We have always lived in the castle

146 pages

English language

Published Jan. 8, 2006

ISBN:
9780143039976

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4 stars (19 reviews)

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead...

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The Unease Never Leaves

3 stars

The reader finds themself taking part in the perplexing day-to-day lives of the remaining Blackwood family through the puzzling eyes of Miss "Merricat" Blackwood. This world has you always feeling that something is not quite right; from the villagers, to the Blackwood family, and the settings themselves, the lurking unease never leaves. This work is beautifully crafted but, upon finishing, I was left wondering why I had ever picked it up to begin with. (3.5/5)

Review of 'We have always lived in the castle' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Schwer über das Buch zu reden, ohne gleich alles zu verraten; ich verrate ungefähr dreiviertel, damit ich drüber berichten kann, also Spoiler ahead.

Ich frage mich, wie es in den Sechzigern gewesen sein muss, als dieses Buch herauskam. Aber auch für mich 2020 ist es erfrischend, Bücher zu lesen, die so sehr von ihren Frauen leben, die gleich zu Beginn als komplex und interessant vorgestellt werden. Die Hauptperson, Mary Katherine oder ,,Merricat"wie ihre Schwester sie nennt, läuft von Angst und Hass beseelt in der Stadt einkaufen und wünscht allen den Tod. Erst nach und nach wird aufgedeckt, warum auch die halbe Kleinstadt sie und ihre Familie nicht mag. Die Art, wie sie in der Stadt unterwegs ist, erinnert mich an durch Trauma ausgelöste Anxiety, alles wird auf Warnsignale abgescannt, sie, ein Onkel und ihre Schwester Constance leben in ihrem Zuhause wie in einer Zuflucht, ihre Schwester vor allem traut sich …

Review of 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I started reading this book nearly three months ago, and I don't know exactly why it took me so long to finish it. Other graphic novels came and went, and I read a chapter of WHALITC here and there, but I finished the last 40 pages in one sitting at breakneck pace. Usually, after finishing a book that took me a long time to read for no real reason at all, I end up feeling a bit bummed that I got so distracted. But, with WHALITC, I felt that reading at a not-so-typical pace added so much to the story. The characters still stuck out in my mind, and I could pick up right where I left off in this jarring story.



With other stories like We Need To Talk About Kevin, Room, and even movies like the VVitch, I felt like I was watching or reading something that I …

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