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- Print Length: 528 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006092988X
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FCK65W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think this book is equally compelling for adults. There are adult situations. Situations like alcoholism , deviant behavior, and death that serve as a perfect way to introduce and discuss these matters with young tweens and teens. It has been almost 80 years since publication but the novel has aged very well. After 40 years and rereadimg the book countless times Framcie Nolan is still my literary friend. This book is simply marvelous.
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Centred around Francie, the daughter of a hardworking mother (“with a fierce desire for survival” p86) and an out-of-work drunken but loveable father (“hankering after immortality which made him a useless dreamer”), we see the family through the eyes of the young girl over the course of her childhood until Francie is able to earn a living for herself.
The book oozes warmth and cosiness. Though there are severe hardships to endure, they are overcome by means of determination and a caring network of family and friends.
What sets this apart from so many other novels is the delicious vocabulary. I particularly admired the stories the girl attached to numbers (see p165). Even things as ordinary as bricks, and hearth, and bathtubs are imaginatively described (p127).
So well conceived, the tale seems obviously autobiographical, but evidently it is not – Betty Smith claims this to be merely the product of her creative imagination.
Watch the film as well, though the film doesn’t follow Francie into the workplace. The film also avoids the controversy of the attempted sexual attack on the preteen girl by a serial maniac, though both film and book refer to the extra ‘touching’ penny the girl receives every time she visited the junk man.
Page 145 sums up the novel rather nicely. “A person who pulls himself up from a low environment via the boot straps has two choices: having risen above his environment, he can forget it; or, he can rise above it and never forget it and keep compassion and understanding in his heart for those he has left behind him in the cruel up-climb.” This book follows the latter path.
It's not about poverty, hardship, adversity, grief and loss. It's about the triumph of the human spirit.
While mama Katie is the rock which keeps the family together, it's witnessing it through the eyes of Francie that brings the reader so much life-affirming joy.
It loses no power over the decades since it was written and is an absolute masterpiece.
I for one will never forget the Nolan family and they will never forget Brooklyn.