The Turn of the Screw Mobi Ö 134 pages

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The Turn of the Screw Mobi Ö 134 pages × A chilling ghost story wrought with tantalising ambiguity Henry James's The Turn of the Screw is edited with an introduction and notes by David Bromwich in Penguin Classics In what Henry James called a 'trap for the unwary' The Turn of the Screw tells of a nameless young governess sent to a country hIon and has influenced subseuent ghost stories and films such as The Innocents starring Deborah Kerr and The Others starring Nicole Kidman This Penguin Classics edition contains a chronology further reading notes and an introduction by David Bromwich examining the dark ambiguity of James's work and the inseparability of narrative from point of vi Me at 50%And 75% And 90% I was actually really excited to read this classic Henry James novella a gothic ghost story published in 1898 A young woman is hired to be the governess for two young orphans by their uncle whose good looks and charm impress the governess She wants to impress him in turn with her capability especially when his main command to her is that she never NEVER bother him with any problems or concernsShe's packed off to the uncle's country estate to meet young Flora and Miles who are delightful beautiful children The housekeeper becomes her friend and confidante There are just a few odd things strange noises in the house footsteps a child's cry and Miles has been expelled from his boarding school for mysterious unnamed reasons But really everything is just fine Until she starts seeing a mysterious man and woman appear and disappear and becomes convinced that they are the ghosts of the prior governess and another employee And she's certain that the children see these ghosts but won't admit it Also she's uite sure that these ghosts are out to get the children How is she so sure of all these things? Who knows? She just is And the uestion is is she really seeing supernatural manifestations or is she slowly becoming and delusional? or both? And are the children innocent or evil? James includes hints but doesn't ever answer these uestionsIt sounds like a fascinating psychological examination with a narrator who is both unnamed and unreliable So it surprised me a little when I literally could barely keep my eyes open while I was reading itThe story is told in a roundabout murky way which helps create a sense of confusion You also have to continually plow through sentences like this oneThey had never I think wanted to do so many things for their poor protectress; I mean though they got their lessons better and better which was naturally what would please her most in the way of diverting entertaining surprising her; reading her passages telling her stories acting her charades pouncing out at her in disguises as animals and historical characters and above all astonishing her by the pieces they had secretly got by heart and could interminably reciteI think Henry James must have had some sort of allergy to periods How did he even stay awake while he was writing convoluted sentences like this?I persevered to the end not so hard to do when it's only 100 pages but this story just never grew on me The whole thing was an odd and murky reading experience which perhaps Henry James would say was his intent Too bad it was also so very boring and unsatisfyingSo if you ever have insomnia I've got the book for you I keep thinking maybe I read this wrong because it's such a classic So I’ll give it another shot Who knows? Sometimes that works out for me

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A chilling ghost story wrought with tantalising ambiguity Henry James's The Turn of the Screw is edited with an introduction and notes by David Bromwich in Penguin Classics In what Henry James called a 'trap for the unwary' The Turn of the Screw tells of a nameless young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans Miles and Fl “No no—there are depths depths The I go over it the I see in it and the I see in it the I fear I don’t know what I don’t see—what I don’t fear” Screen shot from the 1961 version of The Innocents based on the James short storyA governess is hired to look after the nephew and niece of a man who has inherited the responsibility for the children after the death of their parents He is very explicit in his instructions to the governess that he is not to be bothered with excessive communications The governess is young and pretty and wants to impress her new employer by doing exactly what he wishes She wants to be seen as competent and in a sense this need to please proves to be a vulnerability that as she tries to shield and protect she actually puts everyone at risk Risk of what you might ask? That becomes the unknown element of the story The reader doesn’t really know what to be afraid of What nature of evil are we dealing with? The children are ethereally beautiful The governess is compromised immediately by preconceived notions that we all have to a certain extent that beauty euates to goodness ”I was dazzled by their loveliness” When the boy Miles is kicked out of his exclusive school for unrevealed reasons the governess cannot fathom what he could have possibly done to deserve this level of embarrassing punishment It was inconceivable to