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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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Feb 23, 2010

really liked it

I listened to the audio, which was well-produced. The actor's voice was easy to listen to and she did a good job with varying her voices for the different characters. I felt like she captured the cadence that Jackson intended when she wrote.

So this was the first book I picked for the SSBC. Unfortunately, I feel I struck out a bit because Matt found it lacking. Maybe we'll go back to him picking what we read.

One of the things I liked the most in the book was Merricat's use of sympathetic magic. Sympathetic (or imitative) magic makes me thing of OCD. It's a slightly comforting set of routines, of talismans, etc, to protect herself from teh outside world.

What I wished the story has was one last twist. I kept expecting some last revelation that would end the story on a different note. It wasn't a bad ending, just anticlimactic after the tone and pace of the story up to that point.

I plan to read the book, now that I have listened to it in order to see how the cadence feels compared to how it sounds.


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Matt Piechocinski Nonsense. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean I pick winner books. In fact, seeing as how many authors I do enjoy list Jackson as an influence, I went in with pretty high expectations. When those expectations don't get met, I get super pissed. Now, it's not that I thought the book was bad, I just wish there was more resolution ... like I really wish Merrikat went total sociopath, but maybe, ultimately, she just wanted to be left alone. I dunno ...

I thought the Lottery was much more compelling.

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