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Educated por Tara Westover
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Educated (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Tara Westover

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Educated
Autores:Tara Westover
Informação:Random House, Kindle Edition, 336 pages
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  samba7 | Feb 27, 2021 |
A very powerful memoir and particularly important at this point in American history. It shows how robust 'alternate reality' can be not just within a family but in a community even to those who have recognized its falsity and left. Perhaps not surprisingly, Westover's personal experience of this is blended with mental illness and abuse (both physical & emotional)... but her parents' version of reality is accepted by many in the community. The constant repetition of false ideas coupled with the emphasis that these ideas are the morally correct ones could not but remind me of Trump's behaviour... and Tara's struggle to become her own person made the grip Trump has on his supporters a bit more understandable to me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 25, 2021 |
Hard to read. Fascinating, horrible, Wow.
Incredible complex life story, heartbreaking at times.
Read this book! ( )
  DivineMissW | Feb 11, 2021 |
At first, I was not liking this book and was surprised that it was on several recommended reading lists including Bill Gates and Barack Obama. However, I was glad I finished it and enjoyed it by the end. The author guides you through her life with a solid writing style that is descriptive and complex. You truly get a sense of what her life was like and the struggles of seeing the world through a very filtered lens along with how easy it is to explain away the rest of the world with religion even in this day and time. It's a personal progression story that is truly unique. ( )
  mm691984 | Feb 11, 2021 |
Wow, hier was ik niet op voorbereid. Het was van “a little life” van Yanagihara geleden dat ik me nog zo ongemakkelijk voelde bij het lezen van een boek: de onophoudelijke reeks voorvallen van fysieke en psychische terreur grepen me naar de keel, en zelfs in toenemende mate, omdat het vrij snel tot me doordrong dat dit geen fictie, maar een autobiografisch geschrift was. Tara Westover beschrijft haar jeugdherinneringen in wat aanvankelijk een gewoon coming-of-age verhaal lijkt van een meisje dat in ruraal Idaho opgroeit in een groot gezin, met een vader die schroothandelaar is en een moeder vroedvrouw. De ouders zijn mormonen, maar staan duidelijk naast de mainstream van die kerk. Alarmbellen beginnen af te gaan als de vader fanatieke ‘survivalist’ trekken begint te vertonen, zich afzet tegen de overheid, de geboorte van zijn kinderen weigert te registreren of ze naar school te laten gaan, en zijn gezin voorbereidt op de Apocalyps, inclusief het aanleggen van een wapenarsenaal en grote voorraden voedsel en brandstof. Naar Amerikaanse Midwest-normen is dat misschien nog vrij normaal, maar wat Westover beschrijft kan je niet anders duiden dan psychische en fysieke terreur, vertrekkend bij gedwongen gevaarlijke klussen klaren tussen brute schrootverwerkingsmachines, het weigeren van medische hulp als de kinderen zwaar- tot zelfs levensgevaarlijk gewond geraken, vervloekingen en bedreigingen als ze eisen om een deftige scholing te krijgen, en tenslotte herhaaldelijke fysieke martelingen door een duidelijk compleet geflipte broer.
Westover zet daar haar persoonlijke ontvoogding tegenover, door zichzelf een behoorlijke scholing te gunnen, vertrekkend van gebrekkige zelfstudie tot ineens de sprong naar universitair onderwijs en uiteindelijk een doctoraat. Het interessantst is hoe dit gepaard gaat met een voortdurend afstand nemen en weer toenadering zoeken tot haar ouders, en ondermijnende zelftwijfel die typisch is voor mensen die zo’n traumatische opvoedingssituatie hebben moeten ondergaan.
Opvallend is hoe afstandelijk dit allemaal beschreven wordt, ontdaan van goedkope pathetiek en zelfs zonder al te uitgesproken rancune. Dat onderscheidt Westover duidelijk van andere getuigenissen in dit genre, en het maakt ook haar kracht uit. Ze is ook niet te beroerd de waarheidsvraag aan te kaarten: ze geeft herhaaldelijk toe dat wat ze beschrijft hààr perspectief is, en dat dat mogelijk eenzijdig of vervormd kan zijn. Dat uit zich ook in een soms wat rommelige verhaallijn, met passages die lijken te rammelen (en die sceptici de kans geven haar verhalen onderuit te halen) en met iets te uitgesponnen pogingen om zichzelf te rechtvaardigen. Naar mijn aanvoelen geven die zwaktes haar verhaal juist een grotere authenticiteit.
Dat neemt niet weg dat ik toch met een paar ongemakkelijke gevoelens blijf zitten. Zo benadert Westover regelmatig het randje van wat wel eens denigrerend ‘painporn’ wordt genoemd, zeker in de te nadrukkelijke beschrijvingen van de fysieke verwondingen (zoals bij broer Luke die zijn been verbrandt). Ik heb het ook moeilijk om de sprong van helemaal geen scholing naar een briljante academische carrière aannemelijk te vinden; zou het kunnen dat hier toch enige literaire overdrijving gespeeld heeft? Westover gaat ook wel heel opvallend de confrontatie met het mormoonse geloof uit de weg: akkoord, de paranoïa of de bipolaire stoornis van de vader hebben daar niet rechtstreeks mee te maken, maar zijn godsdienstwaanzin is op zijn minst de voedingsbodem voor zijn extreem gedrag. Het lijkt me dat Westover hier is gecapituleerd voor de lijn die je in de VS nu eenmaal niet ongestraft kan overschrijden.
Het zijn bedenkingen die dit boeken uiteindelijk reduceren tot wat het is: een therapeutisch van zich afschrijven van traumatische gebeurtenissen en worstelingen, door een coherent, eigen verhaal te construeren. Let wel, ik zeg helemaal niet dat dit boek niet waar is, integendeel. Maar het is de waarheid van Tara Westover, en ik wil daar alle respect voor opbrengen. Het heeft me in elk geval niet onberoerd gelaten. ( )
  bookomaniac | Feb 11, 2021 |
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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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