Saturday, October 07, 2006

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

This short novel by Shirley Jackson (of short story The Lottery fame) is a perfect read for Halloween. A mysterious poisoning has killed all members of a family save two sisters and their uncle Julian, who survives but is much damaged by the event. The younger girl was 12 when she lost her parents and other siblings. We meet her now 6 years later, as the story is told from her point of view. All is very strange at their house where they live in nearly complete isolation, until cousin Charles comes to check on them. Things will never be the same. Creepy, fascinating, brilliant.


At 5:19 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I really enjoyed 'The Lottery'. If readers enjoy Shirley Jackon's work, they might also like Ray Bradbury!


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