Book Reviewed: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle is the childhood memoir of Jeannette Walls. From age 3, the author envelops the reader into the folds of her capricious family and takes a journey that is filled with both deep despair and unconditional love.
It was a fast, easy book to get through due to the excellent style of writing and the authors no non-sense way of telling the story.
As a parent many parts of this book were heartbreaking for me to read. Imagining Jeannette and her siblings put into the situations they were by parents who were, by nature, supposed to protect them. I cant imagine how hard it would have been to revisit those memories and am amazed that I was able to come to the end of the book with the realization that even after all she has been through, she still has love, compassion and humor toward those that made her young life so hard. She was able to come through it strong and determined.
I get the feeling things were even worse then she lets on. Especially, with the dynamic of her parent’s marriage, the extent of her father’s inebriated episodes and her mother’s often, what I would consider, willful neglect.
At times, I did feel a detachment between the author and the story. I think that comes from wanting to tell the story as it really was and not just her young perception of it.
I rated this book 4 stars. It was well written, totally engrossing and was a reminder that even though you may not have been given the lot in life you may have wished for, you can rise above it, shine your own star and beat the odds.