|We Have Always Lived in the Castle|
(Listened to audiobook)
Creepy, but subtly creepy. I really liked the characters; Mary Katherine is one of my new favorite fictional characters.
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- Jackson does a great job at the beginning of making you sympathize with Mary Katherine. You excuse her behavior at first, then slowly realize how twisted she is. I haven’t decided if she’s mentally handicapped, insane, or just an awful person. By the end I wanted to shake her and yell, “Your family is dead and your uncle is dead and your house is burned down and IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!”
- Uncle Julian deserved better. ☹ The way Mary Katherine and Constance leave him and never regret it… 😠
- I assumed partway through that Mary Katherine was just imagining that the townspeople were terrible; nope.
- Even more horrifying than the slow reveal of Mary Katherine’s character is realizing that Constance is as bad or worse. Mary Katherine might have the excuse of mental problems or at least the lack of parenting for her behavior; Constance allows and excuses all those terrible actions. She has moments of clarity and regret, then a few minutes later she’s smiling and baking pies. 😲
- I’m going to have this stuck in my head for a while:
Merricat, said Connie, would you like a cup of tea?
Oh no, said Merricat, you’ll poison me.
Merricat, said Connie, would you like to go to sleep?
Down in the boneyard ten feet deep.