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The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls. copyright 2005. Published by Scribner.

Glass CastleThis is an amazing memoir, written with a lot of conversation and short chapter segments, which makes it very easy to read.

Jeannette and two of her siblings not only survive but thrive under their extremely neglectful parents – both eccentric, fanciful, highly intelligent and irresponsible.

The mother is self-centered, the father an alcoholic. The conditions they force upon their children are unbelievably harsh; they seem to have no conscience about the environment they provide for their children.

Though the mother inherits great wealth, she will have none of it. She prefers the adventures that poverty brings. The father occasionally has a tinge of conscience but is a slave to his drink.

What they do bestow on their children – especially on Jeannette – is a love of learning, intelligence, and a story no one else could tell.

My rating? 9 out of 10, which means I would recommend it to 9 out of 10 people. The 10th person might not appreciate nor see the value of the graphic details of children neglected. Writing style? Something to be imitated. You can tell Ms. Wall is a pro.


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  1. February 7th, 2010 at 06:58 | #1

    Agreed. Very nice review. If I didn’t know this book already, I would want to read it. Methinks you’re a pro, too.

  2. February 26th, 2010 at 15:25 | #2

    Thanks, Yvonne. I’m grateful to everyone who led me to this book. I think you were the first one. And thanks for your usual positive comment.

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