We Have Always Lived in the Castle [Book Review]

I got a little behind on my reviews, so here is the first in a series of mini-reviews because I waited just a little too long to do a full review justice.

Title: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Author: Shirley Jackson
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0143039970
Pages: 160
Year: 1962
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Source: Personal Collection
Rating: 5/5

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the story of Mary Katherine (“Merricat”) who lives with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian in their enormous and isolated house.  The three are almost completely cut off from society and live by their own daily routines. Actually, the story is about what happens when their simple lives are disrupted and these routines fall apart.

I adored this book. But I am going to have a very hard time explaining why. It was amazingly creepy and entirely engrossing. It was interesting to watch the RBC discussion unfold and the different theories everyone came up with along the way. Shirley Jackson deserves all the praise she gets for this novel and everyone should read this. Soon.

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6 thoughts on “We Have Always Lived in the Castle [Book Review]

  1. erik. July 6, 2010 / 10:20 am

    I probably already posted this somewhere, but I love Shirley Jackson. If you liked WHALitC, you should read “The Haunting of Hill House.” It is terrifying and an amazing character puzzle.


  2. Molly July 6, 2010 / 4:37 pm

    I also loved this book and plan to re-read again for Carl’s RIP challenge this fall.


  3. Dominique July 6, 2010 / 6:04 pm

    This is such a weird and creepy book. Also it’s rare at RBC discussions that everyone really likes the selection, which was the case with this one. Usually at least one person doesn’t like it or is meh about it. I’ve got The Haunting of Hill House as well so I’m looking forward to reading that.


  4. Heather @ Book Addiction July 6, 2010 / 10:06 pm

    I loved this book so hard and I’m happy to see that you did too. I also had a hard time describing what was so great about it, just that it is such a fantastic book and people should read it, lol. It may be one that I re-read sometime soon. 🙂


  5. Nymeth July 7, 2010 / 4:55 pm

    I LOVED this book too! But yes, explaining what’s so great about it is hard, especially without spoilers.


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