August 21, 2008

The Glass Castle - Review

Thursday morning. The kids and I are heading to the pool today, can't wait to get there, today could very possibly be our last day of swimming this year. Tonight the kids get to find out who their teachers are and attend meet the teacher. Big doin's.


I stayed up too late last night thanks to the 2 glasses of sweet tea I drank at Rosa's for dinner. I finished "The Glass Castle." This book was a true story about a very poor family who moved around alot, the kids overcame their raising and made good lives for themselves. The writer Jeannette Walls is currently a contributor for msnbc. The father was an alcoholic and the mother, even though she was never given a "diagnosis" in the book had some emotional or mental problems. This book was filled with so many ironic situations, the parents were allowing their kids to live in horrible conditions, but by the end of the book you find out the mom had money in land and jewelry worth over a million dollars. And the intelligence of the parents was startling, they both were geniuses but were homeless or about homeless all through the raising of their kids. I can't say that I recommend this book, I didn't not like it, in fact it was hard to put down, but it is not for the faint of heart, and that is what I am faint of heart. So if you read it be prepared for some rough language and some hard to read situations.
Part of the book hit close to home, the kids might not have food, but there was always cash for the dad to go to the bar. Reminded me of my childhood in so many ways. Maybe that is why it was so hard to read.


So excited - several of us girls are going to San Antonio this weekend to hear Beth Moore. I am looking forward to some fresh words. I will probably twitter through the weekend.


Staci said...

wow, I dont know why but ive heard of this book, maybe i picked it up somewhere. Sometimes being reminded of our childhood makes us face the bitterness or hurt that we have stuffed down. I have just recently started to "deal" with this type of stuff in my life....

OH and btw i read "the shack" AWESOME....surfed over from LPM

Susan said...

I have an award for you over at my place.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend away with the girls.