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The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) (Kindle) (1959 original; edició 2006)

de Shirley Jackson (Autor)

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The four visitors at Hill House-- some there for knowledge, others for adventure-- are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
Membre:MandaReads
Títol:The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) (Kindle)
Autors:Shirley Jackson (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Classics (2006), Edition: 1, 242 pages
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La maledicció de Hill House de Shirley Jackson (1959)

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    The Turn of the Screw de Henry James (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both have an unreliable narrator, which results in an ambiguous story.
  2. 120
    The Little Stranger de Sarah Waters (alalba)
  3. 81
    The Woman in Black de Susan Hill (Copperskye, Jannes)
    Jannes: Not sure if it is a coincidence, but the two perhaps best ghost stories ever written are both by women, in a genre otherwise mostly dominated by men. Both are superb explorations of death, loss, fear, and all those other elementsthat make up the good supernatural tales.… (més)
  4. 70
    White is for Witching de Helen Oyeyemi (upstairsgirl, sturlington)
    upstairsgirl: Similar in premise, less subtle but more disturbing in execution.
    sturlington: Hill House clearly inspired White Is for Witching.
  5. 40
    The Red Tree de Caitlín R. Kiernan (blacksylph)
  6. 41
    Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories de Roald Dahl (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Dahl's is the best collection of ghost stories available, and Jackson's is the best haunted house story of all time. I think they make a nice pair (as the bishop said to the chorus girl.)
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    The Unseen de Alexandra Sokoloff (amyblue)
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    The House Next Door de Anne Rivers Siddons (andomck)
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    Hell House de Richard Matheson (sturlington)
    sturlington: Inspired by The Haunting of Hill House.
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    La casa de hojas de Mark Z. Danielewski (blacksylph)
    blacksylph: The only haunted house story I've ever read that was scarier than this book.
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    Horrorstör de Grady Hendrix (andomck)
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    Wild Fell (A Ghost Story) de Michael Rowe (ShelfMonkey)
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    Wish Her Safe at Home de Stephen Benatar (agmlll)
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    The Hellbound Heart de Clive Barker (andomck)
    andomck: Both are haunted house stories at their core
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    Carrie de Stephen King (artturnerjr, akblanchard)
    artturnerjr: Clearly influenced by The Haunting of Hill House, as is much of King's work.
    akblanchard: Carrie White has much in common with Jackson's shy, bullied heroine Eleanor Vance.
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    kraaivrouw: Look here for Stephen King's take on The Haunting of Hill House.
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This is not a horror story... its ... ambiguous that was the word i was looking for.
It lurches strangely from almost teen drama (i don't know why all the characters act like their 15) to supernatural tale, to supernatural parody, to psychological drama, its a mess. There's also a lot of conversations which are kind of hard to unravel, with statements and gestures the meaning of which is vague at best.
And yet despite all that confusion or possibly because of it, the story still works brilliantly.... somehow. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Classic Psychological Suspense

Is Hill House haunted or is the haunting only in the minds of the visitors, particularly Eleanor Vance? Answering this question is personal and depends upon how open you are to the existence of the supernatural. And this is what makes the novel such a powerful ghostly suspense novel and has kept it a favorite of readers since its publication in 1959, not to mention of filmmakers who have brought it to the big and little screen and stage several times. Strange things do seem to happen in Hill House, and the house itself is creepy and weirdly constructed, but readers can never be entirely sure if the scares have any basis in reality.

Dr. John Montague investigates the supernatural and hopes to be able to document unexplainable manifestations. His best new hope is Hill House. To accomplish this, he solicits several candidates to join him at the house, people he believes possess some degree of psychic sensitivity. Only three accept his invitation, and one, Luke Sanderson, because the owner insists on having a relative participate. The other two are Eleanor Vance, homebound, living with her sister’s family, unworldly, and exceedingly insecure, and Theodora, independent, an artist who uses only one name, and quite worldly.

While a third-person novel, Jackson tells the story from Eleanor’s perspective, so we readers experience the house and the happenings in it through her eyes and her neuroticism. Because of this, we can never truly be certain that any of the things, like Theodora’s bloodied and destroyed clothes and the etherial garden party, actually occurred or where imaginings of Eleanor, even when we are led to believe others have seen them. Then there is the real-life fact that the house proves psychologically too much for Eleanor in that it challenges her ability to distinguish real from unreal while seducing her into evaluating pretty much everything she does in the house, how she thinks others view her, how she should act with them, and what her life has been like over her thirty-two years. And readers already know how susceptible to mixing reality and imagination she is having taken the drive beside her from her home to Hill House at the opening of the novel. So, the end, while shocking, comes as no surprise, because Eleanor has finally convinced herself that her true home is in Hill House, and she can never leave it.

While dark from the very outset, Jackson does lightened things up with the housekeeper, Mrs. Dudley, whose laconic stoicism elicits both unease and smiles, while imperious Mrs. Montague and her companion Arthur add a dash of ironical humor as the two who believe themselves to be true spirit communicators. But the novel is really a one-woman show featuring, depending on your viewpoint, either Eleanor’s descent into madness or her spiritual merging with Hill House, or maybe both. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Classic Psychological Suspense

Is Hill House haunted or is the haunting only in the minds of the visitors, particularly Eleanor Vance? Answering this question is personal and depends upon how open you are to the existence of the supernatural. And this is what makes the novel such a powerful ghostly suspense novel and has kept it a favorite of readers since its publication in 1959, not to mention of filmmakers who have brought it to the big and little screen and stage several times. Strange things do seem to happen in Hill House, and the house itself is creepy and weirdly constructed, but readers can never be entirely sure if the scares have any basis in reality.

