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The Glass CastleRose 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 the This memoir has to be one of the most uniue memoirs I’ve ever read My review might contain spoilersJeannette Walls shares the raw and honest story of her childhood leading up to adulthood She was raised in a highly dysfunctional family with her three siblings Her parents were like nomads and just couldn’t really settle down Jeannette’s mother loved to read paint and had a teaching degree but most of the time she refused to work She viewed work as a waste of time Her dad was a very intelligent man who did indeed work off and on but he was an alcoholic and at times abusive He had delusions of grandeur and thought he could find scads of gold to get rich and build the family a glass castle “When Dad wasn’t telling us about all the amazing things he had already done he was telling us about the wondrous things he was going to do Like build the Glass Castle” Regardless of their living conditions whether the children had clothes or food to eat and regardless of their safety nothing seemed to faze Jeannette’s parents They expected their children to find ways to take care of themselves Jeannette was often thrust into doing adult things as a child beginning with cooking hotdogs on the stove at the young age of three resulting in multiple serious burns on her body and leading to a hospital stay This is just the beginning “Just remember” Mom said after examining the blisters “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” “If that was true I’d be Hercules by now” Lori said”I had multiple emotions throughout reading this book It becomes fairly obvious throughout reading Jeannette’s story that her parents have some serious mental health issues It’s unclear what type of upbringing her father received but there may have been some abuse that he never truly got over I felt that I could somewhat relate to this having an alcoholic father myself but it’s always been such a challenge for me to accept a person’s past as an excuse for their behavior today As for Jeannette she’s just the opposite and very forgiving toward her parents Throughout the book you don’t always get a sense of how she’s feeling You can tell certain times when she gets older that she experiences anger toward both parents but she rarely cries and is so incredibly strong and resilient She never stops loving her parents but her and her siblings know that eventually they have to devise a plan get awayBeing a parent is hard and I surely don’t want to criticize Jeannette’s parents but I had such a hard time understanding some of their decisions Aside from the neglect and starvation when it came to exposing the children to dangerous people–deliberately putting them in harm’s way–I had serious issues It went too far at that point and I had a very difficult time reading those parts but at the same time I found myself accepting of some of their morals After all nothing good can come from hating someone in your heart “I hate Erma” I told Mom“You have to show compassion for her” She added that you should never hate anyone even your worst enemies “Everyone has something good about them” she said “You have to find the redeeming uality and love the person for that”Their parents do love them and the children learn a great deal from them including multiple survival skills They develop a love for reading and they also learned ways to entertain themselves They learn responsibility and how to care for themselves because nobody else is going to do it for them They experience adventure and there are without a doubt some wonderful family times together but some extremely scary times as well Obviously it’s good to have children who are self reliant but there were some huge risks taken Just where do you draw the lineThis book is written really well and I could barely put it down I didn’t want it to end and craved Jeannette is an amazing writer and the fact that she is so caring and forgiving of her parents is heartwarming Her love for them is unconditional Rather than turn bitter about her upbringing she’s a very positive person and she’s taught me a lot about family perseverance and forgiveness after reading her story If you haven’t read this book yet I highly recommend it I haven’t seen the movie yet but I honestly can’t wait5

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A tender moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own termsJeannette Walls grew up with The Glass ePUB #232 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 My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said “Oh I read that It’s kind of ” then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute “Well I was going to say it’s kind of like us a little bit but not –““Yeah” I said “I wasn’t going to say it – because not all of it – ““Yeah not all of it”We didn’t talk about it again When I first saw this book I think I died a little inside because of the cover I didn’t hate The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood like I hated The Mermaid Chair or shudder Bastard out of Carolina but when there’s a little girl on the cover of a book looking all innocent it’s like a movie with the word “Education” in the title You just know you’re in for a published trip to the psychiatrist’s couch Kiddy sex and soul searching I’m not saying people shouldn’t tell their stories I mean look at me I’m all up in your website telling my stories but I do think people should get a handle on what their story is before they try to tell it Or at least before they make me read it Sorry that’s kind of asshole ish of me to say but I just think a lot of books with innocent little girls on the cover are really arrogant They have this sense that since some man did something horrifying everything that women do including dancing around a fire with girlfriends or taking exotic lovers is just part of the loving circle of nature’s healing I am such a fan of women and so I take it personally when we look like morons This book has absolutely nothing in common with its cover I haven’t written a review of it before because I think it is a perfect book and how do you review a perfect book I’m like Wayne and Garth when they meet Alice Cooper This book is my Alice Cooper I’m sure it wouldn’t be everyone’s Alice Cooper but to me this is exactly what a book should be Everything about the book is simple concise and action packed It makes me laugh and it makes me cry The people are incredible but deep and smart and human In some ways I think this book is the Great American Story but it’s the story none of us talk about and all of us live In other ways the book is so specific and personal to the Walls family that I never would have imagined the stories if I had not been told them Virginia Woolf and Rainer Maria Rilke two of the wisest people I have read both ask when and how women will be able to