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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Oct 12, 07

Recommended for: People who like gasping out loud
Read in October, 2007

Extreme poverty + parental neglect = ... adventure! An engrossing memoir, mostly of unlamented hardship, told from a child Walls' perspective. The sheer selfishness of her parents keeps you hooked--how will they betray their children this time?--but the book lacks genuine development. The narrator is unsentimental, stoic, and never gives in to things like resentment or rage. (From time to time I wish her brother or older sister, who reveal just such human emotions, had written the book.) I wanted dawning awareness, turning points, shape. Instead, each chapter unfolds as did the one before and as will the one to follow. Still, it's a fast and eye-opening read, and the narrator's cool appraisal of her parents allows us to see their finer qualities (creativity, irreverence) as well as their many flaws.
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