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A Classic Worthy of Your Time
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2014
This is another 'classic' that I have always thought I should read and just now finally completed, thanks to Amazon making it available as a daily special. While I am glad that I got to visit with some of the moments of absolute brilliance of the writing, after awhile I found the writing to be disjointed and that kept yanking me out of the story. It's almost as if this book was written to be a serial in a magazine and then later was put together as a 'novel'. Regardless, there truly are some moments that make me so glad that I am a reader. The human condition in the early years of the 1900's in Brooklyn is well documented in many books. And seeing it through a child's perspective is an added dimension. Ms. Smith proves that wealth is not about money, it's about one's moral compass. And life is not made by having no troubles, it's about what one does with the troubles they have. It's about what one does with what they have, making the most of things, and believing you are more than what your five senses would lead you to believe. Why only three stars? I didn't adore it, but I feel it's a classic that needs to be read.