What shocked me the most about the book “The Glass Castle” is the fact that it is a memoir.
I kept saying to myself, there is NO WAY there are people in the United States who lived/live like this!
This is the story of the author Jeannette Walls, her Mom, Dad and her three siblings.
The story starts with her 3-year-old self cooking hotdogs on the stove and sustaining 3 degree burns that left her scarred for life, which goes to show the degree of negligence she was living with. What does she do when she goes home from the hospital? She gets hungry and starts cooking hot dogs with her parents cheering her on and telling her , way to go kid, this is how you should face your fears.
With a very intelligent alcoholic father, that taught his kids everything they knew, who unfortunately always spent the family money on booze and only thought of his next drink, and a mother who failed to grow up and refused to face reality. Despite that the story still manages to be a story of triumph and success.
As sad as her childhood was , no food for days on end, living in the desert because they had no place to stay, walking for miles when their car broke down on the highway, living in a home with no heat, electricity or in some cases even stairs to go into the house, they had to climb through a window to get in , I found myself unable to hate her parents who are without a doubt the reason of this families trials.
Jeannette managed to write a powerful memoir that made you understand the weakness and limitations of some humans, you could be the most intelligent and loving father but still fail to provide and protect your family because of reasons beyond your control.
I absolutely enjoyed the book, it opened up my eyes to a new world I thought never existed!
If I could take only one message from this book it is no matter what difficulties you face in life if you are smart and determined you will always succeed.
I give it the 2 thumbs up
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