What is life like as a child living with an alcoholic father and codependent mother? Like many of us, Jeanette Walls earliest memory is one that was traumatic. Cooking hotdogs by herself, at the age of 3, her clothes caught on fire resulting in her spending the next six weeks in hospital. This may seem like a long time but her treatment should have been longer. Her father snatched her from the hospital resulting in Jeanette being left with permanent scars. Fleeing was a way of life for her parents, Jeanette and her siblings.
Where does the title Glass Castle come from? Rex, Jeanette's father, carried the plans for a grand glass castle around with them. Reading the analysis and theme sections of this detailed Instaread review gives the reader a greater glimpse into what life was like for Jeanette and her family. How did the children's childhood affect their adulthood? The original book, told by Jeanette who is now a reporter, is described as being an easy ready whilst also being gut wrenching.
My review is based on the quality of this Instaread review and NOT the original book. I have read many Instaread books and have to say that I was a little disappointed with this one. Although the reader is provided a fantastic summary, the writing quality is not up to scratch. Grammatically speaking, there are several errors in this book. It is primarily written in the past tense which makes sense as Instaread is reviewing a memoir but the author mixes up the tenses several times. Here is an example:
"The potentially dangerous cheetah was soft to the touch and licks her hand." (It should be "licked".)
Maybe you do not have time to read the original? Maybe you have read the original and just want to refresh your memory? This book is still worth reading despite the noted errors above. Book provided in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Liz