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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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Publisher Comments:

A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition featuring cover art by Thomas Ott

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.

Review:

"Since the mysterious death of four family members, the superstitious Mary Katherine 'Merricat' Blackwood, her ailing uncle Julian, and agoraphobic sister Constance have lived in a bizarre but contented state of isolation. But when cousin Charles arrives in search of the Blackwood fortune, a terrible family secret is revealed. Bernadette Dunne's reading is flawlessly paced and suspenseful. The voices she provides the cast of characters are spot on: precocious Merricat is haunted and increasingly desperate; Constance is doting but detached; Uncle Julian is both pleasantly dotty and utterly unnerving; and Charles is the conniving villain listeners will love to hate. A treat for fans of mystery and suspense. (June)" Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A marvelous elucidation of life...a story full of craft and full of mystery." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty." The New York Times

Synopsis:

Alone since four members of the family died of arsenic poisoning, Merricat, Constance, and Julian Blackwood spend their days in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears.

About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.

Jonathan Lethem is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude.

Thomas Ott is a Swiss artist who makes wordless scratchboard comics that depict the darker side of life with painstaking clarity. His books include Hellville and Tales from the Edge.

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missdelph, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by missdelph)
Perfectly eerie, this novel holds your attention to the very end. And what an end it is!
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LitBeetle, September 7, 2013 (view all comments by LitBeetle)
I came back to work 20 minutes late from lunch because the book was too good to put down. That was a dozen pages in. Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a whirling, magical read that takes its readers into the mind of a half-mad girl named Merricat. Through her strangely beautiful, sometimes frightening mind, we learn the story of the Blackwood family and Jackson’s incredible skill and a suspense author. Make sure you wear a decent shawl while reading this, because - "between Merricat’s quietly frightening mind and Jackson’s simple but eloquent writing - "We Have Always Lived in the Castle will give you chills.
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alchymyst, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by alchymyst)
I love this short yet intensely creepy novel. It is narrated by Mary Katherine "Merricat" Blackwood, who lives in a large house on the outskirts of the village with her sister Constance and uncle Julian. The family is ostracized due to the family history and the villagers' perception that Constance had poisoned the Blackwood parents with arsenic. As the deceptively innocent tone of the narrative lures you in further and further, you realize that this is perhaps the most unsettling and disturbing book you will ever read in your life (and yes, that's what makes it amazing).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039976
Author:
Jackson, Shirley
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Introduction:
Lethem, Jonathan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Horror
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Publication Date:
20130625
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.44x5.56x.49 in. .46 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Classics - English 9780143039976 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Since the mysterious death of four family members, the superstitious Mary Katherine 'Merricat' Blackwood, her ailing uncle Julian, and agoraphobic sister Constance have lived in a bizarre but contented state of isolation. But when cousin Charles arrives in search of the Blackwood fortune, a terrible family secret is revealed. Bernadette Dunne's reading is flawlessly paced and suspenseful. The voices she provides the cast of characters are spot on: precocious Merricat is haunted and increasingly desperate; Constance is doting but detached; Uncle Julian is both pleasantly dotty and utterly unnerving; and Charles is the conniving villain listeners will love to hate. A treat for fans of mystery and suspense. (June)"
"Review" by , "A marvelous elucidation of life...a story full of craft and full of mystery."
"Review" by , "A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty."
"Synopsis" by , Alone since four members of the family died of arsenic poisoning, Merricat, Constance, and Julian Blackwood spend their days in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears.
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