Raising Demons Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1959
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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.