In my post, Blogging with teens, I discussed having my students blog their book reviews. This is an impressive example by one of my students, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
A pitfall of the typical mystery novel: all story, no characterization. The pages turn, the plot thickens, the murder is solved! But the characters fall to the side—flat, two-dimensional, crime-solving machines.
We Have Always Lived in the Castledoes no such thing.
Shirley Jackson allows a unique insight into the mind of her narrator, the eccentric, skittish, wonderfully enigmatic Mary Katherine Blackwood (Merricat for short). No holds barred, she delves deep in to the subconscious of her character’s brain and in the process exposes a raw, delightfully truthful window into the disturbed human psyche.
But don’t worry—Jackson does not leave the story lacking. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is not a typical mystery. There is no cut-and-dry murder to be solved or twist to be found or criminal to jail. Everything is much muddier and…
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