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Turn of the Screw

The classic 1898 horror short story by Henry James.

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A Quick Tip by sabres2332

  • Jun 10, 2010
Good Book, Great Story, Interesting, catchy, gets you involved every chapter
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review by . May 18, 2010
Turn of the Screw: A Review   Henry James’s Turn of the Screw is a well-crafted ghost story. But its suspense is derived from James’s style and the personalities of the characters. If one word could describe Turn of the Screw, that word is ambiguity.   James uses the first person perspective to place the reader on edge. The protagonist is a young woman who applies to be a caretaker for two young children who, James leads us to believe, are one step below royalty. …
Quick Tip by . December 22, 2010
Eerie and quite complex. This is the kind of psychologically ambiguous ghost story that will leave some readers thrilled, some angry and some perplexed. It's short enough to be well worth the time to judge for yourself.
review by . September 22, 2010
THE TURN OF THE SCREW is the ambiguous story of a governess teaching two young orphaned children whose uncle guardian has assumed the financial responsibility for their upbringing but wishes to have absolutely no physical or emotional contact with them. Very shortly after she assumes her duties, ghostly apparitions begin to frequent the children's home and the surrounding grounds. Initially, the governess is worried that her sanity may be in question but, when she describes the appearances of …
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Deceptively creepy, James will engross you with this great narrative that simply refuses to be tied down to any real classification.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A good read, and oddly thought-provoking.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
I think it takes a certain taste to enjoy these stories. I read them before when I was still in elementary but didn't really understand why the stories were considered horror, but rereading it, I find the classic rhythmic way James tells his stories different, classical, and brilliant. Understand that these stories were written a century ago so if you aren't a fan of old stories - usually not gory or overt in their stylings, then you won't like this book.
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
One of the most eerie & psychologically complex horror stories. I love the ambiguity of whether or not anything supernatural ever occurred.
review by . February 22, 2007
Long before DaVinci Code, Turn of the Screw was generating all sorts of controversy. Are the ghosts genuine or a product of neurosis? Who sees them? Just what is going on with the young master, and is he actually perpetrating all the terror? Then there are readers who dislike James's style. For me, these and other questions enhance my enjoyment of this essentially timeless story. James's elegant language merely adds another layer to the deliciously creepy atmosphere. The Turn of the Screw is fun …
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Author: Henry James
Genre: Classic Literature, Horror
Date Published: October 13, 1898
Format: Novella

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