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A slow burner,
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This review is from: We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Modern Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
Quaint and queer this story has an obvious plot reveal and a limited cast.
I read it quickly and felt slightly short changed at the end. Childlike Merricat is simple and straight forward in her speech and thinking; her big sister Constance kindly busies herself domestically around the place, installing order into their long aimless days. Uncle Julian bumbles about in the background, coming out with flashes of honesty, this trinity survive in their own little bubble, rebuilding their personae after a ghastly crime.
Cousin Charles breezes through the barricades, he is the touch paper, the agent of doom.
The villagers hurl abuse and chant nasty ditties, we are in different times, early last century perhaps.
Of all them Jonas the cat is the most appealing, sphinx like he skirts around the edge of the fracas, making his home where he can.
There are many deeper meanings held within this tale, as explained by Joyce Carol Oates at the end. However for me, it was just plain weird and wicked.