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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.
Wicked, sickening, but amazingly written. Such capacity for narrating abnormal, twisted events in a beautiful way as if nothing weird was actually happening!Published 1 day ago by Daniella Salomon
First, this is not a "horror" novel, either in the sense of being full of guts-and-gore or in the sense of being about supernatural ghosts or demons or vampires or whatnot. Read morePublished 5 days ago by SFReader
This was a book I loved in childhood...even better now after the wisdom of years helps me to analyze the psychology of it all. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lygeia Johnson
Very strange. It is a case of sticking with it and it is fairly short. Mind game.Published 10 days ago by Jayne W. Kalk
I don't usually read books in the horror/suspense genre, but I was taken by the cover and the blurb about Jackson.
This is one powerful book. Read more
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is certainly a memorable book. It's memorable because it's different than anything else you might read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AN AVID READER
A lovely new paperback edition of Shirley Jackson's second best (or second best-known) novel. The cover art is stylish and contemporary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas Jones
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. This is an unsettling little book that resists categorization. I guess...coming-of-age suspense novel with witchy undertones? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Holly