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The Sundial (Penguin Classics) (1958 original; edició 2014)

de Shirley Jackson (Autor), Victor LaValle (Pròleg)

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Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jackson's stunningly creepy fourth novel, The Sundial When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.… (més)
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Títol:The Sundial (Penguin Classics)
Autors:Shirley Jackson (Autor)
Altres autors:Victor LaValle (Pròleg)
Informació:Penguin Classics (2014), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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Before I review The Sundial, I would just like to say that Shirley Jackson is an awesome writer. I have read several other of her novels, one of her memoirs, and a number of her short stories. My assessment is that she generally rocks. So, why couldn’t I love The Sundial? Perhaps Jackson was trying to do too much in this novel, and thus left me with a sense of being a little befuddled about what I was meant to glean or to think.

The story opens with the funeral of the head of a family that owns the “big house” in the town. There is a very strong hint that this is murder and that Lionel, the man in question, was pushed to his death, perhaps by his own mother. Pretty intriguing, but not the story really, because that aspect is dropped and we are off to pursue the end of the world, which Lionel’s Aunt Fanny informs the others is imminent. The rest of the novel is spent basically in preparation for this event, with a cast of characters that read more like caricatures. Of course, the end of the world will not include them, they will be the survivors in what will be a utopia after everyone else is gone.

The sundial in question is located on the grounds of the mansion and is used symbolically in several instances in the story, but, again never really gelled as a centerpoint for me. There is a precocious little girl who seems to understand, as the adults do not, that even if they make it to the other side of the cataclysm, they will find their miserable selves there and likely be no happier than they are in the world they already inhabit. There is an odd parallel between a doll house and an attic that begged me to see more, but in the end I didn’t.

There were moments of keen interest in the novel, when it seemed very much like it was going somewhere; there were moments when I felt Jackson making statements about the nature of things and people that bordered on profound, but for the most part the novel had no gel and it just fell apart. The end was just bizarre.

Sometimes I think I am just getting old and don’t want to work this hard to reach the meaning of things. I tried taking it at face value, but then it seemed just a bit too silly and vapid, farcical and funny at some level, but not nearly as clever as a Jonathan Swift or Oscar Wilde. It’s Shirley Jackson, so you might well read it, love it, and find it has depths I missed, but for now, I am closing the book and hoping the next book I pick up by a great writer is a great book.
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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
I think Jackson's at her best when she has a single strong perspective character, which this book didn't have, but this worked well as an ensemble piece, and it was still weird and fascinating and funny and upsetting, classic Jackson. The most interesting take on the apocalypse that I've ever read, I think.

Also, I know I don't actually want it, but damn I need the next 10 pages after the end of the book, please. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
What a weird, dark, funny, vicious book. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
What a strange book, but then again, I expect nothing less than the unusual from Shirley Jackson.

Soon after the funeral of her nephew, the slightly dotty Aunt Fanny has a vision from her late father, warning her of the end of the world, and how she and the family may survive.

I was worried after I read some reviews about the overabundance of main characters and the piecemeal narrative, but don't pay any attention to that. There may not be as powerful a central voice as Merricat Blackwood or Eleanor here, but the Halloran's and their, for lack of better words, friends, are perfect for this story. Since this is Shirley Jackson, there's room to doubt anything supernatural going on at all, even while Jackson also, brilliantly, makes that distinction not matter at all because of how much the characters themselves believe in it.

This book works more as an unsettling satire or comedy than as "horror" as my restless need to categorize books and authors currently labels it. 'The Sundial' has the funniest and most witty writing that I've read of Jackson's outside of her family stories. And then, just like when the villager's in 'The Lottery' begin picking up stones, it can get ugly and tense in only a few words.

I love this book and how there is so much going on under and above the surface, the dubious relationships, the little vignettes, the long vignettes (including a mirror case to Lizzie Borden no less)...I just know with this one, even more so than her other works, that my appreciation of this is going to grow. ( )
1 vota ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Printed Letterpress at The Arion Press, San Francisco.
Illustrated and signed by Miles Hyman.
214/300 copies.
Mouldmade watermarked Zerkall book paper.
Bound in full orange cloth. ( )
  Drfreddy94 | May 19, 2018 |
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The question of belief is a curious one, partaking of the wonders of childhood and the blind hopefulness of the very old; in all the world there is not someone who does not believe something. It might be suggested, and not easily disproven that anything, no matter how exotic, can be believed by someone. On the other hand, abstract belief is largely impossible; it is the concrete, the actuality of the cup, the candle, the sacrificial stone, which hardens belief; the statue is nothing until it cries, the philosophy is nothing until the philosopher is martyred.
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Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jackson's stunningly creepy fourth novel, The Sundial When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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