Thanks to Iriwka Gordeeva, I had downloaded New Zealander Listener Magazine dated March 18, 2018 and read an article entitled “The Book Of Tara” on page 24 to page 27.
I highly recommend you to read the article (attached), especially those who needs a lot of motivation.
The article – written by Diana Wichtel – was about Tara Westover’s terribly sad youthful life with an abusive father, a fundamentalist Mormo, would regularly force her head into the toilet bowl.
About her mother, “sometimes seemed to support her daughter, but it never lasted. “I would say that she’s my mother until my father gets in the room.Then she becomes him. Which version of her is right? I don’t know.” In the end, she feared for her life.”
In Educated, she speculates that her father is bipolar. “I always understood it to be something like that, rather than anything malicious, and certainly not that he didn’t care about us or love us.” For all she’s been through, there remains a stubborn loyalty. She points out that her father suffered a disfiguring injury, too, when a car exploded in the junkyard. “He wouldn’t have put us in any danger that he wouldn’t have put himself in.”
But a father’s job is to not put his child in danger at all and he almost wilfully failed to keep his children safe. Her mother didn’t intervene. There were other instances of suboptimal parenting. They failed to protect Westover when she tried to get them to confront the physical and psychological abuse to which Shawn was subjecting her. She writes of waking to find him with his hands around her throat, calling her a slut and a whore. He’d seen her wearing lip gloss.”
Description by Amazon.com:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable.”—USA Today
“The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Westover brings readers deep into this world, a milieu usually hidden from outsiders.”—The Economist
Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.
Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent.
When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
If any of you has it, please share with us this heart wrenching book. Thank you.