Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle


Book Review of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson | The 1000th Voice Blog

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
By Shirley Jackson

Have you ever read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery? I haven’t, but in high school an oral interp team mate read it as her performance. I must have watched her performance a couple dozen times that season, and I was always fascinated by how creepy it was, how horrible the situation was and how it was just accepted as normal by the town’s residents. This is my first experience with Shirley Jackson since then. While I found this one creepy, it’s not on par with The Lottery. 


Uncle Julian was, in my opinion, the most quotable.

“‘He is a bastard.’
‘Uncle Julian-‘
‘In a purely metaphorical sense, I assure you. Both my brothers married women of very strong will. That is merely a word used–among men, my dear, I apologize for submitting you to such a word–to categorize an undesirable fellow.'”

“‘He was a man very fond of his person,’ Uncle Julian said. ‘Given to adorning himself, and not overly clean.'”


Writing 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jackson has an interesting writing styling. This story wasn’t as compelling as The Lottery, but still good.

Character Development 4 out of 5 stars

The characters Jackson created in this story were very creepy and quite well developed. Merikat’s behavior kept me wondering through the entire story. Why did she behave the way she did? Mental illness? I don’t know for sure, but she was a well-developed character.

Plot Structure 3 out of 5 stars

This novella moved along at a nice pace with an interesting development towards the end.

Storytelling 4 out of 5 stars

There’s no doubt about it, Jackson is an interesting storyteller.

Total 3.625 stars

Have you read The Castle or any of Jackson’s other stories? What did you think?

Halloween 2013 The 1000th Voice Blog

Weekly Reads: 10.21.2013

in which I share my planned reading for the week ahead

Without any preliminary chit chat, I need to say one thing, “Oh. Em Gee.” I’m 50 pages from the end of Rebecca, and I’m loving it.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier | Weekly Reads | The 1000th Voice blog

By Daphne du Maurier

Once I finish this (tonight or tomorrow), I’ll start

We Have Always Live in the Castle by Shirley Jackson | Weekly Reads | The 1000th Voice Blog

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
By Shirley Jackson

**Linked up with Book Journey**

What are you reading this week? Is the season inspiring your choice of books?

Book Chat: 10.1.2013

It’s October! I’m very excited about the many great things this month has to offer: my 5th wedding anniversary, my birthday, Halloween, Practical Magic on TV, the Twin Cities Book Festival and my gothic horror/suspense/general creepy reads!

Halloween Reads at The 1000th Voice BlogI’m not a fan of today’s torture porn horror movies. There’s nothing appealing to me in the terror that is someone being tortured. So that’s why I gravitate towards creepy rather than all-out-terrifying. (And probably why Practical Magic is one of my favorite things about October!)

As you know, I’m already reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. Up next will be Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

I have some fun Dracula- and literature-related Halloween posts planned. I hope you join me!

Do you enjoy extremely terrifying books or movies? What’s your favorite gothic horror, suspense or just plain creepy read?

Check out my review of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein costume ideas and some scary books to read from last year.