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Educated by Tara Westover 免费下载(mobi、epub、pdf)

Educated by Tara Westover 免费下载(mobi、epub、pdf)


Amazon Best Sellers of 2019 in Books #5,定格日期:2019年3月8日。

We hear a lot about the edges of the US these days. Geographically, these places might be in the middle of the continent, but they are on the periphery of the country’s economic life, and often the social one too. The people who live there are desperate and pitiable, we are told, just as much as they are brutal and superstitious.Tara Westover’s memoir is about being from just such a place and people.

A memoir from the youngest daughter of a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho describes her isolated upbringing and her eventual departure to get the education that was denied her. To say Westover had a sheltered life would be a gross understatement. Mormon outcasts from a Mormon community, Tara’s family refused to use doctors, opposed public education and spent time preparing for the chimerical apocalypse.

Her father, an ignorant, pious man who scrapped for metal, was a domineering figure. He was the reason they isolated themselves; a person who valued efficiency over safety because, according to him, the wellbeing of his family was in God’s hands. Tara’s mother made herbal remedies and eventually became a midwife because the family believed the medical establishment thought themselves superior to God.

One of her brothers physically and verbally abused her in an attempt to make sure she didn’t become a “whore,” requiring an impossibly vague standard of modesty with harsh unknowable rules. Two of her brothers escaped the family to pursue their own educations.

This is an incredible story of a person emerging from the darkness and into the light. Her isolation meant she never went to school. Tara was profoundly ignorant of knowledge we take for granted, which she relates in a cringe-worthy story that begins in her first semester of college.

However, her transformation is far from easy, and often her religious indoctrination makes it difficult for her to navigate situations that would seem normal to most people. She was often very judgmental to the point of alienating roommates and friends. The result is a story written about an unlikeable family by a sometimes unlikable narrator.

And she gradually makes her way out of all of it. She has no formal education but manages to study her way to college. She struggles initially but gets good enough marks to do a PhD at Cambridge. And in the course of all that, Westover writes, she found herself – through what some might call a “transformation” and others a “betrayal”. As she puts it in the last line of the book: “I call it an education.”

Her background says something important about the US: that even in a place of great opportunity, you can grow up without any idea of how to touch its white-hot centre. This memoir tracks all the ways that traditional American life puts up roadblocks and actively dissuades you from outgrowing your “roots”.


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