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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 alternate Paperback edition.
Great read, very easy and a little predictable but it was still a journey I was happy to take. Would recommend.Published 7 days ago by Anna
This story is about a dysfunctional village within which abides 2 young women and their aging Uncle Julian. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
After being inspired to read Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" by the classic film adaptation, I found myself inexorably drawn to "We Have Always Lived in... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Michael P. Beblowski
Just weird. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about over this book. It's twisted and not awesome in the least. Merricat is 18 but acts about 10. Read morePublished 29 days ago by PotterGeek
The story was a bit too ambiguous for me. Don't read the Introduction until AFTER you're finished with the book. It essentially spoils the entire story...Published 1 month ago by swhisalex
Jackson, Shirley. We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The first and last terms of the title - ‘We’ and ‘Castle’ - are the keys to this short novel. Read more