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E family is engulfed in fear violence and madness For Aunt Fanny's long dead father has given her the precise date of the final catacly Collected in Let Me Tell You New Stories Essays and Other Writings is a lecture titled About the End of the World In it Jackson explains how she came to write this novel Casting around for a topic she reread her earlier pre 1958 novels and discovered they all included a wall surrounding some forbidden lovely secret and in this wall a gate that cannot be passed She also realized she never got past the gate and inside the wall so decided to start writing from inside the wall The result was The SundialI was surprised at how funny this novel is Some of it is satirical but all the humor arises naturally from the characters their situation and the dialogue While reading Jackson s nonfiction works especially those about her family I ve chuckled out loud but never during one of her novels before and this is the last one I had left to read I m not much for comic novels but this is not jaunty in tone At one point I was reminded of Brave New World though I m not sure why at other points I was reminded of The Golden Bough and I do know why The only jarring note for our time are spinster type ladies enjoying rumors of rape fantasiesJackson ends her lecture by saying Nothing I have written has ever given me so much pleasure Within the pages of the novel her pleasure is obvious and that pleasure becomes the reader s It s a work unlike any of her others and I ve read them all Normally I d feel sad upon finishing all the published works by an author I love but I think I m going to reread her first three novels read so long ago I barely remember them And I ll be aware of those gated walls she couldn t pass through until she wrote her way into this one Whispers of Feathers precise date of the final catacly Collected in Let Me Tell You New Stories Essays and Other Writings is a lecture titled About the End of the World In it Jackson explains how she came to write this novel Casting around for a topic she reread her earlier Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal pre 1958 novels and discovered they all included a wall surrounding some forbidden lovely secret and in this wall a gate that cannot be Entrepreneurial Vernacular passed She also realized she never got Advanced C Programming by Example past the gate and inside the wall so decided to start writing from inside the wall The result was The SundialI was surprised at how funny this novel is Some of it is satirical but all the humor arises naturally from the characters their situation and the dialogue While reading Jackson s nonfiction works especially those about her family I ve chuckled out loud but never during one of her novels before and this is the last one I had left to read I m not much for comic novels but this is not jaunty in tone At one Poslije svega (After, point I was reminded of Brave New World though I m not sure why at other Die Herrenschneiderei points I was reminded of The Golden Bough and I do know why The only jarring note for our time are spinster type ladies enjoying rumors of rape fantasiesJackson ends her lecture by saying Nothing I have written has ever given me so much Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling pleasure Within the Cities of God pages of the novel her Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone pleasure becomes the reader s It s a work unlike any of her others and I ve read them all Normally I d feel sad upon finishing all the Pretend God Is Deaf published works by an author I love but I think I m going to reread her first three novels read so long ago I barely remember them And I ll be aware of those gated walls she couldn t Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide pass through until she wrote her way into this one

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The Sundial

Aunt Fanny knows when the world will endAunt Fanny has always been somewhat peculiar No one is surprised that while the Halloran clan g This book is such a wicked pleasure I give it four stars only to distinguish it from We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House which are really the pinnacle of Shirley Jackson s art But the elements are all here in The Sundial the old house the sense of decay and doom family legends oddball characters the blurring of reality and magic and a comedy of manners so black and biting that it makes you wince with pleasure and pain The novel opens with a family returning to its estate after the funeral of Lionel Halloran the heir to the fortune who was pushed down the stairs by his own mother The first words uttered by the mother It s over Mrs Halloran said And then to her husband the young man s father He s gone Richard she said Everything went off beautifullyOuch Soon one of the family gets a vision of the world ending and the rest of the novel is spent busily preparing for this monumental happening all lorded over by Mrs Halloran who grows into the role of leader of this small band of expected survivors It s all so witty and dark and then the end which I won t reveal serves to deepen the entire work as in a way it circles back to its sad beginning So while all the elements didn t come together uite as seamlessly as in We Have Always Lived in the Castle or The Haunting of Hill House this is still a magnificent work and one that I will no doubt re read with pleasure

