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review 2021-04-25 00:00
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson Wowzers! Ms. Jackson does not disappoint. I watched the film first and loved it. Great caset; excellent story. They did the book justice.

So very dark and mysterious. Sisters and their invalid uncle living in the family home. The town hates them for their wealth and because one of the sisters allegedly murdered of the rest of their family. The whole family is clearly traumatized from the deaths of their family years prior and they live as shut-ins in their home.

A visit from a sistant familt member throws things upside down for the family of three. And because of shenanigans, the house catches fire. A good bit is destroyed and rhenthe rest of the hateful town helps the fire by attacking the house they've always been so envious of. Just horrible people ina vicious, violent frenzie leavint the sisters hiding until they've all gone.

The whole thing was mysterious, strange and very sad. A very good read and I look forward to working my way through the author's catalog.
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review 2019-11-21 18:08
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
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If you're going into this novel expecting it to be like the recent Netflix series, you will most likely be disappointed. While the series is based on the house featured in the book, it is a very different story.

However, I absolutely loved it. By today's standards, this book isn't scary. It is creepy and unsettling, which is what I love most about Jackson's writing. Even when nothing is blatantly jumping out at you, her descriptions make you feel ill at ease and instantly understand how creepy it is to be inside Hill House. Her writing on the off angles that make of the house were so vivid and convincing that the narrative is very unsettling and there is such a creepy tone to the whole thing.

In terms of action, not a lot happens. The book is more focused on the characters, their various interactions, and their conflicts within themselves. This is what makes the novel so superb. It is so amazingly written and thought out. I was instantly pulled in by Eleanor's character and the oddity of the house.

While the Netflix series is very different, I did really enjoy all of the little nods to the book like character names and the memorable cup of stars.

A fantastic read for those looking for a dark, unsettling, odd, weird, creepy tale.
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review 2019-10-06 22:45
Life Among the Savages - Shirley Jackson
Life Among the Savages - Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson and her husband had four kids. Apparently her deep understanding of the human psyche extends just as well into humor as it does into horror.


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text 2019-09-06 18:21
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne



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text 2019-09-05 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

This is getting darker and darker by the minute. And I´m loving it.



It´s not often that I´m drawn more to my audiobook than my physical read, but this audiobook is so good, I´m constantly going back to it.



Although ... I´m not sure if in the end I can take this book for this square, but for now I will stick with it.



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