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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Jackson, Shirley (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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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.
Authors: Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965
Title: We have always lived in the castle
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
Characteristics: xii, 146 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Shirley Jackson ; introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking Press, 1962
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0143039970
9780143039976
Branch Call Number: FICTION JACKSON
Subject Headings: Penny dreadfuls
Genre/Form: Gothic fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Penny dreadfuls
LCCN: 2006049342
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Merricat and Constance are sisters that live alone in an isolated house. What happened to their family?

Eerieness looms around the mystery of an infamous family.

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, this is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family.


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Aug 02, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Shirley Jackson will probably be always known for her celebrated story "The Lottery," but her other work is interesting too. This is often considered her best novel and it's a creepy, understated gothic tale of a very strange family. Introduction by Jonathan Lethem. Also check out "The Haunting of Hill House."

Mar 31, 2014
  • Lyca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully creepy and well written.

Jul 16, 2013
  • AndrewL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book, great literature

Jul 15, 2011
  • janetplanet9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ah, but it is so much more than a whodunnit.
(In response to a comment by someone who found it too predictable, having figured out the plot one third of the way through.)

Jul 20, 2010
  • geekthegirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is, in my opinion, a quiet masterpiece. The feeling of isolated intimacy the reader encounters with the characters is startlingly realistic. I highly recommend this book, especially for fans of Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House."

May 20, 2010
  • ajs4books rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All of her work is wonderful, but I always found this one the most delightfully creepy. Yes, the situation is obvious, but that doesn't take away from Jackson's deft hand at creating atmosphere & weird characters. I read it as a teenager, probably under 15. Well suited to that age group, I thought.

May 20, 2010
  • christilini rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too predictable! I had the plot figured out a third of the way through.

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May 20, 2010
  • christilini rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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