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When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson
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Apr 19, 11

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Read from April 16 to 18, 2011

Somehow I think if I was of Jewish descent I would have gotten this book better .....I just felt like i was out of the loop on some of the antics of what was going on - or they would have made more sense as to the intensity they were given.

I did get the family dynamics though - that pretty much translates across the board - in all races and religions. Let's put 'FUN' back in dysFUNctional!!!! Although they did seem alittle more screwed up than most..... or maybe just in relation to my particular family antics. I found them all a little too needy with a mother that needed a damn good slap. (Sorry). I do understand a mother making dramatics to get their way - don't agree with it - but do understand it. You see or hear about it all the time! I just felt sorry for the siblings that wanted to live a life that wasn't entirely hooped up with the past and wouldn't let them grow up and go forward. Traditions are fine, but they need to change and evolve with a families growth.

This really is a good book to read quickly. I think I would have put it down if I hadn't just kept at it. I found that I didn't connect with the characters very well and it would have been easy to just abandon it - if I was picking it up without the intent to get through it (thank goodness for book clubs!!).
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Patrick I wonder if non-immigrant, non-ethnic westerners really understand how hard it is for individuals from cultures where there is a very strong sense of family to make their own decision separate familial oversight.

I am from a Filipino heritage and I know that if I still lived in the Philippines I would probably live in my family's home and it would be extra hard for me to make my own decisions because of family considerations. I suspect it is like this for most people who live in multi-generational households, too especially in developing nations where financial independence from family is nearly impossible.

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