The Glass Castle Paperback – 4 May 2006
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'Walls doesn't pull her punches. Walls's parents - just two of the unforgettable characters in this excellent, unusual book - were a matched pair of eccentrics. And raising four children didn't conventionalise either of them. [Walls has] a fantastic storytelling knack.' Publishers Weekly 'Just read the first pages of THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls, and I defy you not to go on. It's funny, and sad, and quirky, and loving. I was incredibly touched by it.' -Dominick Dunne, author of The Way We Lived Then : Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper and Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments * 'Like JD Salinger or Hemingway before her, Jeannette Walls has the talent of knowing exactly how to let a story tell itself, crafted without self-pity or analysis or judgement' Independent on Sunday * 'A terrific story, grippingly told' Sunday Times * 'Funny and brilliantly written' Evening Herald * 'There isn't a shred of self-pity in this deeply compassionate book' Marie Claire
Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heart-breaking childhoods... This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit.' - Dani ShapiroSee all Product Description
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"I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening (party), when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster ... She had tied rags around her shoulders to keep out the spring chill ... To the people walking by, she probably looked like any of the thousands of homeless people in New York City ... I was embarrassed by them, too, and ashamed of myself for wearing pearls and living on Park Avenue while my parents were busy keeping warm and finding something to eat." - Jeannette Walls
THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls is the second-best book I've read this year to date, the best being Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
Rose Mary and Rex Walls were married in 1956. Over the next several years, they had four children - daughters Lori, Jeannette and Maureen and son Brian. Anti-establishment and anti-authoritarian individualists frequently on the run from something, the couple refused to enter the societal mainstream even to the extent of supplying their children with the conventionally acceptable American upbringing that stipulates freedom from hunger and the provision of adequate shelter and clothing. THE GLASS CASTLE is Jeanette's poignant and powerful memoir of growing up emotionally loved but materially deprived.
From Jeannette's narrative, it's soon apparent that her parents are gifted and intelligent human beings.Read more ›
I was engrossed from start to finish and, whilst I wanted the traumatic conditions to end, I didn't want the story to end.
Buy it, read it, enjoy it.
The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Alex Awards (Awards))
Brought up by a feckless alcoholic father expert in the art of the moonlight flit and an equally feckless mother who, despite having the means and qualifications to support her family chose to neglect her children to indulge her own passion for painting, you could forgive Jeannette for being bitter. But very little bitterness surfaces even though she could give The Pythons' Four Yorkshiremen a run for their money - 'you were lucky, we had to scavenge for food in the school garbage, our toilet was a bucket on the kitchen floor and I had to paint black spots on my legs to render the holes in my trousers invisible'.
The book charts Jeannette's nomadic childhood in the American West living in desert, mountains and all the terrain in between. It's written in the crisp, journalistic style of her eventual career which makes the memoir extremely readable - I finished it inside forty eight hours. But it isn't simply factual, there are some wonderful descriptive passages on the adventures that she and her brother Brian had as underdogs - the lowest of the low - in places where the whole town was at the bottom of the social scale.
Jeannette ended up living grandly on Park Avenue while her parents lived homeless on the New York streets. She writes lovingly about her father whose catch phrase "would I ever let you down?" she always responded to through gritted teeth.Read more ›
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The most amazing book I've read in ages. It stayed with me for months.... Absolutely worth reading!Published 2 days ago by S. Mandalay
A survival memoir that reveals the underbelly of American society. The Walls are always 'doin the skeddaddle' and we follow their rackety lives as they reach for their destinies. Read morePublished 17 days ago by jennieclaire
A wonderful heart warming story. So readable. Makes you laugh and cry in turn .Published 1 month ago by Helen M Penfold
Really enjoyed this book. A great read and a little bit different.Published 1 month ago by Patricia Horne
I decided to read this book because somebody at work recommended it to me. I can't remember who that person was but if I could I would thank them coz it really is an amazing book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Possibly my favorite reads of all time. Beautifully written, the book takes you through such a variety of emotions and I could not put it down. Would without a doubt recommend.Published 1 month ago
I love books like this! Great characterisation, absorbing story with lessons about life. Never a dull moment and a real page turner.Published 2 months ago by Julie
Fabulous book, recommended in The Prison Book Club and once you read it you will understand why. Went straight out and bought the sequel as soon as I had finished it.Published 2 months ago by Rachel Passmore