the glass castle

September 28, 2010 at 1:43 am 4 comments



after lunch at a cuban restaurant, we decided to go to a nearby bookstore to browse. while there, she pointed to a book and said, “this one is really good.” on the cover was the profile of a girl with her hand covering her mouth. flipping the cover over, the whole picture emerged. it was that of the girl whispering something to what appeared to be her elder sister.

the book was “the glass castle” by jeannette walls. it was definitely a chick book, but i bought it anyway. i was afraid she wouldn’t go out with me again if i didn’t. besides, i thought it couldn’t be any worse than the supermarket tabloids that i read while waiting in line at the grocery store.

the back cover describes it as “a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. when sober, jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. but when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

“the walls children learned to take care of themselves. they fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to new york. their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.”

i liked the book very much. it was well-written. it’s been in the new york times best seller list for 100 weeks. it made me go boohoo and reminisced the old days. growing up poor in the philippines, i could relate to her story. like the walls, we never had electricity and running water. we had a leaking roof. as a family, we read a lot, too. i found it quite odd, though, that a family could be that poor and hungry in america. after all, this country is the land of plenty. her story proved it to be an illusion. but it also proved that this country is the land of opportunity.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sub  |  September 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    “i found it quite odd, though, that a family could be that poor and hungry in america. after all, this country is the land of plenty. her story proved it to be an illusion.”

    — taas ng tingin mo sa america noh? hmmm, well, iba-iba naman tayo ng perspective sa buhay.

    “i was afraid she wouldn’t go out with me again if i didn’t. ”

    — who is SHE? 😆 kwento naman jan!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  September 29, 2010 at 8:45 am

      sub:

      america isn’t perfect, yes, but i think it’s a great country. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Joy  |  October 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I have read the book. One thing that stood out in the book to me was the part where the mother was caught by her hungry children hiding a bar of chocolate for herself. What in the world! I feel relieved knowing that the children grew up to be responsible and successful adults in spite of their terrible childhood.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      joy:

      i love good writing and this book is one of them.

      Reply

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