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains - a cup of strong hot coffee when you're blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you're alone - just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness." 
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"I hate all those flirty-birty games that women make up. Life's too short. If you ever find a man you love, don't waste time hanging your head and simpering. Go right up to him and say, 'I love you. How about getting married?"
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"I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding. I need someone to understand how I feel at a time like now. And the understanding must be part of the holding."
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"It's come at last," she thought, "the time when you can no longer stand between your children and heartache. When there wasn't enough food in the house you pretended that you weren't hungry so they could have more. In the cold of a winter's night you got up and put your blanket on their bed so they wouldn't be cold. You'd kill anyone who tried to harm them - I tried my best to kill that man in the hallway. Then one sunny day, they walk out in all innocence and they walk right into the grief that you'd give your life to spare them from." 
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"We'll leave now, so that this moment will remain a perfect memory...let it be our song and think of me every time you hear it." 
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3 comments:

  1. My mom always loved that book. :)

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  2. I have never read this book! But I have heard of it. You just inspired me to pick it up. x

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  3. This is my favorite book of all time! I absolutely adore it.

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