After some coaxing, I picked it up. I read about half of it throughout the trip and I really enjoyed that bit, but then coming back to work and grading assignments, etc. I was unable to finish it... until last night. What a crazy life these people lived. I cannot believe what the children in the book went through and how the parents acted. I am even more surprised that 3 of the 4 children turned out to lead productive lives.
I definitely recommend this book. The writing is smooth and keeps you moving through the content. I did not find my self bored even once. Check it out and hopefully you will enjoy the read as much as I did.