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Hangsaman - Shirley Jackson, Katherine Howe, Khristine Hvam, Francine Prose
Hangsaman
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Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by... show more
Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143107040 (0143107046)
ASIN: 143107046
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it
3.0 A Strange Tale of a Girl Named Natalie
Hangsaman to me is probably one of the weirdest book I have ever read. Shirley Jackson's second novel released in 1951 centers the story of one Natalie Waite, a young teenager about to enroll into college and how along the way, the way she sees the world isn't the same as how others sees it. As life...
Obsidian Black Plague
Obsidian Black Plague rated it
4.0 Not Going on My Favorite List, But Still Pretty Great Book
Look, just know that this book is weird. It switches from first to third person sometimes too. And then you honestly don't know what's real or not real so you feel very confused at times. And you also may end up not liking anyone (I know I didn't) but may come away feeling sorry for Natalie (I did) ...
Portable Monsters
Portable Monsters rated it
4.0 Hangsaman ★★★★☆
This was a weird little book, and I enjoyed it very much, but I’m also glad that it’s just novella sized because I doubt I could have lasted through 300 pages of Jackson’s experimental writing. It was not an easy read, because nothing is very clear, least of all what’s real vs. what’s going on insid...
Douglas Smith | Writer
Douglas Smith | Writer rated it
5.0 Hangsaman
Jackson's second novel, I believe. Not as assured in its plotting or structure or pacing as WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, but the prose is still magnificent. And again we have a fascinating protagonist, an unreliable and perhaps unbalanced narrator on a journey of self-discovery or madness or ...
Moonlight Madness
Moonlight Madness rated it
4.5 Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
Cross-posted on my blog The Bluestocking Literary Society. Hangsaman was Jackson’s second novel, after The Road through the Wall, which was published in 1948. Published in 1951, Hangsaman is nominally abildungsroman about a college freshman named Natalie Waite who attends a Bennington College-like...
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