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The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192834045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834041
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,516,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale" (Oscar Wilde)

"It really does turn your blood cold" (Colm Tóibín)

"Technically, he is extraordinarily brilliant, and stylistically he's wonderful" (David Lodge)

"Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry" (Graham Greene)

"[James] is the most intelligent man of his generation" (T. S. Eliot) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The famous and terrifying story in an edition which includes a unique selection of Henry James's ghost stories --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Unlike some of the other reviewers here I still think this is the creepiest book I've ever read, and all the more terrifying for the fact that James never articulates what's going on - he simply leaves your imagination to float free and conjure up all your worse nightmares. Yes, he's never an easy read (though this is far more accessible than Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl etc) but I think his very stately, mannered sentences and diction actually add to the horror of the story. Don't read this if you're expecting Stephen King or The Exorcist - James expects his readers to make the effort to read properly. Someone called this (possibly James himself?)'the most poisonous little tale I could imagine' and I think that's a perfect description - when I re-read it, it was on the tube with bright lights and lots of people around as I couldn't face reading it at home alone!
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Convoluted sentences that are to be expected - not necessarily an easy read, but very gripping and enjoyable. I recommend. I also love the ambiguity of the sentence structures and how they can mean different things, which only adds to the delightful confusion over what actually goes/went on.
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The Turn of the Screw is James’ most notorious piece of work for a reason – it’s chilling, sinister and suspenseful, and everything you want from a piece of writing. The only possible criticism I can think of would be that it’s too short, because you could go on reading James’ work forever – that said, the author knows best and perhaps if it was in a longer form, the suspense would be lost.

James’ other work is just as delightful as The Turn of the Screw, but I’m not sold on the ‘other stories’ aspect of the title – it seems to over-promise and under-deliver, because there are only two other short stories included in my copy (‘The Pupil‘ and ‘The Third Person‘). Still, it makes for a pleasant enough read, and one that I’d highly recommend.

But The Turn of the Screw itself was always going to be the highlight here, and it’s that that will make you want to keep on reading more and more of Henry James’ writing. I promise, you’re not going to regret it.
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By pip on 17 Sept. 2012
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Only just started to read the story but it feels chilling. The speed which you can get the books from kindle is brilliant.
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