The Glass Castle ~ Whole Book, Final Discussion

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Re: The Glass Castle ~ Whole Book, Final Discussion

Post by salberson 10 » 21 Jul 2014, 21:11

So much love for the novel and the author! -
Love the characters and the depiction of a loving dysfunctional family as well as truly grotesque and despicable family members (uncle and grandmother). Jeanette Walls is gritty and amazing!

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Post by allesha » 03 Aug 2014, 14:48

I read this book a long time ago and don't remember a lot of the details but I remember enough. If I was her, I would still feel haunted by past problems. I think her parents were happy and they have a right to be happy, but they also should have taken more responsibility over their kids, especially when the money is there. I liked this book though, it as a different perspective. It was recommended to me by a friend so long ago and I would and have recommended he book to others.

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Post by aaa1234 » 19 Jan 2015, 13:40

The Glass Castle is about her siblings and the poverty they faced. You may or may not like this book.

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Post by aaa123 » 24 Jan 2015, 16:10

The book taps into major issues such as poverty. Anyone can read this book. A very good read.

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Post by melbuhtoast » 30 Jan 2015, 09:59

I found this book completely frustrating and sad. I hated the way the children were treated by their parents - the parents were just incredibly selfish (in my opinion), and more than once I just wanted to scream "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!" It made me appreciate all of the good in my life, while simultaneously making me feel like a spoiled brat for all the good I have.

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Post by Melinda1973 » 05 Mar 2015, 19:59

This is one of my top ten favorite books! Maybe because it reminds me of the stories my father and his siblings tell about their upbringing. My background is in Early Childhood and it never seizes to amaze me the resilience one child can half and the brokenness another can experience raised in the same environment. But one thing seems to be a key factor. That eliminate of love, no matter how twisted or thin. As long as it's present a child has a chance to thrive, this really shown through in the rebelling of this authors personal experience.

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Post by NerdShopGirl » 27 Mar 2015, 14:33

This book is my arch enemy in the world of books. Whenever I hear someone suggest it I cringe inside. I voluntarily chose this book to read with my book group several years ago and I think we collectively agreed (for the first time in our group's history) that it was a hateful awful book. The writing is wonderful and I feel so much for what she went through but I was so angry the entire time I was reading it that to this day I can still get fired up inside at the thought of it.

I wanted to reach inside the pages and smack the mother around. I can honestly say that this is the only book I have ever encouraged people not to read.

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