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The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
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really liked it
bookshelves: a-classics, ge-gothic-horror, ed-penguin-modern-classics, 2015-read, c-20th-century

"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 awesome twists and turns, I ended up highly enjoying it! I think that if you liked one of Shirley Jackson's other works, you'll definitely enjoy this! There are a lot of themes that reoccur in Jackson's writing (e.g. the setting in a big isolated mansion, a large number of characters that aren't particularly likeable, and so on...) It's twisted, absurd at times, super creepy, ((view spoiler)), and also pretty freaking hilarious. Definitely recommend!
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Reading Progress

December 30, 2014 – Shelved
December 30, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
December 30, 2014 – Shelved as: a-classics
December 30, 2014 – Shelved as: ge-gothic-horror
April 8, 2015 – Shelved as: ed-penguin-modern-classics
June 10, 2015 – Started Reading
June 12, 2015 –
page 67
30.18% "Very Shirley Jackson-esque so far."
June 14, 2015 –
page 172
77.48% "It's so fascinating how most of the characters seem so "logical" on the surface and are really stubborn in their ways, but are also so superstitious and pretty much completely insane. Absolutely loving it!"
June 15, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015-read
June 15, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 24, 2018 – Shelved as: c-20th-century

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