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review 2017-09-05 08:26
Magnificently Unnerving
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller

By the way, I went looking into the publishing date, and in typical wiki walk style, ended up learning about the difference between horror and terror. I need a new shelf, because this one goes into the second without question.

 

Points I can praise without spoiling (much):

 

The way everyone chats and snarks, cool as cucumbers while all the shit is going down. At times it made me laugh, at times I would tilt my head and wonder whether everyone was just crazy, and at times I would go back a paragraph wondering if I had miss-read

 

about the freaking blood/writing/thumping.

(spoiler show)

 

The dialogue (again), and how it crosses, goes over each others lines, interrupts, repeats, mixes conversations. Very natural. And sometimes confusing. You have to be engaged, because it goes fast.

 

Eleanor's thought process. Yeah...

 

All the commentary on social interaction. Jackson is a scary observant woman.

 

"She knew, of course, that he was delighting in exceeding his authority, as though once he moved to unlock the gate he would lose the little temporary superiority he thought he had—and what superiority have I? she wondered; I am outside the gate, after all. She could already see that losing her temper, which she did rarely because she was so afraid of being ineffectual, would only turn him away, leaving her still outside the gate, railing futilely. She could even anticipate his innocence if he were reproved later for this arrogance—the maliciously vacant grin, the wide, blank eyes, the whining voice protesting that he would have let her in, he planned to let her in, but how could he be sure? He had his orders, didn’t he? And he had to do what he was told? He’d be the one to get in trouble, wouldn’t he, if he let in someone who wasn’t supposed to be inside?"

 

Not able to comment on without spoiling:

 

The deep uncertainty that comes from viewing this story from Eleanor's head. Was she just that deranged, lonely, needy and possibly in-denial-lesbian? Or was she not deranged (the other are more or less foregone) and the house gave her a last push? There is also the opening, that if I were take on the context of Eleanor's situation, could mean that when all her illusions and daydreams were ripped from her, she had no avenue left but suicide. She could not cope with her absolute reality.

(spoiler show)

 

At any rate, an excellently written spook.

 

“God God—whose hand was I holding?”

 

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text 2017-09-05 01:14
Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 182 pages.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller

"If any of you has trouble sleeping, I will read aloud to you. I never yet knew anyone who could not fall asleep with Richardson being read aloud to him.”

 

Take that!

 

It is my second morning in Hill House, and I am unbelievably happy.

 

Eleanor is a strange cookie

 

 

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text 2017-09-04 08:32
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 182 pages.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller

Elanor's doormat and daydreamer nature is giving me the creeps.

 

I can't objectively point out how.

 

I think that opening is tainting how I'm taking what I read.

 

I think Jackson is messing with my head, and managed it with the first paragraph.

 

 

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text 2017-09-04 06:20
Reading progress update: I've read 19 out of 182 pages.
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality

 

That's some opening

 

 

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text 2017-09-03 18:15
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Lustmord: Anatomy of a Serial Butcher (Vol. 1) - Kirk Alex

 

I decided to put aside Lustmord when I realized it was over 700 pages!  Yikes. Even I am not up for that much slice and dice. 

 

 I may use this for my classic horror square. 

 

 

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