Updated: Jan 26
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It is the American Gothic novel for our age, supremely relevant to modern social issues. Shirley Jackson constructs a fragile lattice of caste conflict between the old wealth of the Blackwood family and the townspeople. With a little sister's love of stasis, it comes as no surprise that the perfect older sister's name is Constance. When it’s all over you will leave … chilled.
Dusty Words's Recommendation
It takes extremely strong convictions for nearly the entirety of a town’s people to decide to torment a well-known, neighboring family. Similarly, one has to be quite convinced before they poison that family at dinner. Throughout this novella, especially because of the narrator’s antics, I found myself wondering: ‘is delusion—the cause of love, murder, and torment—the rule or exception in this story?’ The characters themselves seem to be on the edge of answering this question for themselves and I think you’ll enjoy their teetering.
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