Monday, September 20, 2010
I said I would give you my opinion on it when I was finished reading it, so if you haven't read the book yet and don't want the ending spoiled, I wouldn't read any farther than this!
My heart broke as I read this book, it was so hard to believe that children can be so neglected by their parents. I have a very hard time hearing or reading anything about child neglect and when I got half way through the book, I wasn't sure if I could read anymore. I actually had to force myself to continue reading because I really wanted to see how all the children turned out. I knew Jeanette obviously turned out well since she was the author.
The whole time I was reading the book, all I could think of was how the parents were a cancer that would infect anything or anyone they came in contact with. The children had to raise the parents because the parents weren't responsible enough to raise their own kids. I know Jeanette and her siblings loved their parents dearly, but I had a hard time finding any sympathy or pity for them at all. They turned everywhere they lived into a dump. The children had 2 choices, they could fight in any way they knew how to pull themselves out of that dump or they could sink away into it with their parents never to escape. I was so delighted to read that the 3 oldest children chose to swim instead of sink. On an upside I did learn that some of my whining about things in life is so silly compared to the hardships these young children endured. I've learned to look at things a little different. Especially food, the way they would scrape to get by like having a stick of butter being their only meal at times. Let's not talk about the lard sandwiches.
I guess you could say this book really touched me and it's a book that I will continue thinking about days and weeks to come, most likely even years. The message and words are something I just can't shake off. You know that feeling? It just sort of stays with you. It's a good thing, too. My review may sound negative, but I'm glad I read the book and don't regret it. I would recommend this book for sure. There were some very funny parts where I was laughing hysterically. I've never had a book bring that kind of laughter out of me.
I'll probably not read anymore of Jeannettes books any time soon, I think I need something a little more light hearted to read next. I'll definitely read more of her books in the future though. I have one of her books called Half Broke Horses that I'll read later.
If you've read The Glass Castle, I would love to hear more details of what you thought of it.