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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

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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. 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 Jackson s chaotic family life children suabbling disagreements with other parents daily chores and family dinners Jackson renders the cacophony of her family tinging everyday activities or conversations with a does of absurdity Her children s back and forth are as entertaining as they are bewildering That shirt s no good Laurie said It is so Jannie said It is not Laurie said It is so Jannie said It is not Laurie said Children I called my voice a little louder than it usually is at only nine in the morning Please stop suabbling and get dressed Laurie started it Jannie called back Jannie started it Laurie called Jackson very much focuses on the lightest aspects of her life painting herself as a busy mother of three and focusing her attention to her children s antics as opposed to herself It was lovely to read the way in which she could be amused by their nonsense or misdeeds Jannie s imaginary daughters were a joy to read of There were also plenty of elements that brought to mind her fictional work or in some way made me wonder whether they somehow influenced her writing the broken step the creepy taxi driver the nosy locals Laurie s schoolmate Charles whose name enters the family lexicon With the third week of kindergarten Charles was an institution in our family Jannie was being a Charles when she cried all afternoon Laurie did a Charles when he filled his wagon full of mud and pulled it through the kitchen even my husband when he caught his elbow in the telephone cord and pulled telephone ashtray and a bowl of flowers off the table said after the first minute Looks like Charles I was delighted by the way in which Jackson would write about her house Life Among the Savages will definitely appeal to those who enjoy Jackson s particular brand of humourRead reviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads

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Tart furnaces that break down a pugnacious corner bully household help that never stays and a patient capable hu. This is an hilarious autobiographical account of Shirley Jackson and her husband raising 2 then 3 then 4 children in a small Vermont town I listened to the audio version narrated by Lesa Lockford and I thought she was excellentThis has to be the funniest audiobook I ve ever heard It consists of vignettes regarding daily life such as a bus trip to the store for school clothes with 3 children a doll carriage a doll etc or a game of musical chairs except it involves a sick household and beds instead of chairs Somehow Shirley threads all of these short stories into a narrative that I think most mothers will relate to even though it took place in the 1940 s written in the 50 sIt s difficult to believe that this is the same author of some of my favorite books The Haunting of Hill House because the tone and style is so different What is the same is the master level of story telling landing you right in the house among the savages 4 stars for the story 1 additional star for the wonderful narration Highly recommendedYou can buy your copy here


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 l

  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 think Life Among the Savages and its seuel Raising Demons prove Shirley Jackson an historic 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 h

  4. says:

    This is an hilarious autobiographical account of Shirley Jackson and her husband raising 2 then 3 then 4 children in a small Vermont town I listened to the audio version narrated by Lesa Lockford and I thought she was excellentThis has to be the funniest audiobook I've ever heard It consists of vignettes regarding daily li

  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 eeri

  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 especially when it's funn

  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 have children like hers I did

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    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 Naming of namesIt was when Jannie was very nearly five that the uestion of

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    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 Jackson's chaotic family life children suabbling disagreements with other parents daily chores and family dinners Jackson renders the cacophony of her family tinging everyday activities or conversations with a does of absurdity

  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 w