The Book Report: The Sundial

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New books, old books. Books never stop coming. What’s new to your house this week?

The Book Report discusses a book I received, whether it was bought, borrowed, or given, why I got it, or why I’m excited about reading it.


The Sundial by Shirley Jackson 

 

Where Did It Come From? I ordered this book among others from Book Depository for myself for Christmas.

 

Why did I want it? I’ve read most of Shirley Jackson’s work but this one slipped past me. I saw it mentioned a couple of times over the last year. When I was deciding what to buy, I put this at the top of the list.

 

Describe the book within 140 characters. New owners of an old house are told the world is about to end. 

 

Pre-reading thoughts. I’m cautiously optimistic about The Sundial. The fact that I hadn’t heard of it until recently makes me wonder if it can stand up, at all, against her other great works.

10 comments:

  1. Ah, interesting addition to your collection! I just read The Haunting of Hill House this past year, and wasn't blown over by it. However, I'm still interested in trying more of Jackson's work, as she's so widely admired. Your 140 character description has me curious about this one. :)

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    1. I liked We Have Always Lived In the Castle more than Hill House. I hope this one is good.

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  2. I like the premise - hopefully the book is just as good.

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  3. Your 140-character synopsis has me intrigued. I will be waiting for this review now. No pressure or anything. :)

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  4. Oh, I like this feature. The book sounds good too. You know me. I have a thing for the end of the world.

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    1. I guess I'll have to see if the world really ends. :)

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  5. I got so excited when I saw this post pop up in my reader! I really love The Sundial, and I want more people to have read it! Shirley Jackson is justly most famous for The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and The Sundial isn't to that standard. But so far it's the best of her "lesser" works. It's creepy and claustrophic and surprisingly funny.

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