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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
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Nov 16, 2011

it was amazing

I first read this book when I was fifteen, after discovering Shirley Jackson in my 10th grade English class. I've read it several times since, and it is one of those novels I will continue to read over and over again, there's so many brilliant elements and layers to this book that I gain something new every time. So I'm thankful N picked me up this copy when he was at our favorite used book store last weekend!

Four people gather at Hill House for paranormal observation: Dr. Montague, who has invited a dozen people to join him, of which only two, Theodora and Eleanor, respond. Theodora has had a fight with her roommate so decides, why not? But Eleanor is almost drawn to the house, unwillingly, and then becomes unable to imagine herself ever not living within its walls. The fourth person, Luke, has inherited the house, and strives not to let the supernatural occurrences bother him.

And the House, itself, is a character - never have I read anything that has achieved what Jackson does in this novel in creating a character out of an inanimate object. She does a brilliant job, and one I feel I will forever be seeking to emulate in my own writing.

If this book doesn't frighten you, you're not reading carefully - it should leave you doubting the confines of your own sanity with the psychological analyses Jackson unveils in each of the characters in turn, but especially Eleanor, and especially Hill House....
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Laurie Venessa, I read this in high school as well, and there are still scenes that I remember and get goose bumps thing of. I re-read it a few years ago and loved it all over again, even though horror is not a genre I usually go for.

Venessa With such brilliant prose, how can you not love it? :)

Laurie I may have to revisit her other books, as you have done. But there is so much else to read!

Venessa At least we will never run out :)

Michael Wonderful review! I recently re-read this and fell in love with it all over again. Shirley Jackson is so brilliant, and I had to really slow down to see how exactly she creates the wonderfully skewed atmosphere of dread and madness and whimsy that permeates this book. If you're interested, you can find my review here:

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