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Educated: A Memoir di Tara Westover
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Educated: A Memoir (originale 2018; edizione 2018)

di Tara Westover (Autore)

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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.… (altro)
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Titolo:Educated: A Memoir
Autori:Tara Westover (Autore)
Info:Random House (2018), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
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Educated: A Memoir di Tara Westover (2018)

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I wish I could write as well as Westover does. She has an amazing way with language, even as she tells a frightening story. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
Usually, when I read a book in which the author records her professors and others telling her how brilliant she is, I’d put it down. Educated is an exception since that outside view is so out of sync with her inside view.
This book is about family—a very specific, even unusual family—yet it tells a universal story about how our family of origin and our physical environment (a mountain named Princess is an important character in the book) shape us.
When Educated was published, it generated publicity as the story of a girl whose first day in a classroom was when, at seventeen, she set foot on the campus of Brigham Young University. She told everyone she had been home-schooled, but there had been little of that. For the most part, since childhood, she had worked in her father’s scrapyard or assisted her mother in midwifery and concocting herbal remedies. Westover was the youngest child of parents at the survivalist fringe of Mormonism.
After fearing she wouldn’t last more than a semester at BYU, she graduated magna cum laude and went on to earn a Ph.D. in history at Cambridge University. This involved a psychologically painful reconfiguring of her mind and personality, no longer subservient to her father’s dicta, which she had largely internalized, nor in opposition to them, but based on her own reading and critical reflection. In essence, it’s a process we all go through in maturing, but for few of us does it mean such a radical break. As of the book’s publication, she no longer had contact with her parents or four siblings. In a final reflection on the book’s title, she notes that this correlates entirely along the lines of education: three left the valley and earned Ph. D.s, the other four remained in Idaho and never completed school.
She notes this without condemning anyone. I was struck by the amount of understanding and sympathy Westover shows toward all her family, despite abuse, betrayal, and life-threatening injury. She is proud of her education, but laments that it’s effect has been a chasm of separation. In a way, her family is emblematic of the red/blue divide of our society.
This is a book of courage and insight. In addition, it is well-written. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
In Tara Westover's book Educated she describes what it was like to grow up in a fundamentalist Mormon/survivalist family in Idaho that did not believe in public education, western medicine and did not trust the government. She gives details on the abuse she was on the receiving end from one of her brothers and the influence of another brother who escaped to college. Tara experiences self doubt and a culture shock in college, but she discovers this is who she is meant to be and cannot allow herself to be influenced by her dad & brother's beliefs anymore. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Jul 16, 2021 |
This book was too disturbing for me to read. The suppression right wing evangelicals was unacceptable and carried throughout the book of this book. ( )
  PHQTUBS | Jul 12, 2021 |
Well written, this story of Tara's life growing up in a survivalist Mormon family and then going on to receive advanced college degrees, was hard to put down.

One distress in reading it, was that no one seems to be worried about the family members who still are in contact with her brother, who by her description is very violent. I understand Tara's difficulties coming to terms with her family, her growing up, her growing away from them, but isn't it a worry that at one point her father tells her brother that the daughters of another sister need to be disciplined? And that her brother threatened her and beat her many times and now has a wife, a son, and a daughter who may be in danger? If Tara is concerned about these issues, she doesn't talk about it in her story. ( )
  debfung | Jul 12, 2021 |
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Westover, Taraautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Svensson, PatrikProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Whelan, JuliaNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato

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The past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, & thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past. - Virginia Woolf
I believe finally, that education must be conceived as a continuing reconstruction of experience; that the process and the goal of education are one and the same thing. - John Dewey
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...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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