Friday, March 27, 2009

Quotable - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Welcome to Quotable, a weekly feature at Bookish Ruth. Each Friday I'll share a short passage that caught my attention -- it could be an old favorite or something that jumped out at me during that week's reading. I hope you'll enjoy it and perhaps share something that resonated with you during the week.

"Today I am a woman," wrote Francie in her diary in the summer when she was thirteen. She looked at the sentence and absently scratched a mosquito bite on her bare leg. She looked down on her long, thin and as yet formless legs. She crossed out the sentence and started over. "Soon, I shall become a woman." She looked down on her chest which was flat as a washboard and ripped the page out of the book.
-- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

12 comments:

  1. Oooh, I haven't read this book in ages...I think I was a sophomore in high school. Wonderful novel! Hopefully I'll get the time to revisit it someday. I like the film as well, even though it really abridges the story (as I recall, anyway - it's been a long time since I've seen it too).

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  2. I LOVE that quote. This is such a wonderful book.

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  3. What a great quote! And it reminds me to go back and read it again!

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  4. I am embarrassed to say that I have never read this book. Just from the quote you posted, it sounds like something I would really like. I am going to pick this book up after work today! Thanks Ruth!

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  5. I've never read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, though I've always wanted to. I wonder if it would count for the Classics Challenge...

    Here's my Quotable for this week:

    http://www.skrishnasbooks.com/2009/03/quotable_27.html

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  6. You know, this has been in my TBR pile for.. oh, forever, and now I think I'm going to move it up.

    I played too:

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  7. Hi, Ruth, First let me tell you when I came to look at your blog today I was thrilled. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN is my second favorite book to GONE WITH THE WIND. I own both of my mom's original copies from when they were first published so that makes them even more special!

    SO...I wanted to tell you I gave you an award you can pick up at http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/
    and I am sorry I don't know how to make that link in a comment box...but congrats and hope you don't have it yet but you probably do as you have such a great blog!

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  8. What a great feature and one I am going to look forward to! A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of the books I am going to read! I've wanted to read it for years, everybody seems to love it.

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  9. I love this book! I read it fifty years ago when I was twelve and I still have it. I've reread it several times and have enjoyed it as much as I did the first time!
    Carol M

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  10. What a great quote to pick from that book! I remember loving that quote when I first read the book as a young teen.

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  11. I LOVE A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! One of my favorite books that I read last year.

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  12. I haven't read this book myself but I love that quote. Thanks for sharing it!

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