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If you mention Henry James people always seem to shy away, thinking that his books are hard to read or to understand. Sometimes very long winded perhaps, but not in this case. Even if you never read anything else by Henry James ever, there is still plenty of reason to read this. I don't know myself how many times I have read this novella over the years, as it is something that you find yourself coming back to time and time again.

Who doesn't like a great ghost story? Well this is one of those. A governess has to take charge of two children but she starts seeing apparitions, which eventually result in tragedy. At the same time she goes about learning who these apparitions are. Sounds interesting? It is, and a great piece of escapism. You can read this tale just like that, but you also begin to notice that things may not be as they seem, there are definitely things going on just under the surface.

This is in many ways quite ambiguous as is there really a haunting, or is this just the imagination of a woman who may be hysterical or comes up with some fantasy to hide other things? Over the years many have taken on the challenge to come up with a definitive answer, and no one has, simply because there isn’t one. James left us with a great tale and something that will make you think. Many have tried since then to write something as good, as well as this being filmed many times. The simple truth though is that no one has come close, let alone excelled the Master himself. This really is one of the greatest supernatural tales ever written.
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If you mention Henry James people always seem to shy away, thinking that his books are hard to read or to understand. Sometimes very long winded perhaps, but not in this case. Even if you never read anything else by Henry James ever, there is still plenty of reason to read this. I don't know myself how many times I have read this novella over the years, as it is something that you find yourself coming back to time and time again.

Who doesn't like a great ghost story? Well this is one of those. A governess has to take charge of two children but she starts seeing apparitions, which eventually result in tragedy. At the same time she goes about learning who these apparitions are. Sounds interesting? It is, and a great piece of escapism. You can read this tale just like that, but you also begin to notice that things may not be as they seem, there are definitely things going on just under the surface.

This is in many ways quite ambiguous as is there really a haunting, or is this just the imagination of a woman who may be hysterical or comes up with some fantasy to hide other things? Over the years many have taken on the challenge to come up with a definitive answer, and no one has, simply because there isn’t one. James left us with a great tale and something that will make you think. Many have tried since then to write something as good, as well as this being filmed many times. The simple truth though is that no one has come close, let alone excelled the Master himself. This really is one of the greatest supernatural tales ever written.
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on 22 March 2017
I always find Henry James's writing of the highest standard although, with sometimes rather convoluted sentences , I may have to read them twice. That's just my limited education. The Turn of the Screw is in his usual fascinating style with elements of ambiguity and the plot often quite concise but developed with masterly skill. The volume is rather slim and the images poor, but if a ghost story attracts you I recommend the book.
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on 12 December 2016
Read a few months ago- had to read Amazon reviews to jog my memory. I agree with the review that says..' you are not sure if it was a psychological thriller or ghost story...' , or words to that effect.
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on 15 September 2016
This pamphlet (to be accurate, because it cannot be described as a book) has text so small that it is incredibly difficult to read even for people with perfect vision. I can't review the content until a different version arrives.
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on 27 March 2017
I wish I had read this other review - they are right - this isn't even a book - why is it even being sold? It looks like someone has typed this up and had it printed. The missing and inaccurate punctuation makes it very difficult to follow the subtlety of this classic text. There are no page numbers, but numbers turn up randomly in the text e.g. 'of which she had in-80
stately recognised'. And paragraphs are created randomly, and $ appear, and upper case text. The words 'THE TURN OF THE SCREW' appear randomly in the text, including places where it it misspelt 'THE TUKN OF THE SCREW' which gives me no confidence in this.
I'll be sending this back.
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on 26 May 2017
Very dark and atmospheric, and seems a bit long and drawn out, but it's worth reading. It's different from the 'run-of-the-mill' types of books. Quite spooky too.
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on 9 February 2017
Often difficult to find focus on who the narrator is referring to, the story is otherwise classic, and many horror stories take great inspiration
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on 11 May 2017
What's revealed is far less than there is to be revealed. Like M R James his namesake builds tension by oblique references to unnameable horrors never fully described. It can make the scalp tingle. Read it.
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on 4 April 2017
Heavy but worth it
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