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review 2019-02-01 00:00
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Thomas Ott,Jonathan Lethem A mystery novel by shirley Jackson written in 1962 and the auhor's final work. The novel is written in the voice of 18 year old mary katherine "Merricat " Blackwood who resides with her Uncle and sister on their estate in Vermont. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods until a dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl.......

This was my first Shirley Jackson Novel and I really enjoyed her writing style and loved her characters. I enjoy novels where the author lets the reader be part of the story in that she allows you to use your imagination and this works well in this particular novel.
This was a strange book however I didn't get the creepiness or supernatural element I was expecting from this one and while I enjoyed the read I wanted a little more from this one but sadly it didn't deliver.

However I enjoyed the read and look forward to reading something else by this author in 2019.
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review 2018-12-21 15:37
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Thomas Ott,Jonathan Lethem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Far from being immense fan and immense reader of horror novels of any kind, mainly because they've got a potential to turn my stomach upside down with their gory storytelling, but even I have to admit to myself and others that this one was really well written and told quite an interesting story of a family that was worth reading the whole way through, even though the story itself was a bit too short and didn't offer as much as it could have offered. It's nonetheless a very good read for any horror buff and from my side of things, comes highly recommendable. 

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text 2018-01-06 01:52
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 193 pages.
Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics) - Kate Zambreno,Anna Kavan,Jonathan Lethem

the Forward by Jonathan Lethem warned me: it's weird; the narrative indulges in "causal slippages"; it can feel like Beckett or Kafka; it's hard to define, but call it SF/dystopian if that works for you; and, worst of all, because I don't like the film, its effect resembles that of the film Last Year at Marienbad (continuously recursive).

 

I therefore started this book a wee bit nervous...and yet, and yet...so far I love it!! I guess I'm in the mood for something like this, something like a weird dream. not sure how it will ultimately rank with me, but set against the fact that books written like this usually wear out their welcome with me very fast--eccentricities begin to grate, etc.--is the fact that Ice is rather short, and likely will be wrapping up just when i need logic and linearity in my picks. I repeat: so far, I'm impressed!

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text 2018-01-05 15:00
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 193 pages.
Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics) - Kate Zambreno,Anna Kavan,Jonathan Lethem

I had never heard of this SF novel from 1967, until I spotted this Penguin Classics/50th Anniversary Edition for sale. that seems odd--big-deal novel celebrating its 50th (hey! cool!), and yet, not on my radar until a month or so ago. must investigate! love the cover.

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review 2017-02-13 00:00
More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers
More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and... More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers - Jonathan Lethem https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/157198453953/more-alive-and-less-lonely-on-books-and

Jonathan Lethem generally provides enough essays in any given collection that are certainly eye-opening and have the tendency to teach us something we did not know. Throughout his writing career he has proven to be adept at this exercise. And in More Alive and Less Lonely this is again the case. However, and for the most part, what actually interests Lethem in this book bores me to death. But when I eventually trudged my way to his essays and reviews on Thomas Berger I was immediately struck with how fortunate I was to have continued reading. And then I happened on the Bob Dylan piece which again made me grateful for not quitting on him. Lethem does that to me. He can win me over in no small measure. With still another 15% of the book to read I found myself sampling kindle editions of Berger’s work and then ordering whole copies to add to my queue to read. And for those moments I was excited again by literature, which is a feeling I get that most agrees with me. Life, in general, is not that way. Often there is much too much reality to deal with. Truth is, I love a good escape. And on this very day I cannot thank Lethem enough for providing me with additional exits from which to choose from.
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