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El reloj de sol

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,222 ratings  ·  289 reviews
Imaginemos una gran casa ambientada como un film de Tim Burton, habitada por personajes de una comedia de Jane Austen observados bajo una lupa de vidrio oscuro, donde suceden hechos escalofriantes que parecen salidos de un cuento de Edgar Allan Poe. Y ahora agitemos: esto es El reloj de sol, una de las mejores novelas de Shirley Jackson.
En El reloj de sol la familia Hallor
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published November 15th 2017 by Debolsillo (first published 1958)
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Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like a sort of compassionate Oscar Wilde, this romp among the tombstones & all types of Gothic macabre can be experienced like a full-out play. There is an impressive group of characters--eh, automatons--and enough lines of dialogue to tickle anyone's fancy. This is the third Jackson novel I've delved into; the third novel deserving a 5-star rating. Jackson is the quintessential lost-and-found writer, the fountainhead of so much of the stuff the genre has to offer. In short, an indispensable ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse-now
In Stephen King's novel 11/22/63 a man named Jake Epping finds a portal that allows him to travel to 1958.

To be specific. . . it transports him to September 9, 1958 @ 11:58am.

And, no matter how many times Jake goes into the portal and emerges back into the present day, it is always 1958 when he returns.

Once Jake commits to entering into the portal for good, he adjusts to life in 1958 and prefers it. He can't quite get over how much better the food tastes, how much more polite children are to
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
This book is such a wicked pleasure. I give it four stars only to distinguish it from We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, which are really the pinnacle of Shirley Jackson's art. But the elements are all here, in The Sundial: the old house, the sense of decay and doom, family legends, oddball characters, the blurring of reality and magic, and a comedy of manners so black and biting that it makes you wince with pleasure and pain. The novel opens with a family returni ...more
this is among my favourite novels. every time i read it i am just as struck by its harmonious discord as i was the first time. this story is, to me, a perversely uneven amalgam of apocalypse, drawing room comedy, and creepy, gothic haunted-house tale. i think i only like the book more for the fact that the pieces don't quite fit together, and the scene that scares me the most isn't the one i'd expect; though there are several claustrophobic and uncomfortable moments in the sundial, and i always ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Shirley Jackson writes seriously weird fiction. I used to think of her as a horror writer, after reading The Lottery and reading about The Haunting of Hill House umpteen number of times (I have still not been able to lay my hands on the book). However, We Have Always Lived in the Castle convinced me that her literary talents were much above that of the run-of-the-mill horror writer: the book under discussion has strengthened that belief. Shirley Jackson is a genius of the level of Franz Kafka - ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The sight of one's own heart is degrading; people are not meant to look inward—that's why they've been given bodies, to hide their souls.”

3.5 stars. While the charmingly odd dialogue and eerie atmosphere were quite a bit more intriguing than the actual plot, you can never go too far wrong with Shirley Jackson!
Krok Zero
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-2010
Shirley Jackson was such a kooky genius. Emphasis on genius. Also, emphasis on kooky.

I'm learning that there is a whole world of Shirleyana beyond that one story which shall remain nameless because everyone read it in high school.

The premise of this one is simple but also highly bizarre. A wealthy family, plus assorted hangers-on, waits around in a big old house for what they believe to be the imminent apocalypse. Most of the family members are pretty awful in one way or another, and they mostl
Foreword, by Victor LaValle

--The Sundial
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be tricky, even the star rating was difficult.
This is an extremely character driven book with no plot to speak of. I didn't like or care for any of them and there are lots.
The gothic setting and 'story' should have been right up my street but we just didn't gel.
I've decided to dnf this one at over 150 pages which is rubbish I know, but if I keep on not being involved it will send me into a reading slump which I really don't want.
Not all books are going to be winners for all rea
The pleasure of reading The Sundial is in the quality of Jackson's prose, the cleverness of the way she does character and plot through dialogue or limited narration, the way she can take almost any scene and infuse it with that little frission of dread and foreboding. I'm not as much a fan of it as I am of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, though there are commonalities; most of the characters are detestable, which is not something I get along with, and all but one or two are quite weak perso ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. The extra half is for Jackson. Will the Hallorans witness an apocalypse? Will the apocalypse spare the Hallorans like papa Halloran predicted? Read this and find out all the answers. When you have them, let me know.
"Aunt Fanny knows when the world will end... Aunt Fanny has always been somewhat peculiar. No one is surprised that while the Halloran clan gathers at the crumbling old mansion for a funeral she wanders off to the secret garden. But when she reports the vision she had there, the family is engulfed in fear, violence, and madness. For Aunt Fanny's long-dead father has given her the precise date of the final cataclysm!"
It took some time for me to get into this book, but after the story took some aw
Jeff Jackson
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-2
Aunt Shirley's "The Sundial" is not in the same class as later masterworks such as "The Haunting of Hill House" and especially the perfect "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," but it still takes the prize for the bitchiest apocalyptic novel. There's a good dose of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh in the scathingly funny dialogue, with some supernatural "Wicker Man" antics thrown in for good measure. The ending is nothing short of sublime and lifts the entire novel, forcing you to re-evaluate your v ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know why I didn’t know this author before now. That’s my second book and I gave it 4 starts just because “We have always lived in a castle” is amazing, and it’s different.
But even “The sundial” just left me without words. This book is an hilarious scene of how a family can collaborate and work together with a strange sense of humour and love and kind of hate, all together.
I am ready for the next one. 😊
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic, horror
This enduring and timeless horror classic is absolutely amazing, filled with imagination and a foreboding sense of dread.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read The Bird's Nest last month, I expected another quality read from Shirley Jackson. Unfortunately, The Sundial failed to grab me. It should have been intriguing: Aunt Fanny's brother dies, but his ghost appears to her with warnings of an upcoming apocalypse, in which only the people inside the family mansion will survive.

