The world is big. We all want to make our mark. To begin, start small. One etch of the pen each time. Build on that etch until a journey of ink appears. Patiently, that journey will create a beautiful signature. A signature that is yours. Your mark on the world.
*The Haunting Of Hill House REVIEW*
I understand why this book may be some people's favourite horror book. Shirley Jackson has an impeccable narrative style that definitely keeps you turning pages even if nothing extraordinary is happening. She uses a tone that manages to make you feel uneasy. •
Plot wise nothing noteworthy happens. This book focuses on the narration and the main character's development. As the book progresses you'll keep wondering what it is about Hill House that has you on your edge but since you never get an answer, it is open to interpretation. You fill the blank based on your own personal fears. • *Spoiler Alert*
This is how I interpreted it:
Eleanor Vance, the protagonist, has some form of psychic ability. She is never aware of her abilities, but very early on in the book the author mentions how Eleanor might have telekinetic powers that somehow becomes stronger as the storyline progresses. I believe the more she gets scared of the house the crazier she gets and the stronger her power manifests. We see her lose it completely right after she starts feeling guilty about her mother's death. Her mental state is the key point here. But since she is so lonely, she wants so much to belong somewhere that she starts believing that the house wants her by probably subconsciously making her name appear multiple times in the house. In a very important scene she hears a voice singing (probably her mother's) and she is glad that no one else heard it too. This shows how much she wanted to belong in the house. Towards the end she dances around the house in the middle of the night singing that she is home. This signifies a circle and brings us back to the very first scene in which her name appeared on the ceiling saying 'Nell come home'. She might have caused it all. But we cannot deny the fact that the house definitely had some negativity to it which drove Eleanor to madness.
In my opinion, the book isn't scary but it definitely is eerie. The construction of the plot and the way it is narrated is nothing less than brilliant. The ending helped bring everything into perspective.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
...círculo tras círculo, bajando soñadora, sólo a veces, gota a gota, por los colgantes musgos hasta el último espejo, que desde abajo, suavemente hace sonreír a su pilón con desbordamientos. (Poema-cosa sobre el jardín de la Villa Borghese, Rainer Maria Rilke)
I know, I know...i should be switching to winter themes, but I'm just missing greens and gardens this morning. "Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places."
-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden