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Sundial por Shirley Jackson
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Sundial (original 1958; edição 1976)

por Shirley Jackson

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Fiction. Horror. Literature. Science Fiction. HTML:Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jacksons stunningly creepy fourth novel, The Sundial

When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Título:Sundial
Autores:Shirley Jackson
Informação:Amereon Limited (1976), Hardcover, 245 pages
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The Sundial por Shirley Jackson (1958)

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The Sundial is droll, mocks every social class, spirals rapidly into madness, and is Gothic with a capital G. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
In The Sundial, perhaps Shirley Jackson’s most comical novel, twelve rather disagreeable individuals are cooped together in a mansion waiting for the end of the world.

When Aunt Fanny, a rather ditsy spinster is threatened out of her family home by her megalomaniac sister-in-law, she is quite rightfully distressed. Lucky for Aunt Fanny, on that very same day she happens to hear the disembodied voice of her deceased father. He warns Aunt Fanny of an impending apocalypse and tells her not to leave the Halloran estate: “Tell them in the house that they will be saved. Do not let them leave the house.”

What ensues is a comedy of sorts, as the family is engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence. Lost in the thought of a coming paradise, their interior lives collide into utter madness.

The novel is packed with hilarious observations, and the characters act so strangely in their belief of the coming apocalypse. They create rules to abide by; they destroy books; they throw one last little party for the town. Like the mansion in The Haunting of Hill House, the Halloran estate is a character. Shirley writes:

“THE CHARACTER OF THE HOUSE IS PERHAPS OF INTEREST. IT STOOD UPON A SMALL RISE IN GROUND, AND ALL THE LAND IT SURVEYED BELONGED TO THE HALLORAN FAMILY. THE HALLORAN LAND WAS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD BY A STONE WALL, WHICH WENT COMPLETELY AROUND THE ESTATE, SO THAT ALL INSIDE THE WALL WAS HALLORAN, ALL OUTSIDE WAS NOT.”

This is yet another novel by Jackson that explores the double function of houses: the Halloran mansion is both a fortress—a place of safety—and a prison.

And in the end, as the family awaits the coming paradise, in the midst of a storm, it surely seems like the mansion is more prison than a safe refuge.

The Sundial, written before Hill House, is a slowly haunting book, with no easy answers. Is it about the danger of belief? Is it about the danger of greed? Is it a critique of the privileged?

Perhaps.

It will leave you thinking like all great literature does, long after you close the pages.

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  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
“… the sundial arrived inscribed WHAT IS THIS WORLD?”

It arrived at the Halloran estate, ordered from Philadelphia.

“Aunt Fanny’s father had come to tell these people that the world outside was ending.” Her visions are pretty creepy reading. As are the moments when Gloria looks in the mirror!

Aunt Fanny is only 48 years old? She reads SO MUCH older! Julia’s story when she leaves the house is really good! (and GREAT last line of that chapter! HILARIOUS!). “The only books to be included were Aunt Fanny’s Boy Scout Handbook, the encyclopedia, Fancy’s French grammar… and a World Almanac.” Gotta Be Prepared! Especially for the apocalypse! If it is, in fact, happening. The end of the book is almost exactly as it should have been! A fun, and semi-spooky, read!

“When shall we live if not now?”

“The sundial showed no hours at night.” ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Aug 7, 2023 |
This one started off with a bang - pushed down the stairs, or fell? Ghost encounter or madness or lies? - but then slowed waaay down. At first I resented the change in tempo, but after finishing the book I understand how necessary that change was to the plot. And it works, it really works. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Now that's how you do an extremely dark comedy! ( )
  xaverie | Apr 3, 2023 |
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The question of belief is a curious one, partaking of the wonders of childhood and the blind hopefulness of the very old; in all the world there is not someone who does not believe something. It might be suggested, and not easily disproven that anything, no matter how exotic, can be believed by someone. On the other hand, abstract belief is largely impossible; it is the concrete, the actuality of the cup, the candle, the sacrificial stone, which hardens belief; the statue is nothing until it cries, the philosophy is nothing until the philosopher is martyred.
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Fiction. Horror. Literature. Science Fiction. HTML:Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jacksons stunningly creepy fourth novel, The Sundial

When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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