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The Glass CastleA 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 PDFEPUB or 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 sai

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Rose 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 I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here I can relate to many of the lessons she learned and as such I never had an issue believing her These things can and do happen The system fails children and addicts whether they're addicted to alcohol or excitement will seek their fix above all else As long as the addiction is in the picture the person just doesn't exist Children in alcoholic families eventually become aware of this and the sooner they get it the better for them In the book this is nowhere clearly evidenced than in the case of Walls' youngest sister who spent the least amount of time in the presence of her parents dysfunction and yet was finally the most crippled of all the childrenOf course I admit I have a firmly seated belief that the strongest and most creative of personalities are forged in fire; Maureen just didn't get burned enough to see the necessity of making a different life for herself That and she was separated from her other siblings by so many years that they took care of her than they tried to include her in their effort to surviveI loved this book Walls' short but revealing scenes were detail and character driven and there were several times I caught myself chuckling at some absolute absurdity or marveling at an unexpected bit of wisdom from someone who should have been a totally unreliable source And I guess that's one of the main things I came away with after reading this book Wisdom can come from anyonewhether we like them or not And the trick to surviving is to take those things that make us better and stronger with us and to leave the rest behind

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PDF è BOOK The Glass Castle Í JEANNETTE WALLS Í [PDF / Epub] ☂ The Glass Castle Author Jeannette Walls – Insolpro.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 successful life on her own termsJeannette Walls grew Mselves 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 Who here has seen the show Shameless I am thinking of the American version but I know there is a British one too that it is based on To me that show could have been inspired by this memoir Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guyI enjoyed all the vignettes from Jeannette Walls' life She did a great job throwing them all together to create a story even without a specific plot I am not sure that any of the stories lasted than a few pages but each one of them was interesting and important in its own wayI listened to the book and it was great because it was was read by the author I think that this is how all audio memoirs should be Also I thought it was interesting that although some of the stories made me want to reach through the speaker and shake her parents she told the story without any positive or negative inflection It was like she was saying here is my story you decide how you want to be affected by itI believe that most people will enjoy this book Some might be frustrated Others might be brought to tears But in the end I think there is a little something for everyone here