El castillo de cristal has ratings and reviews. Emily May said: Now I get why people like this memoir so it is a memoir and. El Castillo de Cristal es la historia conmovedora de una familia que ama y que también abandona, que es leal y al mismo tiempo decepciona. Su lectura no. Find El Castillo De Cristal/ the Glass Castle by Walls, Jeannette at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — El castillo de cristal by Jeannette Walls. El castillo de cristal by Jeannette Walls. Algunas pocas veces en la vida nos encontramos con libros excepcionales. El de su familia. Una familia al mismo tiempo profundamente disfuncional y tremendamente viva, vibrante. La familia Walls es una familia errante.

En el camino quedan noches donde duermen al aire libre en el desierto, pueblos donde acuden por una semana a la escuela, vecinos que los ayudan y abusos de todo tipo. Una historia transformadora sobre la locura, la pobreza y el amor. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To jexnnette other readers questions about El castillo de cristalplease sign up. From the start wzlls the book to the end of the book Jeannettes vision and hope for the glass castle changed.

I think it was a perfect title, in my opinion. Though Rex Walls was a drunk, why did he let other men touch her daughter? Even the laziest of fathers protect their daughter like they caatillo a prized possession, but Rex Walls didn’t even go with her to a secluded bedroom upstairs with more than one person.

This jeannettee dumbfounds me jdannette of that reason as well as Rex allowing the men to fondle Jeanette between games. Lisa This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Two thoughts on this: He also adhered to the idea that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s possible that Rex believed that surviving these sexual molestations would make his children stronger. They are proud of their children for being intelligent, getting straight A’s fastillo this reflects well on Rex and Rose Mary ; but the things that should shame them — their children’s poor hygiene, threadbare clothing and general “need” — don’t even register because Rex and Rose Mary are incapable of empathy.

Their children are props in their life, nothing more. Rex is able to use Jeannette as a pawn in his money-making scheme because a he sees that she is useful to him; and b as a narcissist, he has no empathy for her. If she made it out fine, all would be well and good.

And if Jeannette was raped in the bar, then it would be her own fault for not sufficiently defending herself. That’s part of what made jeabnette tale so cringe-worthy. See all 54 waols about El castillo de cristal…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true castillk, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale.

My favourite non-fiction books are those that don’t lose the compelling flow of a good fiction book – that still pull you into another world and life, dragging you along for the ride. This is one of those. I especially liked reading about Walls’ complex and conflicting thoughts about her parents and ch Now I get why people like this memoir so much.


El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle: A Memoir

I especially liked reading about Walls’ complex and conflicting thoughts about her parents and childhood. When she’s writing about her youth, she writes with the rose-tinted glasses of a young girl who loves her family; as she grows, she begins to see the shadows of reality creeping in – her father’s alcoholism, her mother’s selfish behaviour, the lack of food in the cupboards as a parental failure and not a normality.

Jannette, through it all, she still loves her parents. She remembers her father as an intelligent man full of fantastical stories, and her mother as a castill artist. It’s interesting, though, how differently I felt toward them. Normally, a convincing story has me feeling the same way as the narrator, but even though I could understand Walls’s love for her parents, I despised them for being selfish and neglectful.

I hated them for allowing a 3 year old jeannett use the stove and cause herself serious burns.

El Castillo De Cristal/ the Glass Castle by Walls, Jeannette

I felt extreme anger, not love and understanding, towards them. But that’s not a criticism. The Glass Castle is a beautifully-written, emotional read. A true bildungsroman, full of dark and happy times. View all 36 comments. Barbara Bussey Jeahnette review – I felt exactly all of what you described! Aug 09, Carolina Morales I loved your review. You see, Jeannette loves her parents, despise it all. It is left to us readers to loathe, question crista, even hate them at full, si I loved your review.

It is left to us readers to loathe, question and even hate them at full, since she is unable fastillo a bit of Stockholm syndrome maybe, after all, they’re her parents! Who here has seen the show Shameless? I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is crishal British one, too, that it is based on. To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir.

Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from Jeannette Walls’ life.

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She did a great job throwing them all together to create a story even without a specific plot. I am not sure that any of the stories lasted more than a few pages, but each one of them was interesting Who here has seen the show Shameless?

I am not sure that any of the stories lasted more than a few pages, but each one of them was interesting and important in its own way.

I listened to the book and it was great because it was was read by the author. I think that this is how all audio memoirs should be. Also, I thought it was interesting that although some of the stories made me want to reach through the speaker and shake her parents, she told the story without any positive or negative inflection.

It was like she was saying, “here is my story, you decide how you want to be affected by it. Some might be frustrated. Others might be brought to tears.

But, in the end, I think there is a little something jeanjette everyone here. View all 48 comments. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: La “The Glass Castle” is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Jeamnette, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill.

Later, Walls confronts her mother, asking what she is supposed to tell people about her parents, and her mother replies, “Just tell the truth.

The first third of the memoir deals with her young childhood on the west coast, as her parents live as nomads, moving frequently between desert towns, always seeking the next adventure. Walls’ mother is the key figure we meet here: In a key passage, Walls’ mother takes the kids with her to give them art lessons, as she paints and jeannetre the Joshua tree.


Walls tells her mother of her plan to dig up the tree, replant it, and protect it so it can go straight. Walls’ mother admonishes her, “You’d be destroying what makes it special. It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives its beauty. The family’s time in West Virginia makes up the next third of the story and depicts a depressed life in a depressed town. It is in West Virginia where the family seems to drift apart, particularly Walls’ father, who up to this point, had been worshipped and revered by his daughter.

Like Walls’ mom, her dad has a lot of imagination; while he takes odd jobs that never last long, his real dream is to strike it rich with one of his inventions. He promises, once he has found his gold, that he is going criatal build a “glass castle” — his most special project — a great big house for the family to live in.

Once in West Castiolo, Walls and her brother figure they will make the best of the situation, and they spend a month digging a hole in the ground to serve as the foundation for the glass castle. But because the family can’t pay for trash collection, their father instructs them instead to use the hole for castill family’s garbage. Although she has always been her father’s defender, Walls grows disillusioned with her father, eventually telling him ed will never build the glass jesnnette.

Determined not to end up like her parents, Walls moves to New York, where the last third of the book transpires. It is here that Walls “makes it,” graduating criztal college, gaining employment as a writer, marrying a rich husband, and settling into a Park Avenue apartment. Interestingly, while Walls has rejected her parents’ lifestyle, it is now their turn to reject hers.

Her father refuses to jeanntte the Park Avenue apartment, while her mother, after visiting the apartment, asks Walls, “Where are the values I raised you with? By crafting the memoir around stories of her childhood, we as readers are often troubled, not just because of the content of the stories but because the stories don’t provide much in the way of reflection or introspection.

It is, in fact, unclear what Walls actually does value — will she continue to identify success with the material trappings of her “normal” life in New York, or will she ultimately reject the conventional jeannettd, as her parents did?

Without more reflection from Walls, particularly in this concluding section of the book, readers are left to their own interpretation of “the truth” about her parents — are they just a drunk father and a lazy mother, or is there something more to it? The “Glass Castle” is an addicting page-turner that should captivate any reader. I chose to discount some of her parents’ cristsl and instead read this book as an homage to her parents. To me, the key passage in the book is rl Walls visits a classmate’s home in Castiolo Virginia and sees the empty walls in the house in stark contrast to her own home, which is cluttered with paintings and books and decorations and rejects the notion that her classmate’s father, passed out on the couch, bares any resemblance to her own father.