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The Turn of the ScrewNow you see me now you don t What the Meaning understanding and certainty all become elusive chimera in this ambiguous game of hide and seek that Henry James lays with us Have you ever been in one of those weird situations where you wondered if you were losing your mind doubting whether what you were seeing was real And what it was that you were seeing This is one of those what the heck novels that you often find in the modernist genre Not originally classed as a modernist novel by now it is viewed as one by many modern critics because of the ambiguity and layers that James managed to captureIt is just as slippery and ambiguous and as what on earth is happening here as the most obfuscating of the modernist novels one tends to struggle with trying to figure out what is going on like with Virginia Woolf s The Waves William Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury Thomas Pynchon s Gravity s Rainbow Henry James might not be laying around as much as true modernists do with narrative voice although he built three layers into his narrative viewpoint and the story is certainly a metatext Like most modernists he does Never Gonna Leave This Bed play around to some extent with temporality but only to a small extent and only slightly with structure However it is thelay with meaning the what the heck actually happened here that lends so much ambiguity and scope for interpretation that makes this novella shinePart of what oints to our narration being unreliable is the fact that the novella is a nested metatext being a story someone is telling about a story that someone else told him about a story that someone else told himThe fun is that it reads like a Gothic novel and for all intents and urposes would be a Gothic novel were it not for the subtleties in meaning and content context leaping out at the reader especially the modern sophisticated reader who doesn t actually believe in you know ghosts However the story isn t really creepy in the way that conventional ghost stories areWell it is sort ofBut it s also like when you walk into your house at night and the lights are dimmed and there s this hat and coat stand at the end of the Koroshiya Ichi (Japanese Edition) passage and in the shadows it looks like there s aerson there watching and waiting and you wonder IS THAT Or no is that just my imagination Wohlstand Ohne Stress. Wie Sie Mit Fonds Ihr Geld In Vier Jahren Verdoppeln playing tricks on me Yet you take our time all the time eyeing that shadowy figure and you uickly walk to the light switch and flick it onThough the governess s shadowman had no hat therefore not a gentlemanHave you ever had a dream in which you vaguely become aware of theresence of someone you feel you know You seem to know him well from some other dreamscape and yet you cannot Vom Verwesen der Welt und anderen Restposten : eine Werkauswahl place your finger on who he is yet hisresence seems so sinister If someone were to ask you who the shadowy man at the edge of your vision was you might reply Why Nobody and yet you fear him but don t know why You know the reason is sitting just at the tip of your consciousness but it s all cast in shadow and yet it makes you feel so terribly uneasy You may even wonder in such a dream if that shadowy image could somehow be you yourself but the thought of that the very idea makes your hair stand on end gives you a leaden Clara's Soldier: A Retelling of the Nutcracker pith of dread that sinks into your stomach and grips your insides with discomfortDream analysts would say that that strangely familiar figure is arojection of the Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick (Harlequin Historical) part of your own self that you find unacceptable This other self can even appear threatening because often our aggressive impulses have to be suppressed as much as or even than our sexual impulses If that self came loose from under our control it could be a dangerous thing and therefore we fear it albeit on a subconscious levelHave you ever had a dream like that This novella was reminiscent of such a dream made me feel like I was reading about such a dreamSomeeople read this as a ghost story some as a horror story and some as a Out of Left Field psychological thriller or study 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 that I don t fear I must mention that I got most of the detail about the different types of analyses from the Beidler critical edition of The Turn of the Screw that is full of background material cultural context history critical essays and interpretations of the textThere are Marxist interpretations of this story Jungian interpretations Freudian ones Reader response analyses Post modern Modern New Criticism New Historicism views of the story you name it Oh and of course there are those among some of the abovementioned who take a gay view as well There is no real evidence for or against the directions James s orientation leaned though I have read some excerpts of his letters to young men that would incline me to agree that there s a strongossibility that he was gayAmong the gay Salvage proponents are those who say that the governess is a subconsciousrojection by James of himself and his repressed urges Whatever other conclusions one might come to you have to admit that the governess is one tight little ball of repressed urges I see her as being under a lot of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman pressure from various origins One of theressures she has is an urge to gain All of This Is True power If you think about it the governess is actually a nobody One of the younger children of an obscure countryreacher and a female to boot not much going for her beyond