OK, this was written decades ago, but the family believes the warning so quickly that it doesn't feel right. Someone does try to skip out, but after she's assaulted sh
A fascinating, unique allegory about a dysfunctional family facing the Apocalypse. Jackson's writing is really good, perhaps not as much structurally but certainly lyrically and in service to her characters.

It took me a while to figure out that most of the dialogue and character interactions were supposed to be funny, I guess because I was expecting something darker and more sinister. But after being confused by character motives for the 1st quarter or so of the book it hit me: this is theater
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderfully weird, creepy, funny book, with such an oddball cast of characters. The plot is pretty simple: an aristocratic family believes the world is going to end on August 30th, and only people within the Halloran family homestead will survive the apocalypse and be reborn to paradise. Mrs. Halloran, the controlling, overbearing matriarch is the star of the novel. Her wit, cruelty, and vulnerability shines on every page. Can't say I've ever read a book quite like The Sundial.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
WHAT IS THIS WORLD. Acerbic, mean, modern, and surprisingly funny. Shirley Jackson was a goddamn genius and I want everyone to read this book and then talk to me about it. One of my favorites this year.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-america
Many years ago as a junior high school student, I remember reading Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” in class and being taken aback with just how....wicked it was. It’s been many years since I’ve come back to her writing but I’m so glad I did. If “The Lottery” was wicked, “The Sundial” is wickedness covered in evil, smothered in a secret sauce of sarcasm and black, black humor. These are some seriously messed up and self important people and yet, I can’t count how many times I laughed ...more
Sarah Kingston
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shirley, Shirley, Shirley. Every time I pick up one of your books I brace myself for disappointment, knowing that not every novel can be a 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'. This wasn't that, but by god, you get close.

The concept of this novel is fantastic. A group of inherently unlikable, spoiled, petty characters become convinced that they are receiving messages from beyond the grave warning of the planet's destruction, and wall themselves up together in the big old ancestral home to wait f
Gene Heinrich
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why haven't I embraced Shirley Jackson before now? This was my third book I've read by her and am totally blown away by her style, her insights, her mind. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! While this novel is not filled with ghosts or creepiness (unless you consider the family interactions creepy... which they are), it does have a very slight other worldliness to it... and tons of comedy. There were times I actually burst out laughing at the insanity of these characters. If you ...more
Carla Remy
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century-lit
I wrote in my previous review (when i didn't finish it) that this book epitomizes Shirley Jackson's Gothic Psychedelia.
Aunt Fanny, having a surreal psychotic episode (probably a seizure) sees her father's ghost, who tells her the world will end and all will die but the inhabitants of their family mansion. And everyone there believes her and acts accordingly. This novel is funny and weird and adorably dark and surreal. I find it a heavy book, strange, deep and abstract. I loved the part when Jul
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. I love Shirley Jackson but this was just ok for me. There were some memorable moments but for the most part this story was a bit too predictable and a bit too exaggerated to be genuinely creepy or funny.
Emma Kay Krebs
Omg, Shirley out-Jackson'd herself with this one. Hilarious mix of comedy of manners and apocalyptic tale. Love the characters, and how well-developed they are!
Lee Foust
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Every Shirley Jackson novel I read seems better and more interesting than the last. So happy to have begun exploring her work beyond the obviously Gothic classic The Haunting of Hill House, which I've known since my teenage horror fandom years.

Although I've been reading the novels in a kind of random order, re-constructing the author's progression, The Sundial represents a continuation of the novels of female alienation (I would call them) before the last phase of more pointedly Gothic--although
This didn't draw me in quite as much as other Jackson novels I've read so far - perhaps because of the ensemble cast? - but it's bloody funny. Full review to follow.
Sean Kennedy
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shirley Jackson's wicked black humour is in full effect here, as she satirizes the community that forms in the face of an impending apocalypse. Rather than a brave new world, it seems it is going to be exactly the same until a more benevolent dictator takes the throne.
Vivek Tejuja
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So it had been a while since I read something gothic or along the lines of horror. I then thought of Shirley Jackson. I had heard of her now and then but never got around to reading her. Friends did tell me about, “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” and the more famous, “The Haunting of Hill House” but somehow I never got around to reading her. I am amazed and a little sad that I did not read her before. Well, it is never too late. I am going to devour every book written by Ms. Jackson in this ...more
Stephen Curran
A walled estate, full of lakes and grottos and mazes. Inside this, a vast mansion, decorated with inspirational quotes. Inside this, a seldom visited floor, set up to replicate the childhood home of one of the inhabitants. Then, smaller still, a dolls house with running water and a working kitchen: a replication of the mansion itself, owned by the family's wilful only child. It is within the walls of this enormous estate that the Hallorans plan to wait for the end of the world.

Three books in, I
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Shirley Jackson was an influential American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.

She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown Ameri
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'What for?'

'To shoot lions, of course.'

'What on Earth for?' said Mrs. Willow blankly.

'Some people shoot lions,' the girl said pleasantly, 'and some people do not shoot lions. My father is one of the people who do.”
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