review The Sundial

Athers at the crumbling old mansion for a funeral she wanders off to the secret garden But when she reports the vision she had there th this is among my favourite novels every time i read it i am just as struck by its harmonious discord as i was the first time this story is to me a perversely uneven amalgam of apocalypse drawing room comedy and creepy gothic haunted house tale i think i only like the book for the fact that the pieces don t uite fit together and the scene that scares me the most isn t the one i d expect though there are several claustrophobic and uncomfortable moments in the sundial and i always smile at the dialogue in this novel for me some of shirley s wittiest writing it almost feels like oscar wilde briefly inhabited her mind when she wrote this book because the characters are so pert and alive that even when they are cruel or shallow or stupid i am fond of them the drunk villagers are a joy each time and i am as foolishly in love with essex as ever i was though i know he is a cadpeople i have loaned it to never seem to like this book as much as i do perhaps it is because i am a crooked and misbegotten as it is several found fault with the ending which makes me perfectly content the ending they want i think would have to be a whole other book i find everything i want in a book here poetry and confusion loneliness and fear and the waiting for something bigger than yourself so that you don t have to think about yourself or what the point is any thank you shirley for leaving me stories that understand me so well


10 thoughts on “The Sundial

  1. says:

    In Stephen King's novel 112263 a man named Jake Epping finds a portal that allows him to travel to 1958 To be specific it transports him to September 9 1958 1158am And no matter how many times Jake goes into the portal and emerges back into the present day it is always 1958 when he returns Once Jake commits to entering into the portal for good he adjusts to life in 1958 and prefers it He can't uite get over how much better the fo

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    Like a sort of compassionate Oscar Wilde this romp among the tombstones all types of Gothic macabre can be experienced like a full out play There is an impressive group of characters eh automatons and enough lines of dialogue to tickle anyone's fancy This is the third Jackson novel I've delved into; the third novel deserving a 5 star rating Jackson is the uintessential lost and found writer the fountainhead of so much of the stuff the gen

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    This book is such a wicked pleasure I give it four stars only to distinguish it from We Have Always Lived in the Castle an

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    WHEN SHALL WE LIVE IF NOT NOWShirley Jackson is a wonderfully weird sister a witchy woman with wicked powers and wry sense of humour The Sundial a lesser known precursor to The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a nasty indulgence well worth reading It features many characters none of them particularly sympathetic who find themselves in the Halloran Mansion and who are convinced

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    this is among my favourite novels every time i read it i am just as struck by its harmonious discord as i was the first time this story is to me a perversely uneven amalgam of apocalypse drawing room comedy and creepy gothic haunted

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    Shirley Jackson writes seriously weird fiction I used to think of her as a horror writer after reading The Lottery and reading about The Haunting of Hill House umpteen number of times I have still not been able to lay my hands on the book However We Have Always Lived in the Castle convinced me that her literary talents were much above that of the run of the mill horror writer the book under discussion has st

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    ★★★★✰ 4 stars “I mean why should I figure I’m so special the world is going to end while I’m around”In The Sundial perhaps Shirley Jackson’s most comical novel twelve rather disagreeable individuals are cooped together in a mansion waiting for the end of the world“The house would be guarded during the night of destruction and at its end they would emerge safe and pure They were charged with the future of hu

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    “The sight of one's own heart is degrading; people are not meant to look inward—that's why they've been given bodies to hide their

  9. says:

    Collected in Let Me Tell You New Stories Essays and Other Writings is a lecture titled “About the End of the World” In it Jackson explains how she came to write this novel Casting around for a topic she reread her earlier pre 1958 novels and discovered they all included a wall surrounding some forbidden lovely secret and in this wall a gate that cannot be passed She also realized she never got past the gate and in

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    Shirley Jackson was such a kooky genius Emphasis on genius Also emphasis on kooky I'm learning that there is a whole world of Shirleyana beyond that one story which shall remain nameless because everyone read it in high schoolThe premise of this one is simple but also highly bizarre A wealthy family plus assorted hangers on waits around in a big old house for what they believe to be the imminent apocalypse Most of the family members are

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