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  • Heather 6:47 am on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Book Discussion 2 

    How can modern readers reconcile the frequent anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant sentiments that characters espouse throughout the novel?

  • Heather 3:34 am on June 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Book Discussion 1 

    I have a few random questions about the book as a whole to ask, as we wrap this up.

    Although it is written in the third person, there can be little argument that the narrative is largely from Francie’s point of view. How would the book differ if it was told from Neeley’s perspective?

    • Jen - Devourer of Books 8:43 am on June 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ooh, that’s an interesting question. Neely didn’t seem very introspective, so I think it would have been a much more surface-level book, with fewer meanings assigned to what happened. As he got older, though, it would have been interesting to see their life from his perspective, and hear more about why he so did not want to return to school.

  • Heather 12:00 am on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Book 4 Discussion 2 

    In the last chapter, we come full circle.  Francie’s family is moving out of their apartment, so she goes around to all her old haunts to “say goodbye.”  How is the Francie of now, different from the Francie of six years ago?  What about Neeley?  How is he different?  How is is like Johnny?  Do you think he will come to a bad end like his father? 


  • Heather 6:00 am on June 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Book 4 Discussion 1 

    Book Four starts with lots of changes for Francie.  And Katie.  College, marriage, jobs….  How is Francie like Katie?  And how is she not?

    • Jen - Devourer of Books 10:35 am on June 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Francie does what she has to do, just like Katie does. With Johnny gone and a new baby in the house, Francie has to leave school, not something she ever wanted to do. However, she is committed to educating herself and doesn’t let a little thing like having to work get her down. She’s always striving to improve in her work and in her education, where Katie tended to be more concerned with just getting by.

      • Heather 4:56 pm on June 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I feel like Francie is the best of Katie and Johnny. She’s determined but still optimistic. It seems like she has more faith in herself, she believes she’s going to get out. I love that about her!

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