Review Educated By Tara Westover – Synopsis – 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.
Educated has affected my life. I agree, maybe we will see some things that are not good in our own life. All that we can feel after reading Educated. This memoir was written in a very good way and I was amazed by the way Tara Westover wrote a very personal story.
Tara Westover’s family is described as a family living in a valley in Buck Peak, Idaho. The natural landscape of this place is very beautiful and makes us want to come to this place again. But not as Tara Westover felt. Little Tara lives happily and very critically. Her father was described as the most influential in the family. No doctor, no education and no birth certificate for Tara. There was one thing that hurt when her grandmother and mother argued about Tara’s birth date.
This is just the beginning. On the other hand, the fatal accident incident that caused the injury. Strangely there is no hospital, no doctor. There are only herbal remedies and tincture. Her mother had a concussion and absolutely no doctor’s care. The older she was, Tara realized she had to get out of the family. Education is one way that can get Tara out of the area.
Tara educated herself to study math in order to pass the ACT. When she succeeds, her father says that home education is better than public schools. The Holocaust incident at Brigham Young University left Tara feeling deeply cornered. When friends and teachers think it is inappropriate. But Tara really does not know. Since then Tara has been immersed in a pile of books, studying and pursuing university life.
In 2008, Tara earned her Ph.D. in history from Trinity College, Cambridge. Does it feel easy? No, for Tara who lives with the family to prepare The End of Days. She suffered a PhD exam failure at Harvard. It was very difficult because of family conflict. Her brother’s abuse and acts of violence made things change. It all grows when Tara starts using mascara. Then another violence and sexual abuse began to appear. I feel sick when her parents feel it’s something that does not need to be discussed. Or, do they know and pretend not to see it. Tara has decided to live her way now. She is sincere with what has become part of her life and lives in another way. There is no evidence that her father suffered from a mental illness. All that was only realized by Tara while studying and discussing with the professor. I do not want to get too involved.
Overall, this memoir is really piercing. Every story and event is told in a very good way. I cannot put it back when I started reading it. It’s very decent for everyone. Of course, behind the painful story there is also wisdom. I thank Tara Westover for daring to write this memoir. I appreciate you and be very proud of you. Also
I think : Buy it
Page Length: 352 pages
Publisher, date : Random House Publishing Group – Random House, 20 Feb 2018
- A memoir that will force us to open our eyes
- Narrative that flows and evokes emotion
- There are many contradictions that may make the reader believe or not. But I’m sure this is not a bad thing. I can not find anything bad in terms of writing, but certainly in terms of stories, it may give readers different judgments.