Shirley Jackson s masterpiece the deliciously dark and funny storyof Merricat, tomboy teenager, beloved sister and possible lunatic Hergreatest book at once whimsical and harrowing, a miniaturist s charmingly detailed fantasy sketched inside a mausoleum Through depths and depths and bloodwarm depths we fall, until the surface is only an eerie gleam high above, nearly forgotten and the deeper we sink, the deeper we want to go Donna Tartt, author of The GoldfinchLivingin the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and herUncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicateway of life But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering therest of the family, the world isn t leaving the Blackwoods alone Andwhen Cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and adesperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in herpower to protect the remaining family This Penguin editionincludes an afterword by the acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates AllShirley Jackson s other novels, plus The Lottery and Other Stories, are available in Penguin Modern Classics.Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916 When her short story The Lotterywas first published in The New Yorkerin 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail it hassince become one of the most iconic American stories of all time Herfirst novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five Hangsaman, The Bird s Nest, The Sundial,The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle,widely seen as her masterpiece In addition to her dark, brilliantnovels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about familylife with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley EdgarHyman Shirley Jackson died in her sleep in 1965 at the age of 48 The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable She is a true master A M Homes A masterpiece of Gothic suspense Joyce Carol Oates If you haven t read We Have Always Lived in the Castle you have missed out on something marvellous Neil Gaiman...
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Modern Classics) Reviews
This has to be one of my favourite books of all time! The way Shirley Jackson always keeps the reader with that uneasy feeling that something strange and mysterious is going on, is astonishing! It isn't an ordinary book and it is definitely worth reading because you'll be thinking about it quite a lot and you won't forget it very easily.It is not a typical ghost story but rather a spooky story that actually could happen in real life even though it is very strange. Totally recommend it if you're searching for something different and unusual.
Meine Rezension bezieht sich auf die englische Penguin Classic Deluxe Ausgabe, die optisch ein liebevoll gestaltetes Highlight ist. Die Geschichte selbst, für mich ein Klassiker seines Genres, ist großartig geschrieben und voller Atmosphäre. Die Charaktere sind ausgefeilt und gleich wie der Roman vielschichtig.
Ein kleines Stück große Literatur - die Geschichte ist recht simpel, aber die Art und Weise der Erzählung ist bezaubernd. Die eigenartige und magisch aufgeladene Welt der jungen Merricat nimmt einen schnell gefangen und man bangt mit ihr darum, dass eben dieser Welt Zerstörung droht. Das Hörbuch wird sehr schön gelesen von Bernadette Dunne.
Aufgefallen ist mir das Buch zunächst wegen dem toll illustrierten Cover. Vom Inhalt bin ich zum Glück ebenso begeistert! Eine wirklich spannende Geschichte mit skurilen Figuren – absolute Kaufempfehlung!Überrascht war ich nur vom rough cut, aber das ist bei der classics edition vermutlich üblich.
I found this book to be a little disappointing, especially in light of the fact that Time magazine, at one time, had named it one of the ten best novels of the year.The story revolves around a family that has sustained a major tragedy. Apparently, most of the family was murdered at supper one day via the introduction of arsenic into their food. Only three family members survive, sisters Constance and Mary Catherine Blackwood, and their elderly Uncle Julian. Constance, who always cooked for her family, was charged with their murder but acquitted at trial. The surviving three Blackwoods now live in splendid isolation in their mansion, as they are reviled by the villagers.Mary Catherine, the younger sister known affectionately as Merricat, is a strange girl. Bright, imaginative, and compulsive, she has an assortment of rituals that she carries out in her daily activities, which are somewhat limited. She rarely ventures beyond the curtilage of her stately home, except for trepidaciously entering the village to get necessary supplies. Her sister Catherine, however, never ventures beyond the immediate perimeter of her home, though this is clearly something that she wishes to do. Uncle Julian is an invalid, living out his remaining days trying to figure out the mystery behind what had happened to his family that caused them all to be poisoned.They are truly alone, except for the rare visitors who knew their family prior to the tragedy that took place. Even these few visitors are almost too much for them. Still, Constance does her best to entertain them, although Merricat clearly wishes they would not come. Their highly structured world, however, is slowly torn apart, when Charles, a cousin, comes to visit them. He inveigles and tantalizes Constance with visions of having a normal life. Needless to say, Merricat and Charles do not get along, as she perceives him to be the enemy, seeking to disrupt her orderly, though dysfunctional, world.The writing style is spare, taut, and, at times, quite compelling, as well as darkly humourous. Still, what happens to Constance and Merricat is no real surprise. What is problematic is one never really understands what makes Constance tick nor what makes Merricat do what she does. There is no resolution in the book, leaving the reader to fill in the blanks. While this a moderately enjoyable work, readers would do better to seek out Ms. Jackson's dazzling novel, "The Lottery", a much better and more satisfying book.
Interesting, well written as all of Jacksons work is, but primarily this was interesting to me not for horror, scare, purposes but for the psychological mastery of Jackson dealing with the psychotic mind,and her alertness and willingness to tell of the common day nastiness and cruelty of the average person, i.e the townspeople in Merricats village. How cool Jackson was at revealing the horrors of the disturbed mind, and the little fanstasy worlds inhabited by the unstable, (for their own protection) and the clear eyed callousness and cruelty of the "normal". What a dreadful world we live in at times, and how far ahead of her time Jackson was, in pointing out the flaws of human nature, and its sickness. Interesting for that reason, story itself is plotline predicatable except for Jacksons marvelous character analysis of human kind
This was the first work of Shirley Jackson's I have ever read. Years ago, soon after I came to US, my English teacher (jr. high) read The Lottery out loud to the class. Because my English was not quite good then, I was not able to fully understand the story. However, I did understand enough to know that it was a "dark" story.Finally, I got to read this book to satisfy my curiosity about Ms. Jackson's writing. I was somewhat disappointed because I could anticipate the story. Without a doubt, Ms. Jackson's writing is good, but her character development in this book is the weakest point of this book. I found only Uncle Julian and Cousin Charles to be believable; whereas Constance and her weird sister, Merricat, are too "out of this world." Ms. Jackson did not give enough background on their family and their life before the "poisoning," although she did indicate that Merricat was a child sent often to bed without her dinner. But what about Constance? Why did she choose to take the rap for her sisterf? I just didn't "get it" with the 2 sisters; hence, the 3-star rating.My question after I finished the book is: What is it in Ms. Jackson's life that has given her such talent to tell very "dark" stories? This will be the last book I'll read by her; "eerie, haunting" are not exactly to my taste although I do enjoy well-written psychological thrillers (such as those written by Ruth Rendell).