Raising Demons Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In the long-out-of-print sequel to Life Among the Savages, Jackson's four children have grown from savages into full-fledged demons.
After bursting the seams of their first house, Jackson's clan moves into a larger home. Of course the chaos simply moves with them. A confrontation with the IRS, Little League, trumpet lessons, and enough clutter to bury her alive - Jackson spins them all into an indelible reminder that every bit as thrilling as a murderous family in a haunted house is a happy family in a new home.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 41 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 01, 2015|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
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#145,626 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#576 in Biographies of Authors
#1,514 in Biographies of Women
#4,867 in Author Biographies
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Shirley's observant eye for humor in everyday life shines brilliantly, with simple prose that feels homey and familiar. You love her, her children and all the characters involved. Best of all, she isn't afraid to poke fun at herself. The bit about the birthday card is a knee-slapping good time. When the book ends, you want to cry because these people have become so important in your life that you can't imagine not hearing about the next story, the next hilarious good time.
Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons are so distinctly different from Jackson's most famous works (Hill House, Castle, The Lottery) in terms of genre that one cannot help imagine what vast bibliography Shirley Jackson could have written had she not been taken from the world so soon. Nevertheless, she accomplished more than any writer could hope for in her handful of brilliant novels, short stories and memoirs. This one should not be missed.
Having said that though, this is a great book. It is funny. It reflects life of a mother who is trying to live within a budget, manage a family of kids and a husband and a personal life. There were many times that I was able to nod my head up and down in agreement. There were times I chuckled and laughed as I saw myself in the same position. I was able to appreciate the stories of her children changing their names and only responding if you also spoke to their imaginary friends and so on.
The author writes about what she knows- family life, daily life, mothering, being sick, the refrigerator going out, science experiments and so on. But she does it with humor, a dash of vinegar and it is well worth reading her books.
Many of these chapters you may have read in short story collections or if you are older in ladies magazines. Together as a whole though is so much more enjoyable and coherent.
A great fun read.
I came across this book and thought I’d give it a try. It’s very different but so pleasant to read. It is an interesting glimpse into a bygone era. It’s a little like ‘Please Don’t Eat the Daisies’ meets Erma Bombeck. It’s a delightful read.
This is one of two volumes of anecdotes about her home life and they are often hilarious, always interesting glimpse into ericam recent history.
Top reviews from other countries
Shirley Jackson writes beautifully with a very subtle sarcasm, especially towards her husband, who is unnamed throughout the book and simply referred to as "my husband"
But the books is not broken down into manageable chapters, just four very long sections and does become tedious. At first the children's dialogues are sweet and funny but become tiresome and annoying as do the far too long passages about the cats and dogs and ball games.
This is a great pity because when she is just airing her frustrated feelings about being an unappreciated wife and mother, it's wonderful
Definitely worth a read