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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Написано Jeannette Walls

Озвучено Jeannette Walls

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Jeannette Walls grew up with 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. 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 themselves, 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. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

Примечание редактора

A triumphant exposé…

With millions of copies sold and a film adaptation starring Brie Larson, reporter Walls’ memoir is a triumphant exposé on the one subject she knows best: her dysfunctional family.

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательSimon & Schuster Audio
Дата выпуска15 сент. 2010 г.
ISBN9781442339712
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Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than eight years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I loved this story! Most of the time I could not believe what these kids did to survive! It was one thing after another! I had this book for quite awhile I'm glad I picked it up and read it !
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    There are, apparently, as many kinds of abuse as there are different kinds of people. This book is filled with scenes since Walls has an astounding childhood. Her parents were nuts, her dad a brilliant drunk and her mother an eccentric artist. Walls as a magazine editor keeps explanation to a minimum and stays with the younger narrator. The book is terrific as a loving portrait of resilence in the face of harrowing odds. Frequently the kids are starving due to the neglect. She fashions her own braces, they skedaddle in the middle of the night but the younger narrator doesn't jump out of her perspective so it isn't until the father is tied to the bed to go through DT's that we realize how bad it is. Wisely Walls starts with a scene from her adulthood where she spots her mother dumpster diving from a taxi on her way to Park Avenue so you know it will work out.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Wow, what a family. In this memoir, Jannette Walls recounts growing up in a family that is constantly on the move, often in poverty, and struggling to keep itself together. Her alcoholic father and artistic mother meandered through life, moving from town to town as they pursued new ideas that fail to make their fortunes and eventually find themselves evicted or otherwise in need of leaving. I found both parents frustrating and I really started rooting for this family when the kids decided to leave for New York City and, one by one, they start to leave. A fascinating tale and well worth the read.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I found this book to be most disturbing because it is true. Walls has written about the life that she led as a child in a manner that reflects her love for her parents, despite how she was raised. The matter-of-fact attitude with which she writes comforted me as I was appalled at some of the memories she shared; if she could write about them as though she were writing about any mundane happening, then I felt I shouldn't perhaps be as horrified as I was. I grew up during the same time period, and I thought about my years in junior high and high school especially. That gave me a perspective that only made things seem worse. For example, I cannot imagine being in 7th or 8th grade and taking only one bath a week or having so few clothes to wear. I admire Walls and her siblings that also went to New York, that they had the desire to be successful despite the way they were raised. Ultimately, this book was uplifting, oddly enough. There is a depth of love there that I am not sure I could have.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Excellent memoir
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Jeannette caught my attention on the first page. She is a great writer. I can't imagine how hard it was to tell her own story. It is not a light read, by no means. It is about her dysfunctional family, alcoholism, child neglect and abuse. Very well done.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    The Glass Castle is an extremely well-written autobiography: the author manages to portray a childhood of abusive and criminal neglect with compassion and humor and an encyclopedic memory for humanizing detail.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Excellent Book!!
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Painfully lived, beautifully written.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Riveting memoir.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Just about everything you want from a memoir: funny, insightful, honest, and well written. Excellent work!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This was an incredible story of survival and the capacity children have to love their parents no matter what the parents do or rather despite what the parents do. I was blown away with the stories of neglect and outright abuse these children had to suffer at the hands of not only their parents but also society. It was amazing that the children grew up to be so well-adjusted considering all that they went through. These parents truly believed that their's was a lifestyle choice that living from day-to-day with no thought to the long-term care of their children was an acceptable way to live. The most disturbing aspect of this book was that the near starvation/homelessness that the family perpetually lived in could have been avoided by the father keeping any of the jobs that he had or the mother selling her jewelry or the land she owned - imagine the selfishness that had to take. Read this book and then go hug your parents and your children.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Excellent!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    great read
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Great Book!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This story seems too far-fetched to be true... and yet. Walls does an incredible job of describing an incredible childhood, balancing hardships with good times, while being as non-judgmental as she could with regards to unconventional parents. An eye-opening story
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Jeanette Walls tells us about life growing up with parents who are hopelessly inadaquate as parents . they cannot and will not function in any normal way. Jeanette describes a life of poverty. A life on the move , of hunger, misadventure, bullying and depravity. Yet there is such humor and tenderness and lack of blame in her writing. It's truely amazing.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    beautifully written childhood memoir. fairytale ending too.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Good, thought-provoking.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Amazing memoir
