The Haunting of Hill House
Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, and occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventur...more
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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
The novel suffers from its own pervasive influence, for, as soon as it gets underway, it seems—whether or not you've seen either movie vers ...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
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
Let me put you in the right mood for the re ...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
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!
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
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
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.
The psychological exploration of the various characters who gather at the isolated Hill House was intriguing, especially Eleanor, the timid, disturbed young woman who is the main character. And the house seems to be finding those cracks in her psyche and exploiting them. It's got some subtleties to it that impress me more, the longer ...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
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 unlikely to scare the ...more
As I may have mentioned before, this must be one of the most perfect opening lines in literature. And it is so befitting of the book...
Allright, I dragged my heels reading this book. Not only am I not a fan of horror, I had also had a disappointing experience with Shirley Jackson in the past which left me dismissing her other books.
However, Hallo ...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
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