The Bird's Nest
Publish date: January 28th 2014
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Split-personality. How many authors managed to write a perfect plot about split-personality? This is my first and from what I can understand, its one of the weirdest I have ever read. Shirley Jackson's The Bird's Nest is not an easy read. Mostly because its very monotonous. Divided into different pe...
My first disappointment with Jackson. It struck me as a first novel, but it was her third, coming after the wonderful Hangsaman. I found it disjointed and unbalanced, which had nothing to do with its main character having four distinct personalities, with a meandering plot.
The prospect of Shirley Jackson directly addressing a subject she often played with in her other novels was too much to pass up. When I heard that Penguin was finally reissuing her early novels, 'The Bird's Nest' was the one I was most looking forward to. The novel begins with the meek Elizabeth Ric...