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We Have Always Lived in the Castle Merricat Blackwood Lives On The Family Estate With Her Sister Constance And Her Uncle Julian Not Long Ago There Were Seven Blackwoods Until A Fatal Dose Of Arsenic Found Its Way Into The Sugar Bowl One Terrible Night Acquitted Of The Murders, Constance Has Returned Home, Where Merricat Protects Her From The Curiosity And Hostility Of The Villagers Their Days Pass In Happy Isolation Until Cousin Charles Appears Only Merricat Can See The Danger, And She Must Act Swiftly To Keep Constance From His Grasp.

10 thoughts on “We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  1. says:

    Bizarre, strange, haunting, sinister, disturbing, twisted, foreboding, suffocatingly claustrophobic, leaving you with the ever growing sense of unease What else can I say about this book to give it justice This is a chillingly terrifying story that has nothing to do with the things that go BUMP in the night No, it s the odd terror that comes when things go BUMP in the mind And the most terrifying things are those that are left unsaid, that creep up at you from behind the printed lines, just h Bizarre, strange, haunting, sinister, disturbing, twisted, foreboding, suffocatingly claustrophobic, leaving you with the ever growing sense of unease What else can I say about this book to give it justice This is a chillingly terrifying story that has nothing to do with the things that go BUMP in the night No, it s the odd terror that comes when things go BUMP in the mind And the most terrifying things are those that are left unsaid, that creep up at you from behind the printed lines, just hinted at and left for your own brain to chillingly realizeMy name is Mary Katherine Blackwood I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise I like my sister Constance...

  2. says:

    This book is a masterpiece It is short and spare and written in crystal clear prose, yet so evocative that it is richer in nuance than most good novels twice its size It is so good I could kick myself for not reading it years ago, yet so mythic I am convinced I have known it always, like a tragic folktale or a chilling childhood dream And yet, for all its grimness, it is essentially a comedy darkly, transcendently, funny.The Blackwood sisters 28 year old Constance and 18 year old Mary Kathar This book is a masterpiece It is short and spare and written in crystal clear prose, yet so evocative that it is richer in nuance than most good novels twice its size It is so good I could kick myself for not reading it years ago, yet so mythic I am convinced I have known it always, like a tragic folktale or a chilling childhood dream And yet, for all its grimness, it is essentially a comedy darkly, transcendently, funny.The Blackwood sisters 28 year old Constance and 18 year old Mary Katharine live in a big old house on the outskirts of town They are fitfully persecuted by the locals, who are convinced one of them is a murderer their whole fa...

  3. says:

    My favorite Shirley Jackson novel A masterpiece of unreliable narration and of the eerie relationship between childishness and horror.I m now re reading this for a December group read, so I thought I d update this review as I go.A lot has already been written about the masterful opening paragraph of this book, so I ll focus instead on the opening chapter It basically involves the narrator, Merricat, walking into town to do some shopping Sounds boring It s anything but that Shirley Jackson u My favorite Shirley Jackson novel A masterpiece of unreliable narration and of the eerie relationship between childishness and horror.I m now re reading this for a December group read, so I thought I d update this review as I go.A lot has already been written about the masterful opening paragraph of this book, so I ll focus instead on the opening chapter It basically involves the narrator, Merricat, walking into town to do some s...

  4. says:

    You will be wondering about that sugar bowl, I imagine Is it still in use You are wondering has it been cleaned You may very well ask was it thoroughly washed This book is looney tune I m not even sure about some things that happened One of my GR friends needs to message me so we can discuss some things on this book Of course no one will read this so it s a mute point So Constance, Merricat, and Uncle Julian live in the home together with all of their land enclosed The rest of the f You will be wondering about that sugar bowl, I imagine Is it still in use You are wondering has it been cleaned You may very well ask was it thoroughly washed This book is looney tune I m not even sure about some things that happened One of my GR friends needs to message me so we can discuss some things on this book Of course no one will read this so it s a mute point So Constance, Merricat, and Uncle Julian live in the home together with all of their land enclosed The rest of t...

  5. says:

    Merricat, said Connie, would you like a cup of tea Oh, no, said Merricat, you ll poison me.Merricat, said Connie, would you like to go to sleep Down in the boneyard ten feet deep A cliche in American horror films is to include children singing a song that is seemingly innocent at first, but gnaws at the nerves with a haunting sadism We watch children, young and naive, signing and spinning in a corn field bathed by an autumn dusk the cliche works because it is an image that we welcome through o Merricat, said Connie, would you like a cup of tea Oh, no, said Merricat, you ll poison me.Merricat, said Connie, would you like to go to sleep ...

  6. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Ah Merricat, silly Merricat, I do believe I love you I m drawn to interestingly insane women, and though of course you would poison me in the end, what a maddening and mysterious time I would first have You are high on my list of literary loves At least ones I dare speak of What I found so wonderful about this novel was the consistency of Merricat s insanity Too often an author will distill the essence of insanity into the chaotic, and this is rarely a truism Insanity isoften an over Ah Merricat, silly Merricat, I do believe I love you I m drawn to interestingly insane women, and though of course you would poison me in the end, what a maddening and mysterious time I would first have You are high on my list of literary loves At least ones I dare speak of What I found so wonderful about this novel was the consistency of Merricat s insanity Too often an author will distill the essence of insanity into the chaotic, and this is rarely a truism Insanity isoften an overly demanding focus, a hitch in a character, a mannerism that has growth as a cancer Merricat who I ca...

  7. says:

    A.K.A Grey Gardens by William Faulkner Are these unfortunate souls dead or alive in their domestic limbo Oh, this is one delicious yarn with plenty of turns with a terror that comes to us only by the Literary Mistress of the Dark Herself, Shirley Jack...

  8. says:

    This is one to cherish I thought that I ve seen everything there is to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle almostalmost surprised me Here is the ultimate dysfunctional family The Simpsons eat your heart out Merricat has mostly her elder sister Constance to live with.Death by arsenic is a painful way to die I ve been fascinated by arsenic ever since I read The Mysterious Affair at Styles It used to be available at the chemist and apparently you had to sign your name to get it Anyw This is one to cherish I thought that I ve seen everything there is to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle almostalmost surprised me Here is the ultimate dysfunctional family The Simpsons eat your heart out Merricat has mostly her elder...

  9. says:

    In The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson s group of misguided investigators discuss the idea that some houses are inherently born evil, and are destined to be haunted from the moment they re built We Have Always Lived in the Castle explores the opposite idea how a home becomes a haunted house.One of the many, many fascinating things about this book is the way it could have been approached in a completely different way It could have opened with someone a stranger to the village, most l In The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson s group of misguided investigators discuss the idea that some houses are inherently born evil, and are destined to be haunted from the moment they re built We Have Always Lived in the Castle explores the opposite idea how a home becomes a haunted house.One of the many, many fascinating things about this book is the way it could have been approached in a completely different way It could have opened with someone a stranger to the village, most likely, who didn t know t...

  10. says:

    good stuff review to come

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