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Jul 07, 2014
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Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived In The Castle

Yikes.

Jonathan Lethem wrote of Jackson in 1997:


  The real crisis came near the end of her life,
  resulting in a period of agoraphobia and psychosis; she wrote her
  way through it in “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” In that novel, Jackson brilliantly isolates the two aspects in her psyche into two odd, damaged sisters: one hypersensitive and afraid, unable to leave the house, the other a sort of squalid demon
  prankster who may or may not have murdered the rest of her family
  for her fragile sister’s sake. For me, it is that unique and
  dreamlike book, rather than “The Lottery,” that stands as her
  masterpiece.


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Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived In The Castle

Yikes.

Jonathan Lethem wrote of Jackson in 1997:

The real crisis came near the end of her life, resulting in a period of agoraphobia and psychosis; she wrote her way through it in “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” In that novel, Jackson brilliantly isolates the two aspects in her psyche into two odd, damaged sisters: one hypersensitive and afraid, unable to leave the house, the other a sort of squalid demon prankster who may or may not have murdered the rest of her family for her fragile sister’s sake. For me, it is that unique and dreamlike book, rather than “The Lottery,” that stands as her masterpiece.

Filed under: my reading year 2014

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