some homeschooling rivately bred is there and now she is suddenly at the helm of an entire household and uite a wealthy one at that but her charming seductive employer wants no contact with her She is at the helm all on her ownsome uite a situation for an inexperienced young country girl to find herself inWayne C Booth a well known lit crit has said In English alone I have counted before I got too bored to go on than five hundred titles of books and articles about The Turn of the Screw and since it has been translated and discussed in dozens of other languages the total must yield than a lifetime s ossible readingso yeah there s been a lot of gabble about this little story and the interesting Voltron: Legendary Defender part is that hardly anyone seems able to agree on what the story actually says James has been very subtle and clever Even in hisreface and in his responses to readers of the story he did not give the game away Indeed he says in his Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Volume 9 preface that the reader s own imagination his own sympathy and horror will supply him uite sufficiently with all thearticulars Ha and so it has Clinical Guide to Gluten-Related Disorders proved to beStart of SPOILER section Here are some of the variations on interpretations of how the screw really turnsview spoiler1 A straight Ghost story reading In this version the ghosts are real ghosts and everything the governess says is reliable and true2 A variety of ironic readings According to the most cynical versions the governess is cruel and egocentric she either made the whole thing up to get attention or used a fiction of seeing ghosts to try and gain the status of a heroine and to make the master of Bly whom she is in love with take notice of herOther readings are cynical of actual ghosts but sympathetic towards the governess in interpreting the ghosts as illusions seen by the governess Some feel that these illusions are theroduct of a diseased mind or of a madwoman some feel that they are the roducts OF HER HYSTERIA BROUGHT ON BY her hysteria brought on by sexual longing for the master of Bly Some of the ironic readings are mixed Some eople say that the whole thing was a A Spring Betrayal prank by the children or the servants or even an attempt by Mrs Grose to drive the governess mad so that Mrs Grose could have herosition back as head of the Bly householdIn any case this was my first take on the story before I had read all the hundreds of interpretations out thereMy impression of the children s uncle the governesses charming extravagant seductive employer was what a douchebag The typical tycoon who extricates himself from his interpersonal responsibilities with cash Set the oor little orphans up in a nice comfortable mansion with a string of servants and he doesn t have to know that they existI uite enjoyed the Marxist critiue of the story and of course no Marxist would have any charitable feelings towards our dashing rich aristocrat who so blithely consigns eople to nothingness banishing them from his sphere of consciousness like ants At first I was entirely sympathetic towards the governess With her first sighting of uint although I thought the whole set up of how she spotted him was eerie and strange I initially suspected that uint might be a ghost though one isn t entirely sure this is how subtle James is I thought he might ossibly be a erson lurking around the lace in a sinister way The thing that caught me there was that she was walking around thinking and daydreaming about her employer and wishing he "Would Appear And Lo "appear and lo man did appear However like the governess says not uite the man she had wanted to appearThose who argue in favor of actual ghosts say that the fact that Mrs Grose could identify him roves that he was really the ghost of uint However she has only the governess word to go on and recall the governess s initial vagueness about how he looked When first asked to describe him she says that he looks like nobody That rather shook me in a weird way It was my first indication that all might not be uite right with the governess s mind The second sighting at the dining room really impressed me Wow One of the best and weirdest Kissing Another Grimaldi (Bovaghnian Rogues pieces of fiction I had read in a long long time There s so much in that little scene First the way she sees him suddenly through the window looking in Even if he were a realerson coming suddenly upon a stranger looking in on your Romanticism and the Rise of English privacy like that must give anybody uite a turn Note that she then realizes that he is not looking for her She sounds almost a bit disappointed about that but how does she know that How does she know who he is looking for Then the nextart is so well done I read governess s Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery problem as being one of ego and narcissism Like we ve said nobody ever takes any notice of her even the children don t take much notice of her they merely seem to humor her while they re actually living in their own little world But the children had adored uint and Jessel as we have heard by nowSo what does she do Just like a jealous stepmother she goes out anduts herself in her Justin - Geliebter Kater predecessor slace She literally replaces her redecessor s image and osition with her own by going around to where he had stood and she literally says in the story It was confusedly Der Unterschied: Was den Mensch zum Menschen macht present to me that I ought tolace myself where he had stood I did so I applied my face to the ane and looked as he had looked into the room As if at this moment to show me exactly what his range had been Mrs إذا كنت من عشاق روايات الرعب والأشباح فإليك برواية دورة اللولب للأديب الأمريكى هنرى جيمس والتى تعتبر من أشد قصص الأشباح عمقاً وامتلاكاً للشعور، وقد صدرت ترجمة هذه الرواية للعربية لأول مرة ع. .
