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Community Level 6oldchem

oldchem

A gripping ghost story, or a study in sexual repression ?

AdvantagesA gripping story that leaves more questions on every page

DisadvantagesThe ending can leave you non plussed at first

" == THE TURN OF THE SCREW == === HENRY JAMES === Do you enjoy a good ghost story? Yes? Then don't ignore this book because of its age. The Turn of the Screw was written a at a time when ghost stories were very popular. But Henry James did not write stereotypical ghost stories, his were not tales of ghosts appearing in white sheets and frightening all those around. He was more interested in 'real' ghosts, "the strange and sinister ..." Read review
06.07.2009

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Community Level 9Amy69

Amy69

How many Turning points?!

Advantagesa little eerie, cheap, small, cover

DisadvantagesEnding!

"...Henry James's 'The Turn of the Screw' in two consecutive lecturers, I'd pretty much made up my mind that I had to read the book or die! It sounded so compelling... Having read it however, I'm not too sure what to think! We'd put it on the Book Club reading list, and this evening we will be conferring with one another about the book so I thought I'd best write this review now before my views are warped by those of others. Okay, let's start with the ..." Read review
03.11.2011

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Community Level 1Michele23

Michele23

Scary Children

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DisadvantagesFeel it's incomplete

"This is the only piece of fiction I have read by Henry James. But if you want intrigue, the dimension of gory reality and children that create more unease that any phantom...then this is your pit stop. It begins with a group of gentlemen swapping 'ghostly' stories. The tension is set, for both the characters and the reader. " The Turn of the Screw " begins with the employment of a governess for two children ( hired by their elusive guardian ). I ..." Read review
20.02.2003

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Community Level 2Zoe.e

Zoe.e

Creepy and compelling, what really happens?

AdvantagesCreepy and compelling

DisadvantagesVery short

"...is told almost entirely from the point of view of one person, so it is impossible to tell exactly how much of what she perceives is real. This is the story of a governess who goes to look after two young children at a remote house in the country. She quickly bonds with the housekeeper and the two angellic children and is happy there. The only things that do bother her are the mysterious death of the previous governess and the fact that the apparently ..." Read review
28.04.2004

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Community Level 1cathpye85

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"One of those books you feel you ought to have read, but is a let-down in reality. Perhaps we're too used to this type of novella now to appreciate it's original impact, but I'm afraid as a modern-reader, it was slow, short and not fully fleshed out. Sparse and not quite as 'classic' as one had hoped for.
19.06.2007

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