We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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Shirley Jackson's deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family takes readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, macabre humor, and gothic atmosphere. Six years after four family members died suspiciously of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and eighteen-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune—and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret. 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 normalcy itself.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781481553643
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 33 min.)) : digital.
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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 21, 2018

A chilling recording of the classic novel 'We Have Always Lived In The Castle' by Shirley Jackson.

Oct 02, 2017

Merricat is an amazing character and Bernadette Dunne is an amazing reader!

Oct 09, 2014

A fun story: creepy, unreliable narrator, uncertain characters.
Merricat Blackwood narrates the story of her family in a small, gossipy town. There's lots of mental issues throughout: Merricat is ritualistic & perhaps OCD; Constance can't leave the gardens of the house.
A fun read, with truly gothic tones. This has the makings of a good creepy Halloween movie.

Listened to this again in July 2018: A really great story. It's gothic, intriguing, unreliable and I really enjoy the characters of Merricat, Constance and Uncle Julian. This story gets better upon retelling.

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