Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret
Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.
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Shirley Jackson was known for perfecting the haunted-house story, but her final novel is about a house haunted by three living people. The story’s told through the eyes of 18-year-old Merricat, who lives an isolated life with her agoraphobic older sister and infirm Uncle Julian—the only remaining members of the Blackwood family, most of whom died together of arsenic poisoning. Through Uncle Julian’s obsessive ramblings, we piece together the events of that terrible day. Jackson is a master at generating dread and paranoia; reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a little like stepping inside a child’s nightmare.
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I could not set this book down. The characters are extremely engrossing and it's so easy to get in their heads. A wonderful "mystery" that's more of a 'why do it' than a 'who done it'. It's also a very easy read! If I was to start a book club, it would be because of this book... I could talk about it all day. 👏🏻
A gothic tale that has no equal. A superb storyteller that respects her readers enough to not spell out everything but instead let the readers use their own imagination.
Creepy but terribly slow.
I have a Ph.D. In English and can handle all kinds of writing. This unfolds it’s story very gradually and has some good moments. Unfortunately, I plainly didn’t care for it. Find some other Jackson to curl up with and discuss. You can pass this one by.