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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
If you like gothic, mysterious, old fashioned books, I highly recommend this.
One impressive aspect of the writing of this book is how the author manages to create this atmosphere, making you want to delve in further, while keeping it so simple.
In short, it is one of the few books in a very long time that had me salivating for more and blissfully satisfied at the end.
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 15 days 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 27 days 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
I have never read another book like this one!
A prominent family is shattered by a multiple homicide, a poisoning at dinnertime for which one of the family stood trial. Read more
Wicked...weird but couldn't put it down! Very well written. Easy read yet twisted and Gothic. Will read Jackson's other books.Published 1 month ago by J.R. WOod
I always find it hard to write a review for a classic book. Mostly because I figure that there have already been many hundreds (if not thousands) of reviews before mine, many of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff Jellets