4 months ago
This one is all about the importance of learning and education, and the places it can take you.
Educated is a memoir of Tara Westover, the youngest of seven, who grows up in a very conservative, Mormon fundamentalist family, spends most of her childhood and adolescence doing rough, often dangerous scrap metal work for her father, never to recieve one letter of formal education.
It didn't help that her father had them convinced the world was going to end very soon, attending school and college was akin to joining the illuminati, and that her brother was an undiagnosed psychotic patient who frequently subjected her to his wrathful fits, even going so far as to call her a whore for trivialities like speaking to a local boy.
Fast forward she joins college against her father's wishes, struggles initially both academically and socially, but then like a resolute bird pecking at wood, she carves out a niche for herself, eventually to earn her a PhD from Cambridge.
The picture is not all springs and flowery though. There are elements of abuse and neglect. For me the hurtful past was where Westover becomes a pariah in her own house. .
. "You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. .
“You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life."
Likeable feature: With so many movies & memoirs emphasising on the limitations of academic persuits or the futility of it, I am glad this one speaks of education as the old fashioned sure footed ladder to success. (⭐⭐⭐🌠/5)
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