Review We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
Even the title of this treasure of a book gives you a hint of the style of writing that makes Shirley Jackson so wonderful. I had to look up and re-read The Lottery after reading this book (AND its introduction.) Her style is so conversational and easy and, yet … it makes the reader UNEASY! She assumes you know what she is telling you, like you are a friend, a confident. You understand.
Then she hits you upside the head! all matter-of-factly.
This was a delight to read because you must listen politely and wait it out. What is going on?! What happened? Why are these people living like this? Why do the villagers hate them so?
Mary Katherine aka Merricat, is the youngest daughter, living with her older sister and an elderly uncle. She narrates the story of how she came to live like she does. She has a very cool cat, too. This is all I can bring myself to tell you.
You’ll just have to pick up the book and find out.
For an EXCELLENT and more in-depth review, read Eva’s at A Striped Armchair.
Another great review that also references Eva’s and shares my issue with introductions, at least with this book, visit Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot.
My question to you: Do you read the introductions first? or wait until the end? I MUST WAIT until after I read the book. I hate introductions to spoil anything and they usually assume you I know more than I do already. I don’t mind reading them after. Montana 1948 had an introduction that enhances the story, but again; I had to read it after I read the novel.