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Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson…Shirl…is smitten with language and she uses it to great effect to create an emotionally charged, disorientating atmosphere with healthy heapings of melodrama. Very gothic in feel and actually reminded me of Wuthering Hei ...more
So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting writing style and an ear for consistent, if not always realistic, quirky dialogue. But the characters spend so much time being weirdly objective about their own fears that when bad stuff happens, I feel sort of...objecti ...more
I was disappointed by this book to be honest. I felt the novel did not live up to its potential and it certa ...more
This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect.
Quote: “I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside.”
And what I think is the best opening paragraph in all of literature:
"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by ...more
I hated all The Haunting of Hill House's characters so much that I couldn't stand reading the book, yet Shirley Jackson's need to make us hate all the characters in the book, and her success impressed the hell out of me.
But then I wondered if the reason I hated the characters was not genuinely because of the book, but because of the crappy film version from 1999. Jan de Bont's remake, The Haunting, was abysmal, and the performances of its four ...more
"Don't do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup
of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone
else you will never see your cup of stars again"
Thank goodness this didn't happen (this was before search engines, by the way), but I'll hold to the opinion that Shirley Jackson is one of the most intriguing writers of the 20th century. Even if the man ...more
This book speaks to a profound alienation, the kind you have to be very alone, very afraid, and very angry for a very long time to truly understand. I know this protagonist. I know this place and just how easy it is to succumb to it. If you want to kno ...more
Dr. Montague is writing a book on psychic phenomena and has invited three peculiar guests to assist him with an exploratory scientific experiment by staying in a well known evil haunted house. As darkness falls each day, the deadly cold house seems to come alive with poltergeis...more
That's how I felt about this book. I had no idea what was going on, until the very end, and I only had one or two ideas even then. Are these people crazy? Is the house haunted? Is there a bad guy? Is this supposed to be funny? But I loved every sentence.
Man, do I dig Shirley Jackson.
As scary novels go, The Haunting of Hill House is a lightweight--majorly. The character of Eleanor sums up what it feels like to read this book:
“It’s not us doing the waiting,” Eleanor said. “It’s the house. I think it’s biding its time.” “Waiting until we feel secure, maybe, and then it will pounce.”The house “bides its time” for most of the story. The first haunting scene occurs at the book’s halfway point, and it, along with all the others, is unl ...more
1) Its reputation in my mind would grow over time
2) I wanted to revisit it in the near future and give it another read (which is something I rarely even consider)
For me, it didn't have the visceral impact that many people report after reading it. I didn't find the book scary. In fact, some aspects I found rather silly, like the introduction of Mrs. Montague near the end of the book. She was such a broadly drawn caricature of a overbearing wife, and she ...more
We do not exist if we are not noticed.
That idea is what I took away from the tortuous, shocking horror novel The Haunting of Hill House, but I have no idea if it’s a common interpretation or not. The story begins innocuously, or as innocuously as a story can begin when the opening chapters feature four characters driving to a secluded country house in hopes of monitoring supernatural activity previously observed there. After finishing the novel, I looked back upon the slow, casual beginning w ...more
During this seasonal window, I seek out books and movies that might provide a bit of a chill. I am se ...more
Houses catch a bad rap. Some curse them as conduits, others as tombs. The shelter provided leaves a record of sins and scars. One could imagine the sum of voices gathering as well. Huddled and harboring. Echoes vie with whispers as dust motes measure the empty turn of the seasons. The curse of Hill House renders certain voic ...more
This was initially a difficult book to review, and especially to rate; it definitely benefited from some time to reflect on it, so as to develop a tentative understanding of what was going on, because Jackson revels in ambiguity here. A two-star rating was out of the question; whate ...more
Three random people are chosen by a doctor to spend a summer in a home that is supposedly haunted, by what it is haunted is anyone's guess. How he finds these people is anyone's guess. The doctor's reasons for choosing these particular subjects are as obscure as their inexplicable reasons for joining a complete stran ...more
Odavno se nije desilo da zbog knjige ostanem budan cijelu noć koliko mi je zanimljiva bila. ... Dobro , priznajem. Bila je i strasna. Vidim mnogi se žale kako nema radnje... Ima radnje , samo se treba udubit u priču. Zar nije dovoljan horor pratiti djevojku koja polako počinje gubit razum? Nesto slično kao u Isijavanju od Kinga. Samo je ovo po meni bolje odradjeno. (Citaj - kraća knjiga )
Od mene ide 5 *. Bas sam se lijepo proveo.
PS. Tek nakon nekih 40% čitanja sam se sjetio z ...more
Preporuka za sve ljubitelje horora ili misterija. Nema krvi do kolena ili karakondzula ali efekat je prvoklasan.
Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts until the very end.
And unlike other ghost stories that struggle with an ending, Jackson's haunted house tale brilliantly ends with the same mystery and psychological tension as the narrative held throughout, she leaves the reader without a falsely satisfying c ...more
Touching on both supernatural and psychological themes, The Haunting (also published as The Haunting of Hill House ) follows the attempt of one Dr. Montague to make an academic “summer project” of a house long known to be haunted. The three young people he selects to join him in this project all bring issues of their own – and one (no sp ...more
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She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown Ameri ...more