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The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson & Laura Miller
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson & Laura Miller digital book - Fable

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The greatest haunted house story ever written—the inspiration for the hit Netflix horror series!

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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3.5
“I listened to this twice as an audiobook. My feelings have changed slightly because I felt I missed somethings the first time. Eleanor Vance- one of the main characters has obvious mental problems that I felt the other characters played on.I don’t really know if the others characters said what they say or was this whole thing all in Eleanor’s head. That’s how crazy Eleanor seemed through out the whole book. She is very childish in ways of mentality. Theodora- was two faced to where she was nice one minute and mean the next and always wanting to be in the spotlight. Luke- I thought was deceptive like most of the main characters. He is heir to Hill House. Dr. Montague- was the person who invited these 3 characters ( amongst others who don’t show ) I felt he was antagonistic in a way. I thought they all ganged up on Eleanor. The book doesn’t answer a lot of questions. Why is the house haunted. Haunted by what? Is it all in Eleanor’s head? These questions are never answered as far as I remember. The haunting only happens a few times through out the books and it is a lot of just talking, bickering and what I felt was mind-f***ery. I did enjoy it the second time around. Will i read anymore Shirley Jackson, hopefully not.”
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“The first issues I faced with this book was going into it expecting it to be as good as the TV show. From the get go expectations were missed- which could have been fault of my own for setting them so high. I understand this book is a “classic” but ultimately I found myself bored throughout the entirety. I have never DNF a book but this sure did come close. Potentially because I split the book up over a long duration- I just feel like a whole lot of nothing happened. I found Eleanor to also be a really annoying narrator, scenes would be choppy and transition with difficulty but as time went on it makes sense this was probably a play on her being unstable- if not then idk what to say it was really unrealistic how different scenes would pick up and start throughout. “Thrilling” and “horrifying” would be the last descriptions I would put towards this book- the plot proved to be anti-climatic as even the whole atmosphere of the story ran very flat for me.”

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