Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thinking Up a Hurricane
We picked this one up in South Africa - a memoir of family sea-going life with a not-so-good father.
The author, Martinique Stilwell, is very good on the child's perspective of how life turns out when parents are derelict in their duties, and how parents make a long series of choices for their children when they decide that it's too much bother to educate them.
The story is from the tail end of the 1970s, when there were a lot more parents out there happy to let their children grow up (euphemistically) free and (actually) ignorant. But the book does offer an interesting perspective for contemporary parents disinclined to put effort into their kids' education.