The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Modern Classics)


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It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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Klantrecensies Er zijn nog geen klantenrecensies. Deel je gedachten met andere klanten. Nuttigste klantenrecensies op Amazon. For reasons which pass understanding, I had never read this book before now. This, in spite of having been a huge fan of the film the version, not the awful 90s remake since I was eleven years old. I guess it just felt as if I had, since I was so familiar with the movie. Yes, of course there are differences, but predictable ones like cutting for length.

After all, films are able to tell us more in less time than a book can. The characters are fairly consistent with the novel save for the doctor's wife who is, if anything, worse than her film version.

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The relationships are not precisely the same, but the spirit of those relationships and what they mean to the characters are true to those in the book. And that, more than anything makes The Haunting of Hill House one of the most unsettling things I've ever read. But it's not throat-clutching horror, or jump-out-of-your-skin horror. Rather, it's a slow and even sad progress of the death of hope in the face of something overwhelming.

The horror is that no matter the source, nothing can stop it. And for my money, Shirley Jackson is one of the greatest horror writers ever.

It's been a long time since a book genuinely scared me, and in my search to find one that can, this title seems to keep popping up, so I decided to give it a try. Hailed by many horror authors as the scariest book of all time, it perhaps has wound up with a reputation it can't possibly live up to, and at least on that front, for me, it doesn't. There are some genuinely tense moments, but they are few and far between, and really only approach being scary. We follow a group of 4 people who have visited Hill House to investigate it's purportedly haunted nature, and they are all well-drawn and interesting characters, and their interactions do have something to say about some of the inherent flaws in human nature.

A sense of dread permeates throughout the book, as it is always clear that something horrible could happen at any moment, much the same feeling as one gets while watching Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" for the first time. The house itself is very well realized and very intentionally feels like a 5th character.

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Perhaps the scariest thing about it is the ending, which I will not spoil, but which will certainly not leave one feeling chipper. Even then though, it is more creepy than scary, a distinction which certainly does matter.

The Haunting of Hill House

While I would say this book is deserving of its position in the pantheon of classic literature, and I highly recommend it, I would not say it is satisfied my search for a truly frightening read. This is one of Shirley Jackson's most well known works mainly because it was made into a movie.

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Actually the s version is more accurate to the book than the latest film version. But on to the story. Hill House is a huge pile of bricks and mortar that was built in the late s. There is much tragedy attached to the house starting with a carriage accident that occurs as a young wife comes to her new house only to be killed when the horses are startled and the carriage upturns. The young daughter of this marriage is brought up in this curious place and ultimately dies here.

Her caregiver commits suicide by hanging herself from a circular staircase. There are many rooms, hallways, and lots of tales about ghostly apparitions, noises, and so forth. Montague and his team decide to investigate the reports of paranormal activity in this house.

In addition to his team, his invitees include two womenTheodora a free spirited theatrical type and Eleanor, a mousy insecure woman.