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.

Buy It Now: Amazon; IndieBound; Book Depository; Powell’s

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More from We Have Always Lived in the Castle [Teaser Tuesday]

NOTE: I appear to be in the middle of 3 books I have already done Teaser Tuesdays on and I am feeling helplessly behind on my May reading. So this week you get round two of Shirley Jackson.

“This Saturday morning I had apricot jam on my toast, and I thought of Constance making it and putting it away carefully for me to eat on some bright morning, never dreaming that a change would be coming before the jar was finished.”

– p. 42 of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson –

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday 5.4.2010

“I was pretending that I did not speak their language; on the moon we spoke a soft, liquid tongue, and sang in the starlight, looking down on the dead dried world; I was almost halfway past the fence.”

– p. 16 of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson –

teasertuesdays31

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

TSS – We Have Always Lived in the Castle [RBC Readalong]

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As I’ve mentioned before, my entry into the world of online book discussions started with Rory’s Book Club. Sadly, I have neglected it a little lately and I’m hoping to jump back into that forum with the next book discussion. I also think I am going to start posting those discussions here so that anyone interested in the book, can find the discussion. I hope to give you all a bit more warning next time.

The next book club choice on Rory’s Book Club is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I bought this book in March and I am thrilled to have a chance to read it now. If you’d like to join the discussion, the schedule will be:

Chapters 1-3: Start discussion on May 5
Chapters 4-7: Start discusion on May 12
Chapters 8-10: Start discussion on May 19

You can find the thread here. I hope you join us!