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The Turn of the Screw (Penguin Popular Classics)
The Turn of the Screw (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Henry James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful and gripping ghost story!, 9 Nov. 2001
Henry James' marvellous story, concerning a governess who comes to the horrifying conclusion that her two young charges may be possessed by the spirits of two servants, is one of the most unforgettable ghost stories I have ever read. It is true to say that James flowery, at times blatantly over-written prose can dilute the suspense at times, yet this is still a fantastic tale which you will be unable to put down. And it only costs a pound - you have got to buy this!


The Great Gatsby (Essential Penguin)
The Great Gatsby (Essential Penguin)
by F Scott Fitzgerald
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting novel from a marvellous writer., 9 Nov. 2001
Fitzgerald's most famous work is a totally absorbing story with fascinating characters that keeps you gripped from first page to last. Although his very descriptive prose can be slightly difficult, it nonetheless adds great beauty. It is the type of book you may have to read twice or three times before its greatness may become apparent, as it does seem rather slight the first time around, given its reputation. But, no matter what, this haunting and memorable tale will stay with you. Definitely a classic, and a book everyone should experience.


Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist
Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist
by Anthony Cronin
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life of one of the 20th century's greatest writers., 9 Nov. 2001
Anthony Cronin has delivered a thorughly readable, entertaining and exhaustive account of the life and career of possibly the greatest playwright of the twentieth century. Filled with fascinating anecdotes, plus helpful and informed opinions regarding the ambiguities of Beckett's work, this autobiography is ideal not just for those familiar with Beckett's plays and novels, but also for those looking for an introduction to the man's often very difficult works. A marvellous read - long but totally absorbing.


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