tell stories without being self conscious that they are women How can we write or even live not as reactions to men but as separate masters of our own experiences I don’t know where the genders are on the spacetime continuum of respecting each other and I think there are probably gender related specifics to any story maybe that’s just natural and not even bad but there is something about this book that is just human and strong It is compassionate and unflinching Oh I hate adjectives Just read the first chapter of this book and if you don’t think it’s compelling don’t keep reading because it’s probably not for you My family was nomadic like Jeannette Walls’s family but like I say all of her stories and my stories are uniue When I last lived with my parents it struck me that we never really understand other people’s relationships with each other I grew up probably as many of us did thinking that my parents never really got along and that my mom was a victim of my dad’s anger and wild scheming But later I realized they probably both got something that I never understood out of their relationship I think a lot of this book is about how we know the people we are close to and also never really do – how it is useless to hold other people to our own standards of what love or responsibility looks like But still it is about holding each other responsible Or maybe the book is just about her family with no real moral lesson at all Walls is so loyal to her stories in an almost scientific way None of the adult outrage that contaminates so many stories of children creeps into Walls’s She tells you what happened and maybe how she felt about it at the time but she doesn’t impose emotion on the reader Here’s just a small part well actually half I couldn’t resist of the first chapter to give you a little taste Mom was sitting at a booth studying the menu when I arrived She’d made an effort to fix herself up She wore a bulky gray sweater with only a few light stains and black leather men’s shoes She’d washed her face but her neck and temples were still dark with grimeShe waved enthusiastically when she saw me “It’s my baby girl” she called out I kissed her cheek Mom had dumped all the plastic packets of soy sauce and duck sauce and hot and spicy mustard from the table into her purse Now she emptied a wooden bowl of dried noodles into it as well “A little snack for later on” she explainedWe ordered Mom chose the Seafood Delight “You know how I love my seafood” she saidShe started talking about Picasso She’d seen a retrospective of his work and decided he was hugely overrated All the cubist stuff was gimmicky as far as she was concerned He hadn’t really done anything worthwhile after his Rose Period“I’m worried about you” I said “Tell me what I can do to help”Her smile faded “What makes you think I need your help”“I’m not rich” I said “But I have some money Tell me what it is you need”She thought for a moment “I could use an electrolysis treatment”“Be serious”“I am serious If a woman looks good she feels good”“Come on Mom” I felt my shoulders tightening up the way they invariably did during these conversations “I’m talking about something that could help you change your life make it better”“You want to help me change my life” Mom asked “I’m fine You’re the one who needs help Your values are all confused”“Mom I saw you picking through trash in the East Village a few days ago”“Well people in this country are too wasteful It’s my way of recycling” She took a bite of her Seafood Delight “Why didn’t you say hello”“I was too ashamed Mom I hid”Mom pointed her chopsticks at me “You see” she said “Right there That’s exactly what I’m saying You’re way too easily embarrassed Your father and I are who we are Accept it”“And what am I supposed to tell people about my parents”“Just tell the truth” Mom said “That’s simple enough”It’s been a while since I read this book so a lot of the stories aren’t fresh in my mind but some are so vivid to me that I think of them whenever I see a trash can or think of the desert In high school I thought that American history was the most boring topic imaginable Then in college I took a class called the History of Women in the US and I realized that I think the history of industry and conuest is mind numbing but the history of actual people is riveting The Glass Castle is a real honest history or as honest as histories can be of people in America It is so close to me and so foreign in just the way this country is It is also in a way a tribute to family oral histories My dad has a loose relationship with the truth as I’ve probably mentioned on this site before In the past couple of years every time I see one of my siblings we sit around and tell stories from my dad or about my dad trying to weed out what actually happened what got a nice polish in the story factory and what is an outright lie I get that same feeling from this book – of siblings sitting around and saying “Do you remember ” and “You weren’t there this one time ” or “No that’s just what Dad said happened what actually happened was ” I’m sure someday my siblings and I will put together a history of our own since every one of us seems to have inherited the storytelling gene Whatever I write will be in some way inspired by this book

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Free The Glass Castle kindle Á eBook 9780743247542 ô Jeannette Walls Ð [Download] ✤ The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls – Danpashley.co.uk A tender moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successfMselves 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 intelligence to get out but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity Hers is a story of triumph against all odds but also a tender moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms For two decades Jeannette Walls hid her roots Now she tells her own story The warning is this If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being too bohemian Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful you will end up eating trash off dark alleywaysPeculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of We saw this in the Frank McCourt gray sad Angela's Ashes even so in any of the Augusten Burroughs books mainly Running with Scissors When memoirs are like this invigoratingly Roald Dahlesue in painting pictures of past predicaments and obviously the survival of the protagonist the reader reads on No matter how bad you have it someone somewhere sometime probably had it worseThe Walls children 3 of the 4 at least become inspired by their nomadic parents wanting to be so unlike their progenitors that they actually turn their lives around Here is testament of someone living way under the poverty level in modern times getting out alive a smarter woman for it That she appreciates it and maintains a smile is the very heart of this non fic gemPS Can't wait to see the movie Probably on DVD