Monday, December 20, 2004

A Tree Grows...

I recently finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It was a good read. I enjoyed the way that the characters uncovered truths about human nature. My copy of the books was great-- a first edition paperback printed in England in 1951. I picked it up at a used book store on King George St for 5 NIS. The pages are yellow with brown edges and so brittle that you can't dogear them because they'll break.

Here are some quotes I particularly like from the book.

(After the start of WWI)
'Send Francie. The last time I asked for sauerkraut he chased me out of the store,' complained Neeley.
'You've got to ask for Liberty Cabbage now, you dope,' said Francie...
'Did you know that they changed Hamburg Avenue to Wilson Avenue?' asked Francie.
'War makes people do funny things,' sighed Katie.

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'People always think that happiness is a far-away 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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To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus your time on earth filled with glory.


If you haven't, you should read it.


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