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Fantastic book.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    (4.5 stars) Well, once I started this, I really couldn't stop! It drew me in and kept me going until the end. I like books like this with short little chapters...you can stop and start easily to get up to get a snack, to go to the bathroom, answer the door, whatever. It's a very moving book. There were times (lots of them) where I wanted to reach in and strangle the parents, but also moments that were very moving and some redeeming qualities. Lots of the things in this book seemed so farfetched and it's hard to believe they really happened, but you've got to hand it to the author for surviving a life like she has. And now I really want to meet Jeannette Wells. I feel like I've got to meet the person behind the writing. A very good book -- highly recommended.
  • Рейтинг: 1 из 5 звезд
    1/5
    Didn't bother to finish the book. It was so depressing and so dysfunctional that I just didn't want to read any more.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    Reminds me very strongly of the life story of the folks in Hillbilly Elegy. Cycle of poverty repeating itself. Rather depressing.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I really enjoyed this novel. I read it my sophomore year of High School and I can still remember it very well. The life that she grew up in was not the happiest of all lives. I feel bad that it's a true story but I'm glad that Walls was able to recover herself and find herself a nice place and life to settle down in, even as her parents live on the streets.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Truth is stranger than fiction.In this memoir, Jeanette Walls tells the story of her childhood, travelling America with her highly intelligent, yet dysfunctional parents. Her mother was an artist and shunned any suggestion of 'normal' life within four permanent walls. Her father was a vibrant character when sober, who taught his children science, geography and maths, but when drunk, transformed into a gambling, thieving liar. Much of the time they were escaping in the middle of the night from some debt or misdemeanour of their father's. Sometimes he worked, but often it ended in tears.I am always amazed at how resilient children can be. These four siblings pretty much raised themselves and frequently had more sense then their parents. When they did spend time in any one place it was generally in squalor, sleeping in cardboard boxes under leaking roofs, often not knowing where the next meal was coming from.My enduring memory from the book was when Jeanette was asked by her father what she would like for her birthday and she replied that she wanted him to stop drinking - and he did it, at least for a while. He loved his children dearly, but he loved alcohol more. He was an inventor, always coming up with some new scheme that was going to make him huge amounts of money. Perhaps his greatest pipe-dream, was the Glass Castle of the title, the fantastic house, for which he'd drawn elaborate plans, but which never came to fruition.Jeanette's mother was a complete screw-ball, I wonder if she was in some way mentally ill. She came from a wealthy family, and when things got particularly tough the family would go back and stay with the grandmother on her ranch. This was the childrens' only taste of luxury, with regular meals and a proper bed. Jeanette's mother inherited a fair amount of money and a house, on their grandmother's death, but very little changed in their way of life.The ending was revealed at the start, so it's no spoiler to say that the mother ended up homeless by choice, a denouement that I would think unbelievable if I'd read it in a novel! There is an interesting video on GoodReads, where the mother is interviewed, well worth a watch.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    An interesting, compelling read, but I wish the author had commented more on her experiences or drawn conclusions about what her childhood meant for her adulthood. As it is, the book is very journalistic. What is there is good, but it isn't satisfying. It's interesting, but not insightful.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    No fault to find with the story-telling, author is a fine writer... Small Spoiler Alert: this nonfiction story tells of parents who should have never had off-spring (they were self-centered and hands-off in the raising of their children to an extreme -- the children raised themselves) and three of four somewhat successful children growing up with barely shelter above their heads, irregular/undependable meals provided and accidental education. The world at large does not need this story told. Those who should read this won't change their behavior because they won't recognized themselves in the story. The rest of us recognize that there has always been and will always be neglectful parents, many children of whom will succeed independently because they have the internal wherewithall. The other children will fail for the lack of guidance and parental teachings and so the world will continue to revolve as it has always done. Find a different book... this story won't add to your life or mind or spirit, unless reading of depraved parenting is what you seek.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I was leery of reading this book for a while, and boy was I wrong. If you have any reservations, I will tell you it is one of the more speedy reads you can find, so take the chance. The matter of fact story telling was fantastic, and there was not a hint of feeling sorry for herself or her family. I am pretty sure I made some comments about never reading another memoir after reading another one for book club a couple of months ago - good thing I don't take myself too seriously. Not even a hint of whininess. Talk about about some resilient kids, though I think the jury is still out on my namesake. I suppose I should be feeling outraged at what they were subjected to, but they were so loved and loved eachother, that if they ever had been separated by the system stepping in and applying society's values (and laws!), I really think the outcome would not have been so positive. I think I will have to read the story of her grandmother now.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This book is so insanely beautiful and horrific all at once. It really is indescribable, but I love it. I love that she doesn't dwell on emotion itself, just describes the situations and allows you to feel it.