The Glass Castle

October 6, 2021 at 10:12 pm 44 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 October 2021

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Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

 
At the nearby used bookstore, my friend pointed to a book and said, “This one is really good.”

It was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It was a chick book, but I bought it anyway. I was afraid she wouldn’t go out with me again if I didn’t.

It showed one could be poor and hungry in a land of plenty like America. It also proved one could make it a land of opportunity through hard work and determination.

I ended up liking the book. Growing up poor in the old country, I could definitely relate to her story.

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44 Comments Add your own

  • 1. trishsplace  |  October 6, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Great. Simple and concise.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 7, 2021 at 8:28 am

      trish:

      it’s really quite a challenge to leave out many of the details. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  October 7, 2021 at 1:04 am

    As good a reason as any to buy the book.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 7, 2021 at 8:27 am

      neil:

      it’s been in the ny times bestseller lists for a long time. it’s been turned into a movie too for good measure. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. GHLearner  |  October 7, 2021 at 7:31 am

    That’ll teach him not to dismiss ‘chick books.’ Nice one, Plaridel.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  October 7, 2021 at 8:27 am

      gabi:

      i know, i know. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  October 7, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I haven’t read the book but did see the movie. It was good.
    I think I’ll see if my local library has it and compare witht he film.
    I like where you went with this story, Plaridel. I’m sure they’ll have lots of good times enjoying books together. Nicely done …
    Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

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    • 8. plaridel  |  October 7, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      isadora:

      personally, i think the book was better than the movie. i’m sure your local library will have a copy. πŸ™‚

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      • 9. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  October 8, 2021 at 8:38 am

        I’ve discovered that the book is always better then a movie made from a book. Thanks for adding it to your story. Have a wonderful weekend … Isadora 😎

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        • 10. plaridel  |  October 8, 2021 at 9:04 am

          isadora:

          that’s why that sometimes it’s better to watch the movie first. you enjoy the movie more because it keeps you from being judgemental. have a nice weekend. πŸ™‚

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  • 11. athling2001  |  October 7, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Great story. I love that book.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  October 7, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      anne:

      i’m glad you did. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 13. msjadeli  |  October 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    First time hearing of the book. Sounds like you liked it.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  October 7, 2021 at 10:41 pm

      msjadeli:

      you haven’t? now you do. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 15. Tannille  |  October 8, 2021 at 12:05 am

    I never heard of the book or movie. Chick-lit just got better by the sounds… er… read of it. πŸ˜€

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    • 16. plaridel  |  October 8, 2021 at 9:06 am

      tannille:

      it was kind of an autobiography. too good to be true but true nonetheless. i think you’d like it. πŸ™‚

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  • 17. draliman  |  October 8, 2021 at 12:32 am

    The sacrifices we make to get a second date… πŸ™‚

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 8, 2021 at 9:05 am

      draliman:

      whatever works can’t be taken for granted. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 8, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Never judge a book by its cover! It turned out to be a wise buy.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  October 8, 2021 at 9:05 am

      keith:

      added bonus was the second date. πŸ™‚

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  • 21. rochellewisoff  |  October 8, 2021 at 5:06 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    It’s nice that he read and enjoyed, regardless of his ulterior motive. πŸ˜‰ Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 8, 2021 at 9:04 am

      rochelle:

      what a lucky break indeed. πŸ™‚

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  • 23. Dora  |  October 8, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Plaridel,
    I love unexpected surprises, like picking up a book that looks like chick-lit and finding it enthralling. You did a great job evoking that feeling.
    pax,
    dora

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    • 24. plaridel  |  October 9, 2021 at 8:29 am

      dora:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 25. Iain Kelly  |  October 8, 2021 at 10:41 am

    It’s always worth trying a new book, especially outside of your normal reading.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 9, 2021 at 8:28 am

      iain:

      i think it helps us grow as a person and widen our horizon.

      Reply
  • 27. pennygadd51  |  October 8, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    I suppose once you’ve bought the book and got the second date, you have to read it in case she asks your opinion on it…

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 9, 2021 at 8:28 am

      penny:

      he should and better not lie about it. women have sixth sense as you know. πŸ™‚

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      • 29. pennygadd51  |  October 9, 2021 at 10:19 am

        Teehee – you’re right. We always know – but we don’t always say!

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        • 30. plaridel  |  October 10, 2021 at 11:42 am

          penny:

          πŸ™‚

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  • 31. granonine  |  October 9, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Chick book? I’ve heard of chick flicks, but not chick books. Seems I have some reading to do πŸ™‚

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 9, 2021 at 8:28 am

      linda:

      sorry, i might have mispoken. πŸ™‚

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      • 33. granonine  |  October 9, 2021 at 11:11 am

        No, I actually think it’s a good phrase! Some books really are aimed at women; others more at men. Nothing wrong with that πŸ™‚

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        • 34. plaridel  |  October 10, 2021 at 11:41 am

          linda:

          but of course. πŸ™‚

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  • 35. Bill  |  October 9, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Very good. I love stories like this. πŸ™‚

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    • 36. plaridel  |  October 9, 2021 at 8:27 am

      bill:

      you’re very kind. thank you. πŸ™‚

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  • 37. James McEwan  |  October 9, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Yes, finding inspiration in the most unexpected of places is like finding a speck of gold.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  October 10, 2021 at 11:41 am

      james:

      true indeed.

      Reply
  • 39. Woman walking Max  |  October 10, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I like the clear cut message in your story.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  October 10, 2021 at 11:41 am

      francine:

      i deeply appreciate your kind comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 41. susanrouchard  |  October 10, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for this. Would recommend The Librarian by Salley Vickers…. For the love of books.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  October 10, 2021 at 11:40 am

      susan:

      thanks for the tip. i’ll see if the local library has it. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 43. ahtdoucette  |  October 11, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Love how this happens sometimes with book recommendations. Great story that brings back good memories.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  October 13, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      anne:

      glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply

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