I'm in the middle of this book and torn between wanting to know what happens and getting a bit bogged down. This is my typical response when reading 'a classic' and want to persevere. Can anyone offer any encouraging words? Or food for thought?
So far I'm finding it hard to relate to the main characters. Isabel, the heroine, is described in such detail that I feel that I should know her inside out by now, but I don't. Maybe I'm just not 'deep' enough... And James is always referred to as such an excellent author (my motivation for picking up the book in the first place) that I want to be able to appreciate him. At times like this I wish I was back at school and studying this as a 'set text' so that the teacher could tell me how jolly clever it all is and I could agree.
Not quite sure about this.
I enjoyed it, which is why I finished it, but if I hadn't seen a recent programme based on the story I wonder if I would have been able to keep track?
The prose is dense and sentences are long with far too many commas imho, and there were one or two sentences that I just didn't get a sense of. A story that requires effort, but worth said effort.
It is a ghost story of sorts about a young governess who takes on two charges in a large house out in the country, who determines that the ghosts of her predecessor and the predecessor's lover are trying to possess the children and that the children know about it and are somehow complicit.
It did make me think and I also wondered if the governess, whilst not mad per se, was suffering from undiagnosed schizophrenia, which would explain a lot.
Well worth a read, and I'm sure that I'll go back to it at some point