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Educated (edição: 2018)

de Tara Westover (Autor)

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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
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Educated: A Memoir de Tara Westover

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Stunning story. One of the rare books that kept me up reading until early hours of the morning. Tara’s storytelling restraint is impressive. Especially when recounting her early years, she tells her story through the non-judgmental eyes of her younger self. ( )
  jcoleman3307 | Oct 7, 2021 |
Fascinating story of starting from no education to the peaks of educational obtainment. ( )
  brakketh | Sep 28, 2021 |
Educated by Tara Westover

Triggers - This review does have anti-religious opinions. Read at your own risk.

I read this book for the education enlightenment, not for the religion.

Apologies for the LONG review.

Other reviews seem to imply that Tara was raped. There was no specific mention of rape that I read. Tara was certainly attacked by one of her brothers after he had suffered brain trauma - but rape was not specifically described or mentioned.

Now CONTROL on the other hand was shown a lot - or rather lack of control. This memoir really shows just how much religion is not about saving peoples souls but about CONTROL!!

I have my own childhood to compare this too. Tara was raised by a control freak and very angry father. I was raised by a control freak overly-religious mother. My father was a good man.

The one thing that my mother and Tara's father both had in common was a lack of education.
Both of them failed to finish high school. My mother even chose not to complete her nursing training.

My mothers reasoning was very selfish!! She has epilepsy and nurses were required to swear an oath - kind of like the hippocratic oath for doctors. Part of this nurses oath is to stop and render assistance at any road side accident. My mother did not want to be put into a position where she might be forced to do this because the stress may cause an epileptic reaction.

Basically my mother had to turn off all her emotions. She was not allowed to become too happy or too sad otherwise it would set off her epilepsy. But she was allowed to be angry - she seemed to be angry every time she was whacking me around the legs with a wooden spoon. She now claims that she never hit me at all, but I know that she did!! I remember it vividly.

What I did learn about religion from my childhood? That pretty much all christians are hypocrites and they do NOT follow the golden rule, or the 10 commandments. I mean - everyone tells lies!!! As children we are told that it is not right to tell lies. But adults are still telling lies. Just listen to TRUMP. EVERY word out of his mouth is a lie.

That is another thing that religion does. It frowns on education - only enough so you can read and write - but not enough to allow you to think on your own. Religion will allow you to think what you are told to think, do what you are told to do and say what you are told to say.

I have even seen memes showing signs outside of churches that say this (or something similar) - reason is the greatest enemy that faith has.

People who are religious, are not permitted to think for themselves and reason is the art of thinking and making logical decisions and choices. Religions do not like people who can think for themselves.

Getting back to this book - Educated, some of Tara statements and stories were kind of hard to believe. Most of Tara's childhood I had no trouble believing. I have seen and heard many other similar stories. It was her education that I had trouble with.

Tara's father was influenced by the Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents which took place in the early 1990s. Tara was born in 1986. Rudy Ridge was in Idaho and Waco was in texas. These further influenced Tara's father to withdraw from the world and live a survivialist life style - where the family is as independent as possible and not reliant on anyone or anything else outside of the family.

But since the family still attends church in town and since Tara does not attend the local school,. she finds it hard to make friends. In fact she is not encouraged to make any friends because she is too busy helping her father with the scrapping business. This also does not leave her much time for any education.

By the time Tara was 15, she been attacked by her older brother Shawn several times. Her old brother Tyler had left the family to get an education. Tara now aspired to do this as well.

At age 15, Tara sat the ACT exam. Her first score was 22 - good but not good enough to get into University.

The following year she sat the ACT again, after a lot more study. This time around, her score was 28 - which was good enough to be accepted at BYU. (Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Tara start at BYU aged 17. She had new flat mates. They dressed immodestly, they went shopping on Sundays and did things that Tara was not happy with. But Tara also did or didnt do things that her flatmates were unhappy with.

Apparently Tara never or seldom showered or washed her hands after using to the toilet. She never cleaned up after herself - which was her mothers job so I can see her not doing that - and she never did her share of the chores - like doing the dishes and cooking meals. Again that had been her mothers job.

I went through the same thing after I left home. I also did not do chores, because my mother never taught me to do them. I had to learn how to do the chores and how often they should be done.

During the holidays, Tara did her duty and went back home to her parents home. If I were Tara I would never have gone back there.

Back at home, Tara was roped into doing the metal scrapping again. And Shawn was also threatening to attack her - this time with a bloody knife. Several years later Tara learnt that Shawn had killed the family dog in front of his young son.

