The Glass Castle: A Memoir
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir
ISBN: 074324754X
EAN13: 9780743247542
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 17, 2006
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an excitement addict. Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.
What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and Read More chevron_right

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   A Good Discussion Starter
This book is about using the hand that you are dealt with. Whether you are appalled, amused or just sitting there at the end with your mouth hanging open, this book brings up a lot of issues to talk about. For this reason, I propose it as a book club read. I expect right and wrong viewpoints using words like polar. And attempts to define concepts about parenting, forgiveness, family, responsibility, homelessness, adaptability, self-worth, and... love. I think that this book stretches most of the reader's conception of these ideas. While many circumstances and behaviors are so outrageous, this book must be considered fiction rather than memoir, if your own story lets you believe some of it, and mine does, then why not all of it. Trying to label it in such a fashion is not necessary, is it? The value of the book is a glimpse at the human condition from a point on that vast spectrum of the other than your own.
 
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   Disturbing depressing emotionless recounting of neglect and abuse
This book was eerie and depressing. I had hoped that the author would share some sort of insight into surviving neglect and abuse, but in her writing I sensed a sort of top - this arrogance. It is perhaps for those who have never experienced such hardship and find it fascinating. Now I decide whether to put this book on the shelf or throw it in the fire.
 
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   ... and troubling story written from a child's perspective (my favourite kind of story)
Folks are commenting that Jeannette did not judge her parents for their miserable failures or condemn them. What I suspect is simply that she was highly intelligent and had a keen insight into their psychology and knew that they were doing the best they could in a sense. I saw the sense that she accepted and received reality clearly. In spite of her parents'failures, her zest for life, insatiable curiosity, and hopeful-ness made her a rare exception among people who are raised in such a way, in my opinion. What I admire the most about her is that she never gave up and resigned herself or allowed what was clearly abnormal to become normal.
 
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   Interesting read
At times, you find yourself doubting some of the incidents faced by the author, they have to be embellished or made up because they seem implausible. However, it was still a well-written book and I wished that only more loose ends were tied. When you finish this book, you understand what I am saying.
 
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   Read the book. Skip the movie.
One of my favorite books is Sketch ''. Ever. a lot of work for this project. The picture is very beautiful. Happy birthday and heartache full. I have so many layers and I love how the author doesn 't portray herself as a victim. Your perspective tells her very well... so is just fine.
 
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   Proves all best sellers are not worth reading
I know that memories are not the same as biography, but this seems to me like pure fiction, but poorly written. If a very fast but simplistic read is what you want, you have found it.
 
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   Amazing Book
This book floated for a long time in my work bag. This weekend, I finally had the opportunity to read it in one sitting from cover to cover. It has been awhile since a book has had such an effect on me. I have grown up with parents similar to the people in the book ''. There were parts of the book that, I felt, could have been written about me. Since then, I have come a long way, similar to Jeannette Walls. I don 't often share information about my parents and I could relate to her comments on this practice. It is an interesting read that proves that anything is possible. The book really enjoyed me. He is well written and poignant.
 
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   a memoir on a disfunctional family
Boring, boring, boring a life with irresponsible and silly parents. Could not read it all, some spotty reading and eventually stashed it away.
 
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   Can Walls be believed?
I began to question the truth of this memoir when she referred to Fish Creek Canyon, Arizona as west of Bullhead City. The only state west of Bullhead City is Nevada and Fish Creek Canyon is far east in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix Arizona. Where is the fact-checker of the publisher? If one writes about place and from place, they need to know what they are talking about. I also found her descriptions of the desert as generic. The Sonoran is not the northern basin range.
 
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   The glass castle should give them great perspective! Please read this book
It is not often that I finish the first few pages and I'm struck with a scene so fascinating that I have to read the time to get to the end of the book. I was captivated by page one. It is a touching story that shows a life so foreign to many of us and so familiar to others. I am strongly considering having my two children read this book between them deciding what they want for Christmas and yet completely not... The glass castle should give them a great perspective! This book is very important ; read it carefully. I find it to be important. This book has its way in to school school curriculums if it finds not already!
 
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