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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)

por Shirley Jackson

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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.
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    The Wasp Factory por Iain Banks (taz_)
    taz_: I suspect that Iain Banks' "Wasp Factory" character Frank Cauldhame was inspired by Shirley Jackson's Merricat, as these two darkly memorable teenagers share a great many quirks - the totems and protections to secure their respective "fortresses", the obsessive superstitions that govern their daily lives and routines, their isolation and cloistered pathology, their eccentric families and dark secrets. Be warned, though, that "The Wasp Factory" is a far more explicit and grisly tale than the eerily genteel "Castle" and certainly won't appeal to all fans of the latter.… (mais)
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    A Head Full of Ghosts por Paul Tremblay (sturlington)
    sturlington: Sisters named Merry. Tremblay was clearly influenced strongly by Jackson.
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    Who was Changed and Who was Dead por Barbara Comyns (laytonwoman3rd)
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    The Bloody Chamber por Angela Carter (sturlington)
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    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie por Alan Bradley (citygirl)
    citygirl: Castle is much darker and Flavia is more adorable than creepy (Merricat is quite creepy), but if you're interested in unusual young protagonists, with a very particular world view, try these.
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    The Hill of Dreams por Arthur Machen (Nialle)
    Nialle: Young, emotionally complex, imaginative narrators in isolated situations - have something going on that the reader only glimpses before the big reveal
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    The Franchise Affair por Josephine Tey (lahochstetler)
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    The Behaviour of Moths por Poppy Adams (sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: Two sisters with a mysterious relationship and dark history together, unreliable narrators, dark, old, rural houses with mysteries of their own... Though the books take different plotlines, they share so many similar elements that people who enjoyed the setting and storytelling of one will likely enjoy the other.… (mais)
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    wandering_star: Similar tone (and Dundas credits Jackson in the book's afterword).
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    passion4reading: Though set within completely different landscapes, situations and time periods, each novel has the central theme of an outsider intruding upon an isolated close-knit family group, with disastrous consequences.
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I enjoyed this book. I was expecting something different then it was, but even so it was a really good read. Its a bit dark but if you like that sort of thing as I do you'll really appreciate that here. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
The scariest monsters and demons are our fellow human beings. Neighbors in our local communities. Average men, women, and children who have a fear and hatred of anyone different from themselves. The way this community treats Merricat and Constance is just awful. Shame on them.

I love the writing in this book:

Mary Katherine reading off the grocery list to Mr. Elbert, the grocer: "A box of peanut brittle," I said; Uncle Julian would clatter and crunch over his papers tonight, and go to bed sticky."

And this, about Jonas, her cat. "And Jonas regarded me in wide-eyed astonishment, that I should attempt to make decisions for him."

I couldn't put this book down and look forward to watching the movie next.

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  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
This book was clearly the first highlight of 2020, and a book that goes into my Book Hall of Fame right away. It was the first book by Shirley Jackson that I've read, but certainly not the last. Only 146 pages. Yet so FULL. Full with unsaid things. Full with what's there to read between the lines. Two sisters and their Uncle who live in a big house. The rest of the family was poisoned six years ago. Who did it? And why? And why are they all hated by the people in the village where they live? Did something happen in the past? Or are these villagers just hostile to be hostile? What has Cousin Charles in mind, who comes visiting one day? And why does all hell break loose shortly after? The book doesn't answer many questions but raises a ton of new ones. There's so much to unfold. So much to discover. So much to think about. So many theories. If there's one thing I cannot understand it's readers who find this book either boring or simple or shallow. Everyone has a different taste... fine. Yet, this has got to be one of the least boring, simple or shallow stories I've ever read. Merricat is one of the most complex characters I've ever had the pleasure to meet in a book. Shirley Jackson wrote one of the best books I've ever read. And since it wasn't enough to read, I listened to the audiobook as well, read by the wonderful Bernadette Dunne - 5 stars to her!
This book is everything: Awesome! Mesmerizing! Fascinating! Chilling! Devastating! ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
Assigning stars to Shirley Jackson's classic dark Gothic novel feels like a hopelessly presumptuous exercise. We don't have star ratings for hurricanes, volcanoes or earthquakes and, like those forces of nature, "We Have Always Lived ..." doesn't need our feedback. It just "is" -- and doesn't care who gets hurt in the process.

Before she succumbed to her own demons, at the age of only 49, Shirley Jackson created a Most Perfect Thing: the twisted love-child of "House of the Seven Gables" and "Cold Comfort Farm" (if the majority of the Starkadders had been buried in shallow graves behind the woodshed). "We Have Always Lived ..." is a dazzling little gem of unreliable narration, dark psychology (both individual and herd), and terrifying, vivid imagery. It is also very, very funny.

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  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
young girl sequestered in village in which her sister is beleived to have poisoned family
  ritaer | Jul 7, 2021 |
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Of the precocious children and adolescents of mid-twentieth-century American fiction ... none is more memorable than eighteen-year-old "Merricat" of Shirley Jackson's masterpiece of Gothic suspense We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962).
 

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Nome do autorPapelTipo de autorObra?Estado
Jackson, Shirleyautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Bliss, HarryArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dunne, BernadetteNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Franzén, TorkelTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lethem, JonathanIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Oates, Joyce CarolPosfácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ott, ThomasArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pareschi, MonicaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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My 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, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.
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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!
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?
Our house was a castle, turreted and open to the sky.
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