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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Classics (1. Oktober 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0141191457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141191454
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (37 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 166.563 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Visitors call seldom at Blackwood House. Taking tea at the scene of a multiple poisoning, with a suspected murderess as one's host, is a perilous business. For a start, the talk tends to turn to arsenic. "It happened in this very room, and we still have our dinner in here every night," explains Uncle Julian, continually rehearsing the details of the fatal family meal. "My sister made these this morning," says Merricat, politely proffering a plate of rum cakes, fresh from the poisoner's kitchen. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel, is full of a macabre and sinister humor, and Merricat herself, its amiable narrator, is one of the great unhinged heroines of literature. "What place would be better for us than this?" she asks, of the neat, secluded realm she shares with her uncle and with her beloved older sister, Constance. "Who wants us, outside? The world is full of terrible people." Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic, burying talismanic objects beneath the family estate, nailing them to trees, ritually revisiting them. She has made "a powerful taut web which never loosened, but held fast to guard us" against the distrust and hostility of neighboring villagers.

Or so she believes. But at last the magic fails. A stranger arrives--cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune. He disturbs the sisters' careful habits, installing himself at the head of the family table, unearthing Merricat's treasures, talking privately to Constance about "normal lives" and "boy friends." Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods. The result is crisis and tragedy, the revelation of a terrible secret, the convergence of the villagers upon the house, and a spectacular unleashing of collective spite.

The sisters are propelled further into seclusion and solipsism, abandoning "time and the orderly pattern of our old days" in favor of an ever-narrowing circuit of ritual and shadow. They have themselves become talismans, to be alternately demonized and propitiated, darkly, with gifts. Jackson's novel emerges less as a study in eccentricity and more--like some of her other fictions--as a powerful critique of the anxious, ruthless processes involved in the maintenance of normality itself. "Poor strangers," says Merricat contentedly at last, studying trespassers from the darkness behind the barricaded Blackwood windows. "They have so much to be afraid of." --Sarah Waters -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Her greatest book ... at once whimsical and harrowing, a miniaturist's charmingly detailed fantasy sketched inside a mausoleum ... Through depths and depths and bloodwarm depths we fall, until the surface is only an eerie gleam high above, nearly forgotten; and the deeper we sink, the deeper we want to go (Donna Tartt)

An amazing writer (Neil Gaiman)

The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... She is a true master (A. M. Homes)

A masterpiece of Gothic suspense (Joyce Carol Oates)

For me, it is that unique and dreamlike book ... that stands as her masterpiece (Jonathan Lethem)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is Jackson's masterpiece ... Stunning (Elaine Showalter)

Manages the ironic miracle of convincing the reader that a house inhabited by a lunatic, a poisoner, and a pyromaniac is a world more rich in sympathy, love and subtlety than the world outside (Time)

A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty (The New York Times)

A marvellous elucidation of life ... a story full of craft and full of mystery (The New York Times Book Review)

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 22. Januar 1999
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WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is a book that walks through the walls of genre to a place that defies definition. 18-year old Merricat Blackwood lives with her sister Constance in an isolated house. Seven years before the Blackwood family was larger . . . until a dose of arsenic found its way into a bowl of sugar. Under constant cruel ridicule of the local villagers, the sisters manage to create an odd, eerie contentment, tending their gardens and caring for the surviving uncle Julian. But when their cousin Charles reappears, threatening to steal Constance from Merricat and break apart the happiness she has fought to built, Merricat decides that Charles must be a demon, and is determined to drive him away.
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5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Annika (oslowe@earthlink.net) am 26. Februar 1999
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He pressured me into reading this book. "No, no," I objected, "I know about this Shirley Jackson; she's the one writes those scary books. I'd like to sleep tonight, thank you." Finally I gave in and picked it up. I didn't put it down until I had read the last word, and then only for long enough to get a glass of apple juice and demand to know why there wasn't more of it. Two weeks later, as I was reading it for about the ninetieth time, he suggested perhaps I ought to get some sleep, or some fresh air, or at least, if it wasn't too much to ask, a different book. "Fine," I snarled, "I'll try this HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE." But that's another review, and I still haven't gotten around to why I loved this book so much. It's been said, I believe, that Shirley Jackson was incapable of writing a bad, or poor, sentence. More accurate, I think, would be to say that she cannot (could not) write an imperfect one. Every word of every sentence on every page of WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE drew me in, captivated me, and made it impossible for me to not believe everything I was reading. It was as if, while reading the words of Merricat Blackwood, I was her; her "madness", if that is the word for the way she thought, felt, and acted, consumed me and I thought as she did. I cannot imagine a more magical book, a more fascinating story. I urge you to read this book if you care one shred for literature. It is, truly, a masterpiece.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von John Short am 11. Juli 2000
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This is the best work from one of the best literary artists of all time. Shirley Jackson is a master story teller, her dark and forbidding works have given her a massive following. I reccomend all things from this under-appreciated author, she has an amazing range from the hilarious to the truly terrifying. This book is quite possibly her very best work and deserved to be read again and again.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Lauryn Angel am 10. Juni 2000
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This novel is even better than Jackson's more famous _The Haunting of Hill House_. This is a novel about madness, but until the middle of the book, you're not sure just which one of the Blackwood sisters is off her rocker. Which one of the sisters killed the rest of the Blackwood family, and why? The sisters seem content to live in Blackwood Manor, even though the entire town views them as freaks and murderesses, until cousin Charles shows up. Then the fun really begins!
What makes this novel turly creepy is the psychological disfunction of these two women. There are no supernatural influences here, as there were in _The Haunting of Hill House_; the antagonist is a person who simply cannot live in the real world, and has to create her own reality.
This novel is an especially good read for a stormy night. But be sure to finish it at one sitting, as it will be sure to haunt you afterwards.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 29. Juli 1998
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As an English major (aaggghh) who rates Middlemarch perhaps the greatest novel in English (so far), and as a bad girl, this is one of my top five favorites of all time. What is the quality that is unique that I am not seeing in other reviews? Is it the deliciously claustrophic, even Free-Masonic nature of the relationship between Merricat and her beloved, Olivia-De-Haviland-esque sister, Constance? The dark, sweet underside of human nature is comfortably exposed here. Closet types (of any kind) ar definitely invited. Merricat is every toddler you ever loved, grown up to be exactly what you feared. Better than chocolate.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 11. Oktober 1999
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It has all been said, this book is incredible, so I'd just like to take a moment to comment on the characters. I strongly disagree with a previous reviewer that Merricat and Constance are not believable characters. Merricat's thought process and magical view or the world (and homicidal fantasies) correspond almost exactly to my inner life as a child--however Merricat never grows out of that thought process. And I assure you I am not a fictional character.
In short, it's a book of incredible beauty and mystery and I especially recommend it to anyone who was ever an outcast.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Oliver Naujoks am 4. Juli 2000
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Short book, short review: This is a terrific read. Jackson is a master in creating well-drawn characters and a haunting and still beautiful atmosphere. I have to mention the beginning of this book, which I consider one of the best I have ever read. Just try this: Open the book and read the first paragraph. I don't think you will be able to stop reading. I dare you. There is magic at work here. It's a shame that Jackson's body of work is so small.
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