jueves, 28 de agosto de 2014

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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 A tree grows in Brooklyn (1943) is a novel written by Betty Smith about the American dream of the Nolans. It is set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the early 20th century, long before Williamsburg was the hipster capital. This novel is about life, family, love, dreams, poverty and innocence. Francie Nolan is like a tree that grows in the tenements courtyard, she overcomes obstacles and gets to live against all odds. I recommend ATree Grows in Brooklyn to anyone who is looking for a great story wonderfully written. It is a heartfelt and moving novel. A priceless book. Have you read it? 

Some quotes:
(Be strong:) "“Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It’s growing out of sour earth. And it’s strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way.”

(Live:) “Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” 

(Enjoy:) “Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry… have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere—be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is everlost.”


A tree grows in Brooklyn (1943) es una novela de Betty Smith que cuenta el sueño americano de la familia Nolan. La acción transcurre en Williamsburg (Brooklyn), a principios del siglo XX, muchos años antes de que Williamsburg se convirtiera en la capital hipster. Este libro habla de la vida, la familia, el amor, los sueños, la pobreza y la inocencia. Al igual que el árbol del título, Francie Nolan consigue salir adelante contra todo pronóstico. Recomiendo A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Un árbol crece en Brooklyn) a todo el que busque una buena historia escrita impresionantemente bien. Es una novela sincera y conmovedora. Un libro magnífico. Mira las citas del libro más arriba. ¿Te atrae el libro?


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