Life among the Savages

Life among the Savages

by Shirley Jackson


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One of America's most celebrated writers takes you home to a family and a small town so funny and unpredictable, you'd wish it were your own. "As warm as it is hilarious and believable . . . Never has the state of domestic chaos been so perfectly illuminated."--The New York Times Book Review.

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ISBN-13: 9780891906247
Publisher: Amereon LTD.
Publication date: 06/01/1953

About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1919–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.

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Life among the Savages 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took a mistress of the macabre like Shirley ('The Lottery') Jackson to turn out the most consistently funny and entertaining book I've ever read about life with small children. When I introduced it to my reading circle, they loved it too. Jackson is such a skilled writer that we can't find her reaching for effects: with one or two exceptions there is no patented twinkle in each chapter, no schmalz, none of that Erma Bombeck look-what-a-martyr-I-am stuff. What she DOES do is look at things from a child's point of view, which occasionally has its dangers--like the time her daughter sent the PTA treasurer home with a penny and a scolding. Also, her husband forbids the practice of magic inside the house, even white magic. (The humor is in the telling, trust me.) Although this book dates from the late forties, despite today's throwaway diapers and appliances 'Life Among the Savages' isn't really dated. It is that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shirley Jackson has never gotten the credit she deserved for her books. This first of two autobiographical humorous books remains surprisingly relevant and very very funny. I've read and re-read it many times over many years. Great to have it back in print again.
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AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jackson relates the perils of raising children and delivers some of her best writing in the process. She is an unusual combination of average, stay-at-home mother and nationally celebrated author of horror and mystery books. The result is an interesting blend that may have been produced by Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr and Edgar A. Poe. This is an under-appreciated work.
saltypepper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine the very, very best "mommy blog," only written in the late 1940's and early 1950's, and you being to have an inkling of what Jackson's Life Among the Savages is. It is simultaneously of its time and timeless all at once.Jackson writes very well, as anyone who has read The Haunting of Hill House and/or We Have Always Lived in the Castle knows. This book is something different though, as it deals with the daily life of this fairly average middle class family.
stephaniechase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny, quirky, and maybe better as a long magazine piece than a book, I still very much enjoyed Jackson's description of the everyday chaos of life with small children.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much fun to go back in time seeing how families lived without a car and changing the name on children's overalls as they are outgrown. It's s great light read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must have terrible humur!"TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!And stop doing the tekting thing because it just ruins the letter and it is annoying. James