The Haunting of Hill House
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The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwise have been merely a sensational tale into a artful novel, worthy of a discerning reader..
The novel suffers from its own pervasive influence, for, as soon as it gets underway, it seems—whether or not you've seen eith ...more
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
"Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations are often best produced in rooms where there're books. I cannot think of any time when material was in any way hampered by the presence of books." 
There is an aura of authentic literary splicing here: the psychological n ...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
But well worth the time reading it.
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 re ...more
I decided to (finally) read this book for Halloween 2016 and I am glad to have experienced it! Not sure quite what I was expecting and I didn't research before starting.
It's not really a horror story - it is creepy rather than scary and atmospheric rather than gory. I am a chicken and wasn't even remotely scared even once as I read.
After finishing I did some research and I found that a genre has been coined for this type of book - "haunted house story". The ...more
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My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . .
Turns out they picked kind of a crunchy one. I should have known those bastages were just trying to trick me! The Haunting of Hill House wasn’t awful, but it was most definitely a slow roller and more of an eerie tale rather tha ...more
When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed?
I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to take the plunge when the Pantless Ones picked it for an October read. I was not overly impressed.
I don't know if this was the case of wrong book/wrong time but I was not engaged by this book. All of the characters seemed li ...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 was disappointed by this book to be honest. I felt the novel did not live up to its potential and it certa ...more
Let me put you in the right mood for the re ...more
This comes from the opening to The Haunting of Hill House, a 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson, an American writer who died far too young at the age of ...more
What is that you say? ANOTHER buddy-read with The Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless Buddy Read Group????
How frightening!!! Hold me closer Tony Danza!
"No one knows, even, why some houses are called haunted."
"What else could you call Hill House?" Luke demanded.
"Well - disturbed, perhaps. Leprous. Sick. Any of the popular euphemisms for insanity; a deranged house is a pretty conceit."
What makes The Haunting of Hill House compelling is the book's narrative voice:
This house, which seemed somehow to have fo ...more
رعب الوحدة...والمحاولات اليائسة "للانخراط" الاجتماعي التي تصاب بالفشل
A novel about a Horror more terrifying than Haunted Houses..
The Horror of Loneliness, and the Desperate attempts to socially fit in.
لم اجد ترجمة لكلمة "فيت أين" سوي الانخراط..ربما التأقلم أو التكيف.. ولكن هذا فعلا ماشعرت به خلال قراءتي للرواية واكثر ما ارعبني بالحكاية .. اكثر ما سبب لي الأنقباض بتلك الرواية الامريكية الشهيرة التي تعود ل1959 والتي تعد من الكلاسيك ...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
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
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
Of course, this is the classic book the Shirley Jackson is most well known for, and a haunted house story which has set the benchmark for the genre.
A professor with an interest in the paranormal has heard rumors about Hill House - a remote mansion that's been shut up for years, in the wake of a family tragedy. In order to properly investigate the reputed phenomena ...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
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