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Or so she believes. But at last the magic fails. A stranger arrives--cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune. He disturbs the sisters' careful habits, installing himself at the head of the family table, unearthing Merricat's treasures, talking privately to Constance about "normal lives" and "boy friends." Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods. The result is crisis and tragedy, the revelation of a terrible secret, the convergence of the villagers upon the house, and a spectacular unleashing of collective spite.
The sisters are propelled further into seclusion and solipsism, abandoning "time and the orderly pattern of our old days" in favor of an ever-narrowing circuit of ritual and shadow. They have themselves become talismans, to be alternately demonized and propitiated, darkly, with gifts. Jackson's novel emerges less as a study in eccentricity and more--like some of her other fictions--as a powerful critique of the anxious, ruthless processes involved in the maintenance of normality itself. "Poor strangers," says Merricat contentedly at last, studying trespassers from the darkness behind the barricaded Blackwood windows. "They have so much to be afraid of." --Sarah Waters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a classic that I had not read before.
It was an engaging story.
I enjoyed it and will definitely read more by this author.
Just finished reading this book this week and it instantly shot to the top of my all time favorite list. Give it read, you'll dig it.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Throughout this entire book I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen, or for everything to make sense. It never did. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
Shirley Jackson really knows how to write so well. Her first character engages you totally into her world within the first few pages. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rose Lunafyre
Shirley Jackson never disappoints! This book is beautiful and oppressive and painful and made me feel like I was on the moon.Published 23 days ago by Mary
Although most readers seemed to really enjoy this book and the author is obviously talented, I did not like it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Catherine S.
It's a good book. I read it because it was assigned for a class but I'm glad that I did. I can't say that I LOVED it, but that is personal preference and I would easily recommend... Read morePublished 25 days ago by BB
the book is just OK. very, very predictable. it was hard for me to find a reason to care about Merricat or Constance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryleen Clanderpas