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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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By Shirley Jackson

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Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn’t leaving the Blackwoods alone.


04 May 2021

I hadn't heard of Shirley Jackson until a few weeks ago and, understanding this to be one of her best books, bought it and read it.
A novel about a dysfunctional family told through the eyes of the seemingly psychopathic Mary Katherine (Merricat) it's chilling and thought provoking. To see the world through the eyes of somebody with a different prism to most other people is disturbing. Jackson herself was a somewhat odd woman who lived in unkempt surroundings and died young. Evidently, something of her own personality is coming through her characters. Would I read another of her novels? Yes, I definitely would!

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