The Glass Castle Book Review
I purchased "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls as an audiobook, but I loved it so much I bought a hard copy—to digest it more thoroughly, hoping the honest depictions would inspire my own writing.
There is one promise her father makes that she hangs onto—to build a glass castle.
The author, Jeannette, grew up in a family of six, marked by poverty, neglect, and abuse. Her father, who was an alcoholic, and her mother, who was an artist, lived a nomadic lifestyle, moving from place to place, often living in poverty. So much so that Jeannette and her siblings often went without food.
As a young child, Jeannette adored her father, always believing he would carry through with his promises. She's was caught between her child-like trust and the reality of a father who doesn't follow through. There is one promise her father makes—to build a glass castle, that she hangs onto. But as Jeannette grows older, the castle begins to symbolize all of his broken promises.
Jeannette describes in details the complex and often traumatic experiences she and her siblings faced. Despite the difficult circumstances, Jeannette's parents instilled in her and her siblings a sense of resilience and self-reliance. They were taught to be resourceful, fend for themselves, and never give up on their dreams.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thought-provoking and emotional read.
"The Glass Castle" is a powerful and moving memoir that stayed with me long after reading it. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a reminder that, no matter how difficult our circumstances may be, we can always find a way to overcome them. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thought-provoking and emotional read.
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