Saturday, June 12, 2010

Book Review: The Glass Castle

This book has come up a few times over the past few months, and I couldn't remember if I had read this or not. turns out I had-although a long time ago-pre2007 when I started keeping track of the books I read.

Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle is my book club's selection for our meetup next week. Although I have been making more of an effort to write more about the books I read as well as my opinions, I don't like to do too much of that for my book club selections, because, well that's what my book club is for!

With that being said: Did I like this book? That's a hard question to answer. I had a general feeling of discomfort while reading this book. This novel is based on Walls' life, and it was so hard not to judge her parents and their actions. I felt that her parents actions were often selfish and lazy. I felt frustrated and powerless-and in my opinion this alone is a sign that the writer did a good job. I think Walls was courageous to be so open about her past. Her writing is clear and articulate.

On another note: This copy actually belongs to my aunt who lives just outside of Winnipeg (I'm not sure if she know I have it actually!!), my sister brought it for me when she came to visit in May, and it will be returned to my aunt via my parents who are coming to visit it 6 DAYS (although it will have to travel through Quebec and then down through the states, hopefully making it's way back to my aunt in July).

My next reading selection, based on a recommendation from my friend Angela to try out another collection of short stories, is Alice Monroe's Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

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