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Educated: A Memoir (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2018; vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Tara Westover (Tekijä)

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"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 in her father's junkyard. 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Shaggy9342
Teoksen nimi:Educated: A Memoir
Kirjailijat:Tara Westover (Tekijä)
Info:Random House (2018), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 354) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Jeeeeez. This is hard to rate. It's well-written and insanely brave considering the abuse Westover suffered, but boy, is it relentless and brutal. I almost bailed more than a couple times. I found my hand moving to cover my eyes nearly every chapter as it heaped on the misery. It seemed neverending...right up until the end. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Extraordinary book - very open and honest, trying to reconcile different people’s memories when writing memoir
  MiriamL | Jun 6, 2021 |
Educated depicts the arduous journey of Tara Westover, who was brought up in a religious family, but defies them in order to pursue her studies - and, ultimately - her own path.
Through the ordeals of dealing with her family, we see how the preconceived ideas about the outside world, shaped by her conservative and isolated upbringing, are first smashed to bits, and then slowly rebuilt. But this comes with consequences, which Tara constantly finds herself questioning, and balancing, on a precariously perched scale. What does she do now, that the veil has been lifted? Will she stick to her family loyalties out of love, or will she go for her own sanity?

Her family are also bundles of humanly, confounding contradictions. Her religiously fanatic dad turns out to be secretly brilliant at algebra, but maintains that education is the Devil's work. He sustains horrific burn injuries after a mishap during scrapping, but rebounds miraculously and gains a huge following. Her mum, the model of traditional femininity, manages to muster a secret strength and gain temporary female empowerment through midwifery, until she sustains head injuries in an accident that alters her mind makeup permanently - but soon ekes out a lucrative living selling essential oils by using her 'test-clicking'. Her brother, Shawn, a dual masterclass at charm and being an actual psycho, dishes out equal amounts of brotherly love and unbrotherly abuse at Tara. Tyler stutters and is extremely shy, but is the only beacon of hope for Tara as he encourages her to study and get out of the madness, and is the only person who can stand up against Shawn.

What I found most compelling was not her journey in female empowerment (although that is also present), but rather the massive potential of the human mind, in shaping and giving form the path and consequences, on and of our outer reality.

TL;dr: If you want to see firsthand how stubbornly-held beliefs can massively ruin a person's life, or how newly forged perspectives can transform a person's life, this book is for you.

And to finish this review, here is a quote I'd like to leave from my beloved Yukio Mishima:

“What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.” ( )
  georgeybataille | Jun 1, 2021 |
File this under HOLY HELL! That is one insane memoir, you won't be able to stop shaking your head in disbelief as Tara Westover recounts her childhood and formative years growing up in a survivalist Mormon family in rural Idaho. Tara was "homeschooled," but in reality she had to teach herself everything; her mother let her and her siblings "learn at their own pace" and her father thought that anytime spent sitting around whoring after knowledge was time wasted. There was a junkyard to run after all! Tara was mercilessly abused by one of her older brothers and taught from a young age that the Illuminati were controlling everything which is why she had no birth certificate or any records indicating that she even existed. Her family refused to go to formal schools, to doctors (not even for the severe stuff!), or to anything. They were content hoarding supplies for the end of days. As Tara ages she gradually becomes aware that she should leave to figure things out on her own, but it's hard to cut ties with her family, even when they insist on dragging her down. I couldn't put this book down, you have to read it to believe it. The fact that Tara survived a very unconventional and dangerous upbringing is impressive, as is the fact that she has been so successful in her advanced education. A must read! ( )
  ecataldi | May 20, 2021 |
The best parts of this memoir are those which read like a novel, which attests to Westover's prose and masterful control over the book's pace, mood, and tone. I honestly didn't care what happened to her father and most of her brothers. Yet Westover is less vengeful or self-absorbed than most after experiences like hers. Wonderful book. ( )
  rosscharles | May 19, 2021 |
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...I had finally begun to grasp something that should have been immediately apparent: that someone had opposed the great march toward equality; someone had been the person from whom freedom had been wrested. (p. 180)
...something shifted nonetheless. I had started on a path of awareness, had perceived something elemental about my brother, my father, myself. I had discerned the ways in which we had been sculpted by a tradition given to us by others, a tradition of which we were either willfully or accidentally ignorant. I had begun to understand that we had lent our voices to a discourse who sole purpose was to dehumanize and brutalize others--because nurturing that discourse was easier, because retaining power always feels like the way forward. (p. 180)
I had decided to study no history, but historians. I suppose my interest came from the sense of groundlessness I'd felt since learning about the Holocaust and the civil rights movement--since realizing that what a person knows about the past is limited, and will always be limited, to what they are told by others. I knew what it was to have a misconception corrected--a misconception of such magnitude that shifting it shifted the world. Now I needed to understand how the great gatekeepers of history had come to terms with their own ignorance and partiality. I thought that if I could accept that what they had written was not absolute but was the result of a biased process of conversation and revision, maybe I could reconcile myself with the fact that the history of most people agreed upon was not the history I had been taught. Dad could be wrong, and the great historians Carlyle and Macauley and Trevelyan could be wrong, but from the ashes of their dispute I could construct a world to live in. In knowing the ground was not ground at all, I hoped I could stand on it. (p. 238)
It's strange how you give the people you love so much power over you, I had written in my journal. ... He had defined me to myself, and there's no greater power than that. (p. 199)
I had been taught to read the words of men like Madison as a cast into which I ought to pour the plaster of my own mind, to be reshaped according to the contours of their faultless model. I read them to learn what to think, not how to think for myself. (p. 239)
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"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 in her father's junkyard. 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

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