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The Turn of The Screw

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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

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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.

 

This could sum up pretty much every word of Henry James I've ever read. I had to tackle "The Portrait of a Lady" for my degree and couldn't stand it for this very reason.

 

The experience almost put me off James for life, but I went back and read "The Turn of the Screw" a couple of years ago, which I got on with much better largely, I think, because it is a good yarn from a classic era for ghost stories.

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This could sum up pretty much every word of Henry James I've ever read.
Really? I was beginning to think that I was just dim!

 

This isn't the first thing that I've read recently that I've struggled with and I was beginning to think that I'd somehow lost my ....................something.

 

Thanks Grammath!

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I read the book last year and thought it was very good. Just the right balance of ambiguity to make you wonder, was it the governess or was it the others? I also watched it last week on TV. I thought it was quite well done, and it managed to scare the life out of my daughter, I must admit eventhough I knew the story it did affect me too.

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