Tara Westover


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Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.

She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn’t exist.

As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled 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 with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted, from her singular experience, a universal coming-of-age story, one 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.

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Format Paperback
ISBN-10 9781786330529
ISBN-13 978-1786330529
Release Date 8 March 2018

1 review for Educated

  1. adtshukla (verified owner)

    Engaging. You cant put it down and its not about the thrill of knowing whats next but the curiosity of knowing a story, another person’s life. Its so well written and well framed. Such a mature writing at such a young age, I have to say this cause its really difficult to write about one’s own life over a long time frame and separate experiences from emotions. Keeping Vanity away from story telling.

    The story telling is too alive. The way she describes the mountains for example, its experience put to words, and memory coming alive. I guess that is what that made this book so gripping, that she navigated through the places she spent her childhood in exactly the same way a child feels it, the attachment, the emotion, the curiosity, descriptions of everything around, and I liked the way she kept coming back to it. Sometimes in Nostalgia, sometimes in wisdom but as a reader I loved how a premise was set up and a beautiful one. You know when reading it that she loved it the place she called home.

    It also brought into the light the importance of Education, and not in terms of degrees or merits but knowledge of it. Knowing your history, the world or Rome in this case. The wonderment that should come with the knowledge of things, I think that was my favorite part, he wonderment and curiosity to know things, just Google or ask or read or discuss. Isnt that really what education is for to know what is around, what happened, how it happened, how we can change it.

    I really loved the experience of reading something so alive which is not fantasy, its a memoir but it lacks the bitterness or the romanticizing, which made it real. I guess that writing it was a process for her to unwind herself or whatever that went by. I liked how she navigated through different aspects of life just touching the base but setting a premise for our understanding. Like both her Grandmothers and their contrast with their own children. Sibling Relationship, Old age, shifting power base and loyalties of a family and most importantly a person’s longing for a family, to feel that you’re part of something, to feel accepted.

    It a very good account of power of ignorance and fear we force ourselves to live in. How everything that we love has the capacity to blind us. Inspite of having clear picture of black and white, fair and unfair we have the ability to ignore everything in name of love even when we are free, even when we can see for better. It also accounts for the amount of courage and dilemma it takes to confront the wrong doings. The mental exhaustion and the conflict of questioning your own judgments and that of others especially in sensitive physical and emotional harassment issues that may lead to life long bonding or estrangement. and getting in terms with, and at peace with whatever happens. I think one of the reasons of naming this book Educated is how we educate ourselves to see beyond all unfairness.

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