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The Sundial (Penguin Classics) Paperback – January 28, 2014
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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.
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"The Sundial is entertaining, absorbing and disturbing."
About the Author
Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, the novel Big Machine, and several other works of fiction. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the PEN/Open Book Award, he lives in Queens, New York.
- Publisher : Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (January 28, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143107062
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143107064
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.61 x 7.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #300,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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