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We Have Always Lived in the Castle By Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived in the Castle Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl on
  • Title: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle By Shirley Jackson Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers Their days pass in hapMerricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.
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    1. Shirley Jackson

      Shirley Jackson was an influential American author A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.She is best known for her dystopian short story, The Lottery 1948 , which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown America In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson s story The Lottery was published in the June 28, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that no New Yorker story had ever received Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, bewilderment, speculation and old fashioned abuse Jackson s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work that she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson s works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of personal, even neurotic, fantasies , but that Jackson intended, as a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb , to mirror humanity s Cold War era fears Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman s statement that she was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned The Lottery , and she felt that they at least understood the story.In 1965, Jackson died of heart failure in her sleep, at her home in North Bennington Vermont, at the age of 48.

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    1. Bizarre, strange, haunting, sinister, disturbing, twisted, foreboding, suffocatingly claustrophobic, leaving you with the ever growing sense of unease What else can I say about this book to give it justice This is a chillingly terrifying story that has nothing to do with the things that go BUMP in the night No, it s the odd terror that comes when things go BUMP in the mind And the most terrifying things are those that are left unsaid, that creep up at you from behind the printed lines, just hint [...]


    2. This book is a masterpiece It is short and spare and written in crystal clear prose, yet so evocative that it is richer in nuance than most good novels twice its size It is so good I could kick myself for not reading it years ago, yet so mythic I am convinced I have known it always, like a tragic folktale or a chilling childhood dream And yet, for all its grimness, it is essentially a comedy darkly, transcendently, funny.The Blackwood sisters 28 year old Constance and 18 year old Mary Katharine [...]


    3. My favorite Shirley Jackson novel A masterpiece of unreliable narration and of the eerie relationship between childishness and horror.I m now re reading this for a December group read, so I thought I d update this review as I go.A lot has already been written about the masterful opening paragraph of this book, so I ll focus instead on the opening chapter It basically involves the narrator, Merricat, walking into town to do some shopping Sounds boring It s anything but that Shirley Jackson uses t [...]


    4. You will be wondering about that sugar bowl, I imagine Is it still in use You are wondering has it been cleaned You may very well ask was it thoroughly washed This book is looney tune I m not even sure about some things that happened One of my GR friends needs to message me so we can discuss some things on this book Of course no one will read this so it s a mute point So Constance, Merricat, and Uncle Julian live in the home together with all of their land enclosed The rest of the family were ki [...]


    5. Merricat, said Connie, would you like a cup of tea Oh, no, said Merricat, you ll poison me.Merricat, said Connie, would you like to go to sleep Down in the boneyard ten feet deep A cliche in American horror films is to include children singing a song that is seemingly innocent at first, but gnaws at the nerves with a haunting sadism We watch children, young and naive, signing and spinning in a corn field bathed by an autumn dusk the cliche works because it is an image that we welcome through our [...]


    6. Ah Merricat, silly Merricat, I do believe I love you I m drawn to interestingly insane women, and though of course you would poison me in the end, what a maddening and mysterious time I would first have You are high on my list of literary loves At least ones I dare speak of What I found so wonderful about this novel was the consistency of Merricat s insanity Too often an author will distill the essence of insanity into the chaotic, and this is rarely a truism Insanity is often an overly demandi [...]


    7. A.K.A Grey Gardens by William Faulkner Are these unfortunate souls dead or alive in their domestic limbo Oh, this is one delicious yarn with plenty of turns with a terror that comes to us only by the Literary Mistress of the Dark Herself, Shirley Jackson The luxurious morbidity, the Harper Lee Goth cynicism of the book, it is all an absolute delight I am truly beginning to think that all of her books are like this one the classiest horror of ALL TIME.


    8. This is one to cherish I thought that I ve seen everything there is to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle almost surprised me Here is the ultimate dysfunctional family The Simpsons eat your heart out Merricat has mostly her elder sister Constance to live with.Death by arsenic is a painful way to die I ve been fascinated by arsenic ever since I read The Mysterious Affair at Styles It used to be available at the chemist and apparently you had to sign your name to get it Anyway family members [...]


    9. In The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson s group of misguided investigators discuss the idea that some houses are inherently born evil, and are destined to be haunted from the moment they re built We Have Always Lived in the Castle explores the opposite idea how a home becomes a haunted house.One of the many, many fascinating things about this book is the way it could have been approached in a completely different way It could have opened with someone a stranger to the village, most likely [...]



    10. I m just going to come right out and say it Shirley Jackson knows how to tell a story Though she may be best known for her work in the psychological suspense genre, I m pretty convinced she was not limited by this label, nor would she have been by any other, and this work would most likely fall into the other category But there s no reason to take my word for it even Oliver view spoiler hide spoiler found himself drawn to her work, enthralled by her words, and taken in by her characters to such [...]


    11. Just another homicidal paranoid schizophrenic proto hippy 18 year old girl child who lives with her older agoraphobic social phobic sister and dementia sufferer wheelchair bound uncle in an isolated house in the aftermath of a dreadful family tragedy whereby all of the family except these three were poisoned to death in that very house It s not an uncommon situation I know three similar cases here in Nottingham, and I could have told Cousin Charles Blackwood, who turns up crudely attempting to p [...]


    12. Just plain creepy and oozing atmosphere I won t say much, went in cold and so should you Not horror, no gore or monsters, it s better than that We re talking the frailties of the human mind MADNESS We outgrow our fear of creatures that go bump in the night so immured by the constant bombardment of blood guts on TV that we can barely work up the energy to cringe any but the fear of losing your mind Now that one niggles, I know I have my bad days So yeah, stories like this work for me way than pu [...]