Back at BYU, slowly Tara learns about psychology, history and geography. She slowly discovers that the world is a lot bigger than just Idaho and Utah. She began getting A's consistently in her work. But she keeps changing her Major. Eventually she graduated with a degree in, I think History, although this was never actually specified.

Tara also figures out from the symptoms she saw that her father probably had bi-polar disorder and was not taking any drugs for that. His mood swings were often violent.

Tara keeps returng home to Idaho in the holidays. It is the only familiar place she knows, since everything at BYU is of the "gentile" persuasion. Gentiles are mormons who attend church, but who also dont really practice what the Bible preaches. They dont follow the Lords commands.

Tara's mother manipulates Tara into working for her father doing the metal scrapping during the holidays. "If you dont want to help your father then you cannot stay here. You will have to find somewhere else to live." Those are not the words of a supposedly loving parent. Those are the words of a very manipulative bitch!! The father was just as manipulative.

Basically Tara stayed and worked for her father simply because she knew she would not be able to afford to pay for other accommodation during the holidays.

I had no trouble with Tara ending up staying home and doing whatever she was told to help in her fathers scrapping business. Even doing some dangerous things like cutting metal. Also Tara's brother Shawn was brain injured after two car accidents, and his personality changed. He attacked Tara, grabbing her by the neck and almost choking her. Later Tara learned that Shawn had also attacked her older sister Audrey as well. This was why Audrey got married at age 19 and left home. Shawn had also attacked several of his former girlfriends as well.

I had no trouble with Tara going to BYU and struggling to learn what she didnt know. She even asked a professor what the holocaust was - in front of the entire class. The class went silent. The professor thought she was joking. So Tara had to read up on it. Tara had no idea that the holocaust involved the deaths of millions of Jews. She had thought it was just a small massacre like the Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents.

What I did have trouble with, was how she could study at Cambridge and Harvard with mediocre results during her undergraduate degree.

Ahh now I see - She didnt get to Cambridge on her results. Her first visit to Cambridge on a study abroad program was given as a free pass by one of the church bishops. I wonder what she had to do in return for that free pass? Mormon bishops are notorius for requiring paybacks. Usually some form of sex.

The type of undergraduate degree she recieved was probably a history degree, but this is never actually specified. I am assuming this since her Masters and her PhD degrees both involved history.

Tara won a Gates scholarship to Cambridge University for both her Masters degree and her PhD. This is how she could afford to study at one of the most prestigious Universities in the world.

During Tara's study abroad program at Cambridge, her professor equated Tara to Eliza Doolittle from the play Pygmalion by George bernard Shaw (aka the movie, My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn). I am inclined to agree with the professor.

Tara grew up in a backward dump with isolationist parents who only taught her one world view. Now she has to learn other world views and EITHER try to fit them into what she was told as she grew up. Or do what I was forced to do, dump everything her parents told her and create a whole new world view that she could live with.

Basically Tara had accept the truth that her parents LIED to her!!!

I had to do the exact same thing!! Accept that my parents lied to me, and also change my thinking to find a viewpoint that I could accept and live with, which I have done. My new viewpoint of the world has not changed in the last 25 years since I had to re-adjust my life!!

I apologise if this review is confusing and is not in any chronological order. This is a very harrowing and traumatic story. Let me tell you this. I am very surprised that Tara was not treated for PTSD. She also had no self esteem. She would have had to rebuild whatever self esteem she had.

I gave this book 4 stars because I would also have liked to have read Tara's essay that she wrote at Cambridge during her study abroad program. The one that her professor said, was one of the best he had read. She found it very hard to accept praise becasue she was so used to being screamed at for being wrong. I would also liked to learned the details of the interview she had, in order to win the Gates scholarship. ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
Thank you Tara for writing this. This book had an effect on my life, I don't know what the effect will be and how much it will ripple through, but I know it will.

I was kept totally focused when listening to this, the story is so enriched with events of all kinds that you will experience a wide range of emotions and thoughts. You will feel sad, disgusted, exhilarated, proud and confused throughout, it's a real journey. ( )
  mdibaiee | Sep 23, 2021 |
Difficult to read-- vital to read.

What does it mean when a memoir feels like a novel? Westover drew me expertly into her life and memories, but sometimes I was jolted to remember that this wasn't fiction. It's hard to understand the reality of a life so different from my own. Hopefully this book can be a step towards understanding. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 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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