the glass castle, while at times an emotionally challenging read, is one of the more uplifting and triumphant books that i have read. jeannette walls and her siblings had an incredibly difficult childhood, suffering through poverty, countless moves, an alcoholic father, and a mother described as at best a 'free spirit.' the children manage to survive through the trials of their childhood, and are actually able to use these trials and lessons to become generally successful and happy adults, stable and self - sufficient in the end.
the characters in the book are fascinating. one immediately feels a connection with jeannette, the narrator, as well as her siblings. while the parents have few redeeming moments, they are there, and through them, there is a glimpse of the love that they have, despite all the unbelievable situations that they put the children through. time and time again, the reader is shocked at the seeming betrayal of the parents, but throughout each one, the children somehow manage to survive and move beyond the incident, supporting each other through them, encouraging each other to keep the common goal of survival and escape to a different life in the forefront of their minds.
i feel that anyone who has suffered through difficulties and challenges with their loved ones would benefit from the positive message that comes from the success and survival of the individuals in this book. while the book is a memoir, it is a powerful reminder to each of us that we as humans are resilient creatures, able to take challenges, and turn them into success stories.
i thank the author for her candid and honest tale, and giving us all a powerful reminder to not give up -
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