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The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCESS OF EXUBERANT VERBOSITY, 15 Nov. 2012
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The Turn of the Screw was my fourth venture into 19th century fiction since buying my Kindle. I thoroughly enjoyed, and found no difficulty with, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and David Copperfield. But TTOTS, written much more recently than any of those, suffers in my view from excessively florid language, over-long paragraphs and mercilessly complicated sentence structure.

The basic premise of the book, that two innocent children are aware of, and are being malevolently used by,the ghosts of two dead former servants, is chillingly original and it is that factor which encouraged me to stay with the story to the end,irritated as I was by the hifalutin' language. (That sentence, incidentally, if it were in the book, would be one of the more simple and straightforward ones.)

I thought, as I was ploughing along, that the dead servants' purpose was somehow to lure both children to their deaths, so as to be able to control and ill-use them in the after-life. I'm still not sure if that is at all correct. Apparently the ambiguity of the story is one of the reasons for its literary reputation.

I was fascinated by one small element in the story -- when the governess first sees the male ghost, Peter Quint, he is on top of one of the house's turrets and she is in the garden. She sees him briefly and at some distance, yet when the housekeeper -- asked who it might have been -- says "Was he a gentleman?" the governess is able to say promptly and with certainty "No, definitely not". That little passage speaks volumes about Victorian society.

On the whole, worth reading but hard work.


The Pelican Brief [DVD] [1993]
The Pelican Brief [DVD] [1993]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TWO-FACED DVD!, 30 Oct. 2009
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This dvd is on both sides of the disc, requiring it to be turned over half-way through. This would not be a problem if it was clear on the box and on the disc itself. In fact the words "two-sided format" are in minute writing on the box, and there is nothing on the reverse of the disc to indicate that it is Side B.

None of my friends has ever come across a two-sided dvd, so they must be unusual, and it should be made much clearer.
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