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The Sundial (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition
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—Pensacola News Journal
"The Sundial is entertaining, absorbing and disturbing."
About the Author
She is best known for her dystopian short story, "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown America. In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" was published in the June 28, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that "no New Yorker story had ever received." Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, "bewilderment, speculation and old-fashioned abuse." --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00DMCW1GO
- Publisher : Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (January 28, 2014)
- Publication date : January 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2043 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 241 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,642 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although the family has a mixed reaction to Fanny’s vision, Orianna rescinds her eviction notices, and as the novel progresses she brings in four more women and another man to round out the survival party. The final group consists of nine women and three men, one man an invalid, the other two distinctly virile. Aunt Fanny’s visions of her late father continue, and through sessions of mirror-gazing the group becomes convinced that the end of the world is indeed at hand. As the date approaches, Orianna tightens her authority, making it clear that she, and only she, will rule over the survivors.
Jackson always has a wicked sense of humor, and this novel presents it in a particularly extreme way: the way the characters interact and speak to each other is often jaw-dropping, and laughter is the only possible response. Jackson was also famous for creating tensions and then refusing to resolve them—readers are usually much more disturbed by what she implies than anything she actively describes—and THE SUNDIAL is no exception, a work that begins and ends with suspicious deaths that are never fully explained and which concludes in a very open-ended way. But in this instance, Jackson’s refusal to explain will exceed the tolerance of most readers. I think THE SUNDIAL is so open-ended that it will leave most readers with a sense of annoyance, with the feeling that Jackson has taken you upstairs and then suddenly left you there to find your way out on your own. If you’ve never read her works, begin with THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED AT THE CASTLE, and then, you are interested in their antecedents, back up to read THE SUNDIAL. But don’t begin with it.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
In Memory of Rick Amos