Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Glass Castle

I'm reading the last pages of this amazing book, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. It tells the true story of her life, being raised by eccentric, nomadic parents; Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. They believed children should learn from their own mistakes and learn to take care of themselves from a young age, so her and her siblings were largely left to their own devices. They lived in utter poverty, not having heat, electricity, or even food at times and had to eat whatever they could find in the garbage. And yet she tells her story with such love and humour that I've hardly been able to put it down. It's one of those books that affect you so much that your view on every day things is turned upside down. If you haven't read it yet, I strongly recommend that you do so! Maybe not the perfect book to read on the beach, but a great holiday read none the less.

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