Dr. John Montague investigates the supernatural and hopes to be able to document unexplainable manifestations. His best new hope is Hill House. To accomplish this, he solicits several candidates to join him at the house, people he believes possess some degree of psychic sensitivity. Only three accept his invitation, and one, Luke Sanderson, because the owner insists on having a relative participate. The other two are Eleanor Vance, homebound, living with her sister’s family, unworldly, and exceedingly insecure, and Theodora, independent, an artist who uses only one name, and quite worldly.

While a third-person novel, Jackson tells the story from Eleanor’s perspective, so we readers experience the house and the happenings in it through her eyes and her neuroticism. Because of this, we can never truly be certain that any of the things, like Theodora’s bloodied and destroyed clothes and the etherial garden party, actually occurred or where imaginings of Eleanor, even when we are led to believe others have seen them. Then there is the real-life fact that the house proves psychologically too much for Eleanor in that it challenges her ability to distinguish real from unreal while seducing her into evaluating pretty much everything she does in the house, how she thinks others view her, how she should act with them, and what her life has been like over her thirty-two years. And readers already know how susceptible to mixing reality and imagination she is having taken the drive beside her from her home to Hill House at the opening of the novel. So, the end, while shocking, comes as no surprise, because Eleanor has finally convinced herself that her true home is in Hill House, and she can never leave it.

While dark from the very outset, Jackson does lightened things up with the housekeeper, Mrs. Dudley, whose laconic stoicism elicits both unease and smiles, while imperious Mrs. Montague and her companion Arthur add a dash of ironical humor as the two who believe themselves to be true spirit communicators. But the novel is really a one-woman show featuring, depending on your viewpoint, either Eleanor’s descent into madness or her spiritual merging with Hill House, or maybe both. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Wow! The Haunting of Hill House is one of those books that I'd heard so much about that I was almost preparing to be disappointed when I finally got round to reading it. But I'm so pleased that it exceeded my expectations in every way - it's a masterclass in horror writing and shows just how finely balanced setting and character psychology need to be for a truly scary story.

I particularly loved the early descriptions of Hill House, and then the way in which we get to know each character (well, as much as we can ever know them in a horror novel). I loved the way Eleanor is presented - she's the protagonist we should be rooting for, but this becomes muddied as the house takes hold of its inhabitants.

I'm looking forward to lapping up Jackson's other works; other than the 'The Lottery', I hadn't read anything else of hers before Hill House. What a lovely prospect! ( )
  mooingzelda | Oct 12, 2021 |
The Haunting of Hill House: Did I miss the window?

I think that this book may need to be recategorized from Psychological Horror to another more relevant genre like 20th Century Gender History et al. Explanation below:

First- total props out to the creators of ground breaking media. There is so much of it that whether through innundation or generational constraints, we can never get to everything we want at the time of optimal relevance.

In the last couple years, I finally got around to watching Twin Peaks. While I could see how it was innovative at the time of release, being late to the boat by 25 years I had experienced a great deal of the cinema that was influenced by it and which had taken it steps further. It was interesting to see, but it was a bit like watching a familiar old dog sleep on the couch.

Reading the Haunting of Hill House 60 years after it’s release was similar in that I have experienced a great deal of referencial work. I can understand the build up and time appropriate horror this would have provided. Did I miss the window for enjoyment as a horror novel? I found the suspense of the book to be slow, taking far too long for such a short work to find it’s thematic legs. The scares were minimal and underplayed. The ‘horror’ was arguably tedious.

What I found far more fascinating was the mystery of characters. With loosely guised Lesbianism and a strong undercurrent of mental illness, the frequent character roleplaying at princess and gentleman were even more poignant.

Enjoyable! But not for the reasons I picked it up.
 ( )
  Toast.x2 | Sep 23, 2021 |
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Jackson, Shirleyautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Buckley, PaulDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dowers, ShonnaDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dunne, BernadetteNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Edelfeldt, IngerTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gervais, StephenIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
King, StephenIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Miller, LauraIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Palmer, ÓscarTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pareschi, MonicaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more.
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She could not remember ever being truly happy in her adult life; her years with her mother had been built up devotedly around small guilts and small reproaches, constant weariness, and unending despair. Without ever wanting to become reserved and shy, she had spent so long alone, with no one to love, that it was difficult for her to talk, even casually, to another person without self-consciousness and an awkward inability to find words. (chapter 1)
The house was vile. She shivered and thought, the words coming freely into her mind, Hill House is vile, it is diseased; get away from here at once. (chapter 1)
When they were silent for a moment the quiet weight of the house pressed down from all around them.
We have grown to trust blindly in our senses of balance and reason and I can see where the mind might fight wildly to preserve its own familiar stable patterns against all evidence that it was leaning sideways. (Dr. Montague, chapter 4)
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