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The Witchcraft of Salem Village

The Witchcraft of Salem Village - Shirley Jackson 3.5 Stars

What an interesting and educational read where Shirley Jackson examines in detail the horrifying true story of accusations, trials and executions that shook the community of Salem Village to its foundations. The famous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692 after a group of young girls in Salem village, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraf resulting in the trials of hundreds of people and the dealths of nineteen who were found guilty and executed.

I was familiar with the Salem Witch trials but had only read fictionalised accounts and was delighted when I came across this book by Shirley Jackson on audible. Wonderfully narrated, concise and to the point this was a short read but the author sticks to the facts and we get as much information as possible. While I am sure there are more in depth explanations and analysis of the Witch trials this short book satisfied my curiousity and was a great audio find.

Written I believe as a children's book but very readable and educational for adults too.