La Petite Américaine’s review of The Glass Castle
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Jun 02, 2010 06:19PM
I 100% agree.
Jun 03, 2010 05:54AM
Wife Swap comment perfect! I agree on you rare 5 stars... nice review.
+Wifwswap comment perfect!
Jul 05, 2010 11:24AM
Odd, Stella, I HATED this book. Absolutely despised every page I read. Like I said in my review, she can write. The words are beautiful but the on-and-on-and-on trails just exhausted me. Perhaps I read it at a bad time for me (don't remember what was going on personally when I read it but...yeah). It's bizarre I hated it and you loved it...makes me wonder if I was skewed by something. Usually we agree. Hmmmm....
Jul 24, 2012 09:30AM
one of my favorite books!!!!!
Aug 19, 2013 05:53AM
I read this book several years ago and also loved it. To date, this is one of my favorite memoirs and one that I will read again. It's raw and real, and I applaud the author for her courage and honesty. Half Broke Horses, which was based on the life of her grandmother, was also very good. With high hopes, I will soon be reading her next fiction book, The Silver Star.
Nov 17, 2014 07:13PM
I absolutely loved your Wife Swap comparison, and completely agree!
I, too was infuriated by the way the parents treated their children, while also loving the book. One of the most frustrating moments for me was on page 174, when Jeannette's mom is caught sneaking Hershey candy bars when all of the children have nothing to eat. Her only excuse is that she is a "sugar addict." At that point, I almost gave up on the book entirely. It helped me, however, to remember that the children made it through such a tough childhood, instead of focusing on how horribly their parents treated them. I let their perseverance, determination and resiliency inspire me, instead of letting their parents' neglect discourage me.
Focusing on the positive themes helped me to view the book in a new light, and also allowed me to come away from the book feeling motivated, not fuming about their mistreatment. I also loved Walls' writing style; I agree as I found it very refreshing as well. I believe that her writing style made the book, because if it had been full of emotion or sappy, it would have been too much for the readers to handle. Ms. Walls did an incredible job.
La Petite Américaine
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Nov 17, 2014 07:34PM
What I, as a parent, can't fathom is the way her parents allowed their children to suffer by refusing to meet even the kids' most basic needs, while they themselves had no problems indulging -- similar to what you noticed. It's appalling, unfair, and nothing short of a miracle that the kids all survived and became successful people.
I still find the author to be an inspiration...she never wrote on tear-jerking passage, never expressed one over the top emotion, never placed blame...she simply told the story of what happened. She's never bitter, angry, or boastful. A wonderful writer and an effortless inspiration.
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