Monday, December 31, 2018

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls ~ Book Review

My last complete read for 2018.  Seems fitting as it was my oldest book on my library To Read Shelves.

Memoir of a young child who survived a hugely dysfunctional upbringing. This story evokes many emotions out of the reader as you read of her horrific childhood of neglect and abuse. An alcoholic father who yet, when he was sober, taught them many things, a mother who basically let them do whatever and left them to fend for themselves as she was into her artistic pursuits and shunned anything to do with household care or raising a family, constantly on the move, living in extreme poverty were the norm for this author. But in spite of it all she seems to have grown into a responsible, caring adult who in has managed to keep from being bitter and kept a relationship with her parents to the end. It's always interesting to take a peek into someone else's life, so different from my own. The book moved at a good pace, was absolutely heart breaking at times, maddening at times and makes you question how this family could ever have fallen through the cracks of the social system.

Rated this 8/10

1 comment:

Deb said...

I read this book a few years back and really enjoyed it. I also read the pre-quell, Half-broke Horses, which is about the author's maternal grandmother. I really liked both books. Thanks for the review!