her that he was capable of anything remotely improper As the governess begins to try to understand her young charges she also begins to discover that there are swirling uestions about what has happened to other people who have been associated with the children in the past She cross examines the housekeeper and carefully the children ferreting out bits and pieces of information that leave a murky picture in her mind The reluctance which everyone shows in speaking about the past makes the governess and suspicious that something potentially perplexing lies in the truth She starts to see dead people ”I was ready to know the very worst that was to be known What I had then had an ugly glimpse of was that my eyes might be sealed just while theirs were most opened”Her first thought was to protect the innocence of the children but maybe what she should have been worried about was protecting her own innocence It becomes a game of ignoring these phantoms in the hopes that the children would not become aware of the existence of these ghosts of uint the butler and Miss Jessel the ex governess Both of these people were obsessed with the children when they were alive The uestion becomes what do they want with the children now? Of course without confirmation of the existence of these supernatural events from other people one does naturally tend to start uestioning one’s own sanity Henry James weaves in these awkward interactions between the governess and Miles There are moments when the young lad seems to be attempting to seduce his governess He calls her ‘my dear’ which sounds innocent enough but when coupled with innuendos the words take on a unseemly connotation The governess is not totally immune to the charm of the handsome boy “Of course I was under the spell and the wonderful part is that even at the time I perfectly knew I was But I gave myself up to it; it was an antidote to any pain and I had pains than one” Scholars have debated whether the governess was actually seeing the phantom manifestations or not There is certainly a desperation to how she attempts to protect the children fully determined to keep the situation under control without having to contact her employer We watch her naivety crumble as she is battered by the strange and distant attitudes of the children and the extraordinary circumstances of the spine chilling past intruding on the present I was firmly on the side of believing the governess was losing a firm grasp on her sanity but then James throws a wrinkle into my firm resolve when Miles makes this statement to the governess that they should not miss his sister and the housekeeper after they have fled the circumstances ”I suppose we shouldn’t Of course we have the others”Or is Miles just playing her This is a short story but it is a short story by Henry James He has some of the same convoluted difficult sentences that show up in his novels They may bewilder on a first read but after another go they start to make sense I’ve read enough James to find those complicated sentences when they appear like Gordian Knots amusing than frustrating This tale left me jangled and apprehensive as if an apparition were still strumming their fingers along the length of my sciatic nerve If you read it on the most basic level as a ghost story you will certainly find it unsatisfying As I started to understand the deeper psychological implications of the interplay between characters I started to realize that this is a tragedy with elements of horror that left lasting traumatic issues for those that survived If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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The Turn of the ScrewOra Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care But is the threat to her young charges really a malign and ghostly presence or something else entirely? The Turn of the Screw is James's great masterpiece of haunting atmosphere and unbearable tens There is a presumption that a book if written concurrent with a certain time period during which a ruler of notable longevity reigned and originating from an area of the world long known during that time period in particular for an effusiveness of style in excess of that which may be at a minimum absolutely reuired to convey a particular message or idea may on occasion if not predominantly and generally tend toward a style that when compared and contrasted with styles of later writers in other distant geographies or even stylists who espouse minimalism within the bounds of the same geographic region might be best described at least insofar as it can be generally encapsulated with a description of any sufficient brevity as to varying degrees ponderous overwrought and in the main at least with respect to the general population and in particular those of the Twitter generation overly wordyIf you enjoyed the preceding 152 word sentence you will likely enjoy The Turn of the Screw If you didn’t make it past the first 140 characters you’ll want to avoid it unless your appetite for unintentional double entendres surpasses your dislike of egregiously prolix prose as the narrator’s aptitude for inadvertently making it sound as though she is engaged in particularly inappropriate Afternoon Delight style undertakings with her young male charge is prodigious and nigh Funkeian