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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Mar 29, 09

bookshelves: memoir
Read in October, 2006

** spoiler alert ** This book reminded me of Angela's Ashes, without the greatness. Walls suffered to be sure (although members of my book group questioned whether all of it could really be true, it was so awful), but the book is told through an adult perspective. While McCourt's Angela captures the essence of a child, Walls gives the emotionless re-telling one might recount as a grownup looking back on life. Her accounts of harrowing experience of running out on a hospital bill "the Rex Walls way" were interesting but didn't grab my heart. There was starvation as the family scrabbled over scraps of a chocolate bar and Walls survived on garbage at school, but her flat affect just didn't make this book a favorite for me. It was good lesson in being able to overcome and I'm glad I read it, just think it could have a been a great book, not merely a good one.
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