Educated by Tara Westover

Educated

“The thing about having a mental breakdown is that no matter how obvious it is that you’re having one, it is somehow not obvious to you. I’m fine, you think. So what if I watched TV for twenty-four straight hours yesterday. I’m not falling apart. I’m just lazy. Why it’s better to think yourself lazy than think yourself in distress, I’m not sure. But it was better. More than better: it was vital”

Education for me has been the biggest blessing in my life,it has given me a sense of responsibility and freedom at the same time,and more than the degrees and diplomas I feel it’s something that opens up your mind to the world and to yourself.

This book Educated by Tara Westover is the most powerful piece of literature I have read in a while,yes it was difficult to read at times but also impossible to put down and a book I think everyone should read.

A religious fanatic father, hoarding food and guns and bullets and keeping his family off the radar, not filing for birth certificates, not getting medical attention when they needed it, avoiding the government, the feds at all cost , keeping his children out of school, the paranoia, the preparation for the “Days of Abomination” – this is what we find in this place on a mountain in Idaho.

There are horrible accidents and he won’t get medical help for his family. Her mother’s healing herbs and tinctures are used to treat the slightest scrape to the most horrible head injury or burns from gasoline to an explosion.

If some thing bad happens it because that’s the will of the Lord.

Her mother seems at times more sympathetic to her children, but she is complicit by her subservience to her husband;family of neglect in the name of religious beliefs and in reality mental illness.

It isn’t just her father but the brutality by one of her brother’s which is more than awful and creates rifts between family members,fortunately she was bold enough and somehow found the will to rise above it all while she is torn with the sense of duty, of loyalty to her family, the ingrained beliefs, still loving her family is miraculous.

Going to college was the first time she’d been in a classroom, not knowing what the Holocaust was, learning about slavery, the depression, WWII, the civil rights movement. She doesn’t just get a college education but ultimately a PhD from Cambridge, a Harvard fellowship. She struggles for years to discover who she was, who she could be – a scholar, a writer, an independent woman. This is a stunning, awe inspiring story that will haunt the reader long after the book ends.

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