Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jackson's stunningly creepy fourth novel, "The Sundial." When the Halloran clan ...Show synopsisBefore there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jackson's stunningly creepy fourth novel, "The Sundial." 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.Hide synopsis
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This book is out of print, and I don't understand why. Maybe Shirley Jackson was just a little bit ahead of her time.
This story follows a group of "one percent"-ers who shut themselves up in a mansion on a walled estate, believing that the world is going to end and that they alone will be spared.
Told with a sense of humor and with memorable characters, there's something for everyone in this tale that combines elements of the supernatural with zany characters, perhaps a murder or two, and a serious theme that supports the whole crazy edifice.
This book is an intriguing intellectual puzzle. In our lives we are faced with Time and Predestination and all those metaphysical vagaries as challenges to our perception. Shirley Jackson's insight into human nature has given us a sublime human comdedy whose nuances and implications I am still exploring.
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