Tuesday, July 17, 2012
BOOK REVIEW: "The Glass Castle"
I think the most difficult thing about reading this book was seeing the two very able-bodied parents sit idly by while their children went hungry. The worst of this for me was the scene where the four children haven't eaten anything substantial for days and the mother is caught sitting at the side of the room sneakily eating a candy bar. Who would do that? Surprisingly though, the author doesn't seem to resent her parents for raising her this way. She describes them with affection and kindness and is only saddened by their shortcomings.
This book was both fascinating and horrifying, but it was extremely well-written. I think of the things I went through as a child and they just don't even compare to what this family struggled through and survived. Highly recommend this one for all readers.