Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Well, I never met a book I didn't like. This book was a memoir from Ms. Walls dysfunctional family life growing up. They didn't have food or clothes most of the time her and her 2 sisters and 1 brother were growing up and they basically lived in run-down shacks. It was interesting and the book was well written. I liked her style - plain and simple but really illustrative of her personal feelings! Throughout the whole book, I kept thinking, Dang! Where the heck is child services? And really, child services should have been called in during these children's lives. In the end, you really get a sense of the uncertainty she lived with as a child.

The most important and overarching thing I got out of this book was that even though the reason all these things were happening to her were the crazy ideas her parents had and she knew it, she still loved them. She still thought the world of her daddy even though she saw him for the alchoholic he was. She still loved her mother even though it turned out that their mother had had other financial resources to support the children the entire time they were children. It just goes to remind you that children have an unconditional love for their parents and we have a duty not to abuse that power.

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