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Tart furnaces that break down a pugnacious corner bully household help that never stays and a patient capable hu. The illimitable Shirley Jackson is smoking a cigarette in the taxicab on the way to the hospital to deliver her third child When she arrives she tells the desk clerk that she s a writer Housewife says the clerk Writer says Shirley Jackson The clerk says I ll just put housewifeShe s the writer of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle among other miracles and one of the sharpest and eeriest writers of the 20th century Which makes it funny to read this collection of relatively lighthearted essays about parenting which aregenerally the same as every other essay about parenting Toys are underfoot Laundry takes a long time The children are possibly sociopaths The ashtrays are overflowing Jackson tells this long story at one point sortof a musical beds deal The children come in to sleep with her and her husband It s crowded so she moves to the guest bed The dog displaces her from that bed so she moves to a child s bed where the child joins her so she moves again and on and on The punchline is that during all of this a blanket disappears into some HillHouseian wormhole never to be seen again The funny part is that each time she s displaced she picks up her glass of brandy and her cigarettes and her ashtray and brings them with her clockwise from right Shirley Jackson savage savageJackson s life was a disaster She was miserable an addict with a husband who kept sleeping with his students and then bragging about it to her His lordly expectations of what he was due as the family patriarch were retrograde even for the time He controlled the family finances even though as time went on Shirley Jackson brought in most of the money All of her work is animated by the tension she felt between her socially sanctioned role as a happy homemaker and her vocation as a writer That s never laid out clearly than here but the tension simmers underneath Her most famous and forceful novels are still some years away She doesn t let on how precarious her home life really is The eeriest things here are her kids eerie as kids often are On earth what are you doing she overhears her daughter singing On earth what are you doing I am going splickety splot Well yes I love many writers but if you come over and gaze at my bookshelves and say something like What should I read I will foist Shirley Jackson on you first Because here we are on earth going splickety splot and that s a good song

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Life among the Savages

Sband who remains lovingly oblivious to the many thousands of things mothers and wives accomplish every single d. I first read this in 5th or 6th grade and have probable read it four times in all I just knew I was going to have children like hers I did

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This is a memoir of Shirley Jackson's family's life in rural Vermont Children who won't behave cars that won't s. If I could adopt a parent it would be Shirley Jackson She was a master of horror She hated housework but always had time to whip up a big vat of chocolate pudding She smoked like a chimney and according to her youngest son who became a nutritionist consumed a pound of butter a day She was married to a brilliant man but managed to keep his gargantuan ego in check with her razor sharp wit She was a crazy cat lady and amateur witch In other words she is the mom I always wanted LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES is among her greatest work It s an account of her life as a mom and housewife Nobody can evoke the chaos of a houseful of kids like Jackson The fact that she managed to write so many great books and stories while raising 4 kids and an immature husband to boot is utterly staggering No wonder the poor woman died at 49 It was probably the first chance she had to rest in ages


10 thoughts on “Life among the Savages

  1. says:

    Reading Road Trip 2020Current location VermontAs obsessed as I've been with Shirley Jackson for the past two years of my life you'd have thought she'd have been my first choice for the state of Vermont Foolishly she wasn'tMany of Ms Jackson's novels indicate a New England setting but most of them could be set j

  2. says:

    Kids do the darndest things but only a master writer can make child rearing anecdotes enjoyable for all audiences For that reason I actually t

  3. says:

    If I could adopt a parent it would be Shirley Jackson She was a master of horror She hated housework but always had time to whip up a big vat of chocolate pudding She smoked like a chimney and according to her youngest son who became a nutritionist consumed a pound of butter a day She was married to a brilliant man but managed to keep his gar

  4. says:

    This is an hilarious autobiographical account of Shirley Jackson and her husband raising 2 then 3 then 4 children

  5. says:

    The illimitable Shirley Jackson is smoking a cigarette in the taxicab on the way to the hospital to deliver her third child When she arrives she tells the desk clerk that she’s a writer Housewife says the clerk Writer says Shirley Jackson The clerk says I’ll just put housewifeShe’s the writer of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle among other miracles and one of the sharpest and eeriest writers of the 20

  6. says:

    Right up front I will admit to never having read a Shirley Jackson novel The Lottery was a short story assigned in school but that's it I'm not a fan of horror even when it's well written But memoir I can get behind especia

  7. says:

    I first read this in 5th or 6th grade and have probable read it four times in all I just knew I was going to ha

  8. says:

    OUR HOUSE is old and noisy and full When we moved into it we had two children and about five thousand books; I expect that when we finally overflow and move out again we will have perhaps twenty children and easily half a million books On Nam

  9. says:

    35 stars Life Among the Savages is a collection of comic essays by Shirley Jackson originally published in women’s magazines Rather than a memoir Life Among the Savages reads as a series of episodes focusing on

  10. says:

    RereadEven as a kid I found this book funny even laugh out loud funny and laughing out loud while reading is something I rarely do The first time I read it and its seuel I was struck by the differences of 1940s life from my own; this time I noted the similaritiesEarly readers of Jackson’s so called domestic writings and early fans of her novels and short stories were two separate groups and both had a hard time reconciling the