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We Have Always Lived in the CastleAlternate Cover Edition can be found hereMerricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods until a fatal dose of arsenic foun Bizarre strange haunting sinister disturbing twisted foreboding suffocatingly claustrophobic leaving you with the ever growing sense of unease What else can I say about this book to give it justice?This is a chillingly terrifying story that has nothing to do with the things that go BUMP in the night No it's the odd terror that comes when things go BUMP in the mind And the most terrifying things are those that are left unsaid that creep up at you from behind the printed lines just hinted at and left for your own brain to chillingly realize “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 our family is dead” Behind the events of the story is the mystery of the Blackwood family rich New England landowners who are uite well aware of their presumed class snobbish superiority over the inhabitants of the nearby village; the family which is in turn met with distrust fear and even hatred not uite unfounded actually You see six years ago half of the members of the Blackwood family were poisoned by arsenic in their food Three are left Uncle Julian left crippled by the poison hanging on to the remnants of his mind obsessed with the tragedy of the day of the murder; Constance an agoraphobiac trapped in the narrow confines of her domestic universe cooking for the remnants of her family with a strained chirpy attitude a young woman who was also the cook on the day of the fateful arsenic poisoning and therefore is considered the poisoner in the eyes of the villagers; and Mary Katherine Merricat the narrator of the story now eighteen who was sent to her room without dinner on the day of the poisoning who now serves as a link between her diminished and scorned family and the rest of the worldFor a careful reader the identity of the poisoner is really very easy to figure out after the first few pages The psychological impact is never about the identity it's about the implications of it And that's what gives it a real punch “I am going to put death in all their food and watch them die” This strange little family survives without ever deviating from their strict routines remaining shut off from the outside world until one day an unexpected arrival threatens the fragile stability of the family and of Merricat's mind And the events that follow lead to the scariest and saddest ending presented in the most chillingly subtle way possible “I would have liked to come into the grocery some morning and see them all even the Elberts and the children lying there crying with the pain of dying I would help myself to groceries I thought stepping over their bodies taking whatever I fancied from the shelves and go home with perhaps a kick for MrsDonell while she lay there I was never sorry when I had thoughts like this; I only wished they would come true Our narrator Merricat Blackwood is not a character you can easily forget She is written with such skill with such vividness with such persuasion that th

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EPUB Ö MOBI We Have Always Lived in the Castle í Ô SHIRLEY JACKSON Ô [EPUB] ✹ We Have Always Lived in the Castle Author Shirley Jackson – Helpyouantib.co.uk Alternate Cover Edition can be found hereMerricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uD its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night Acuitted of the murders Constance has returned home where Merricat protects her from the curiousity and hostility of the villagers Their days pass in happy isol I might be the only person in the world who thinks this book is too weird senseless anticlimactic and almost plotless The characters however are charismatic in their craziness It's just not my type of crazy

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Ation until cousin Charles appears Only Merricat can see the danger and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his graspThe illustration on the cover of this Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition is by Thomas O “The least Charles could have done” Constance said considering seriously “was shoot himself through the head in the driveway” Have you ever tiptoed down a hall in a dark house late at night not sure if you really heard that bump in the night? That is what reading this novel was like in all of the best ways possible Shirley Jackson is a renowned master at the macabre the unnerving the Gothic genre and this work puts her talents on full display—in HD Most have read The Lottery whether forced by the classically inclined high school English teacher or for the pure love of the unusual and here you will find the same masterful foreshadowing biting eeriness and haunting cruelties found in a small town community As my Grandma used to say “You can always count on those ole’ townies to hide the most secrets put on the most airs and turn on ya the uickest” and Jackson once again highlighted those small town characteristics in a manner that left hairs raised on the arms and resonance echoing at the finish of each chapter We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a novel about two young adult sisters Mary Katherine and Constance who have essentially become lepers in their small town after an incident at their family dinner table six years before that left half of their family poisoned to death one sister on trial for murder and the other in an orphanage The women go about their lives hardly ever even leaving their property and being openly hated by the townspeople kept company by their ailing eccentric uncle who loves to talk about “what happened” and their loyal cat until one day a cousin comes a knocking and their lives are forever changed It slowly becomes apparent that Merricat Mary Katherine is not 100% mentally stable as she believes she has voodoo like magical powers to protect herself her family and her home she has fantasies about how her dead family members should have treated her before they died and she harbors obviously sadistic and murderous feelings towards the townspeople who tease and abuse them “I would have liked to come into the grocery store some morning and see them all even the Elberts and the children lying there crying with the pain and dying I would then help myself to groceries I thought stepping over their bodies taking whatever I fancied from the shelves and go home with perhaps a kick for Mrs Donell while she lay there” This story had an aspect of urban legend to it the makings of it and the effect that it has on those who hear it who believe it Jackson wove the tale so beautifully that I didn’t even realize how engrossed in their lives—a sign of truly good writing—I’d become until the cousin started changing the sisters’ routine and poking his nose around in that way that is uncomfortable for readers invested in the protagonists in that way that makes your heart rate uicken just a touch This story was a peep behind closed doors both literally and figuratively It was a look inside the protective bubble of recluse ness while simultaneously being an exploration of man’s nature to fear and hate what we do not ourselves understand It was also social commentary in that delicious way that only Southern Gothicism can offer though this novel has no clear mention of place it is widely believed to have been set in Vermont making it