    13. I might be the only person in the world who thinks this book is too weird, senseless, anticlimactic and almost plotless The characters however are charismatic in their craziness It s just not my type of crazy.


    14. What a cute little book Just listen to this My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death cup mushroom Everyone else in [...]


    15. Such a classic Even when we know what s going on and why it s happening, it s so easy to fall into the character and root for her I can t stand the things that people put her through, from the town, to Charles, or even to her own parents Although to be sure, we only get a tiny little glance at her parents from a few repeated lines When reading this I was thinking of Paul Tremblay s Head Full of Ghosts for the murder some say accident of most of the family at dinner, but of course, this was the s [...]


    16. The least Charles could have done, Constance said, considering seriously, was shoot himself through the head in the driveway Have you ever tiptoed down a hall in a dark house late at night, not sure if you really heard that bump in the night That is what reading this novel was like, in all of the best ways possible Shirley Jackson is a renowned master at the macabre, the unnerving, the Gothic genre, and this work puts her talents on full display in HD Most have read The Lottery, whether forced b [...]


    17. When they teach you public speaking, there is a concept called ho hum This is a brief statement at the very starting point of the speech, sufficiently interesting so that the audience will immediately sit up and take notice It is the hook with which the speaker snares them.I have found that this works very well in narrative fiction too If the first paragraph is sufficiently interesting, the reader continues long enough to get pulled into the story While this is not essential, many great novels h [...]


    18. Pretty language and creepy atmosphere mix with a plot I was expecting a little from I kept thinking, any minute now any minute now this is going to blow a part in my hair any minute now I m going to think Where has this book been all my life any minute now I m going to see what everyone else sees in this book and cream my acid washed Jordaches And then it ended YupThe unreliable narrator worked well, and the agoraphobic feel of the piece was certainly established but I didn t really care There [...]


    19. I told you that you would like it on the moon This is one of those books that make me become intolerant Sounds awful, doesn t it But please don t flee I ll explain.What I mean to say is that We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of those books that make me think, What s wrong with the people who didn t adore it to pieces And if you know me just a little bit, you know that I ve never said such a thing or anything similar to anyone, ever, and that I never will because that s just the way I am, [...]


    20. I read this in March of this year for a course I was teaching and read it again for my fall YA course A memorable tale of gothic suspense by Jackson, the author of the much anthologized, exquisitely perverse short story, The Lottery 1948 Castle is Jackson s last book, often described as her masterpiece, featuring two of the best characters in American literature, maybe especially Mary Katherine, or Merricat, who says things like this On the moon we wore feathers in our hair, and rubies on our ha [...]


    21. Look, yes, I know, I m very late to this party, but if you ll allow me in, I promise to be the perfect guest I won t even touch the sugar This beautiful, lyrical, haunting book about the remains of a family in the face of tragedy and death, and quite possibly murder is the best book I read this year, and it s no wonder it s one of the synonymous works when it comes to Shirley Jackson It reads like the origin story for a haunted house, examining the broken lives of two sisters and their uncle, w [...]


    22. If you re in the mood for a great tale in the scary horror genre, then this is one for you A real page turner that I couldn t put down till I finished.


    23. Perch nessuno si preso la briga di parlarmi prima di Shirley Jackson A fine lettura ho pensato beh, l ho adorato ma in fondo solo una di quelle storie al limite tra racconti del terrore e giallo Ma in realt no una narrazione intessuta con meticolosit e maestria, un fine racconto psicologico sul Male, su una follia e un delirio sociopatico Al limite tra il fiabesco e la stregoneria Non voglio dirvi troppo perch un romanzo da spolpare, da divorare pezzo per pezzo Non riuscirete a posare sguardo al [...]


    24. My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death cup mushroom Everyone else in our family is dead.This is the brilliant op [...]


    25. Merricat Mary Katherine and her older sister Constance live with their disabled uncle Julian in a rambling old house that used to house many family members Merricat ventures into town to shop once a week no , as her neighbors are actively hostile and rude toward her.However, there may be a very good reason for that hostility, as we gradually learnWhen the we suspect money grubbing cousin Charles arrives on the scene, the precarious equilibrium that the two sisters have preserved in Blackwood Ho [...]


    26. Re reading soon for theHA Group Listen Come and join us I listened to this classic Shirley Jackson story in its unabridged audiobook format and the narrator did a terrific job bringing the story of Merricat and the remaining members of her family to life, her voice drips with atmosphere of the gothic drama If you re an audiobook fan and appreciate a dread filled slightly creepy family drama I highly recommend checking this one out I downloaded my copy from local library via Overdrive.I don t wan [...]


    27. Hands down one of my all time favorite books No, it s not a horror or thriller in the contemporary sense, but just like her short story The Lottery this book exudes the horror of mass hysteria in its climactic scene What does it take to make us stop being civilized, even for a moment, and do awful things to other human beings Yes, the residents of this house are different, especially the true murderer But do they deserve what happens to them And is their visitor any less a villain just because h [...]


    28. What you think you know, you don tSeveral years ago, someone poisoned the sugar bowl at a family dinner Nearly every family member died that day Thus leaving the two sisters to care for their aging and ailing uncle on a secluded estate Everyone in the village knows that one of them did it but which Of the remaining three family members each one is slightly off Merricat has a wistful, gentle inanity Constance has petrifying agoraphobia and Uncle Julian is on a loop constantly obsessing over disco [...]


    29. A few years back, a case of two sisters starving away in their own home had made the news in India They had stayed there alone for six months, never meeting anyone feeding for first four months on biscuits and bread they got from a grocery man, who would put at their door according to their instructions Later they won t even ask for that In last two months, they simply starved Since they won t response, people had stopped bothering about them What attracted someone s attention was, I think, the [...]


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