Rose as I had done for himself just before came in from the hall This dreamscape like scenario lends itself to some very interesting Freudian and Jungian interpretations indeed In the Freudian view ok there are a few actually uint and Jessel s relationship forms an inversion of the governess and her employer s relationship Jessel and this is also Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) part of the Marxist interpretation had taken a step down when she fell in love with a mere servant whereas the governess s ambition goes upward towards her employerThis replacement theme features very strongly in the story note the schoolroom scene where Jessel replaces the governess by sitting in her chair at her desk I uote she had looked at me long enough to appear to say that her right to sit at my table was as good as mine to sit at hers While these instants lasted indeed I had the extraordinary chill of feeling that it was I who was the intruderTo me the scaryart is the implication that both uint and Jessel are rojections by the governess of repressed aspects of her own sycheBut the scariest interpretation is reading the governess as a Principios de economía política psychoticaranoid schizophrenic If one reads the story as if this was a given it s very very creepy with the governesses Aunt Jane's Nieces psychosis gradually growing to such hugeroportions that even the long suffering Mrs Grose takes fright and removes little Flora as uickly as she can There are some eople who feel that the governess murdered Miles on urpose but my ersonal reading was sympathetic towards her I thought that she had erhaps only smothered Miles in her zealous embrace Note that she does say I caught him yes I held him it may be imagined with what a Beneath the Moors and Darker Places passion So she wasn t just giving him a friendly light uick little hug there She was sueeezing theoor tyke I had of a feeling that she was a Lascia che sia felice person whose mind was slowly coming apart I felt she was aerson who clung to the children as being her only justification for being someone in the world they gave her life meaning and it is via being their governess that she is at the helm of the household at Bly I felt her worst fault was a histrionic narcissistic type of This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor problemNote heranic at Miles s reuests to be returned to school how she fences with him She seems terrified of him leaving Bly of him escaping from her grasp because surely then her status We'll Make It Through part of her whole reason for being would be diminishedI also found that the governess kept seeming to read Mrs Grose s reaction incorrectly Did Mrs Grose really want to kiss her And all along didn t theoor Mrs Grose simply comply with whatever ridiculous claims the governess came up with just so that she wouldn t anger this madwoman andor wouldn t run the risk of losing her The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy position at Bly After all the governess wasut in charge of the household and therefore she might have the ower to fire Mrs Grose or at least have her fired It s only at the end after Flora couldn t take the governess excesses any that Mrs Grose managed to scrape together enough guts to stand up to the governess in trying to rotect The Age of Apollyon poor FloraThere are those who see a lot ofederasty in the story between uint and Miles and some eople even between Jessel and Flora I must admit that I originally also thought that there was at least than friendship between uint and Miles because that would fit in nicely with the reason why Miles was expelled It would then make sense that he robably said to those that he liked either that he likes them or loves them or even that he would like to to Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples put in Victorian language try out a bit of buggery with themJames hadut Miles s reaction so beautifully He looked in vague ain all round the top of the room and drew his breath two or three times over as if with difficulty He might have been standing at the bottom of the sea and raising his eyes to some faint green twilight Well I said things Later on I was not so sure anyAs for ederasty between the governess and the children some have suggested that she felt a The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 pederasticassion for Miles and I must admit that the lines We continued silent while the maid was with us as silent it whimsically occurred to me as some young couple who on their wedding journey at the inn feel shy in the The National Debt: A Short History presence of the waiter He turned round only when the waiter had left us Well so we re alone do seem rather suggestive of this Though I feel one can t be certainThe fireside narrator from the intro to the story Douglas was I think aoor fool who was taken in by the governess and believed her storiesThat s or less how I saw the thing fitting together but of course there are a many other interpretationsIn the Marxist interpretation class differences are explored The children are scorned by their upper class eers because they dared to lower themselves by mixing with the servants as represented especially by uint The governess sees uint as a horror because he is of the lower classes and Jessel as an evil woman because she lowered herself by falling in love with a servantIn the Freudian interpretation you can of course expect it to be all about sex and repressed subconscious desires I must admit that James either consciously or subconsciously used some sexual imagery uint is associated with the tower obviously hallic and Jessel is spotted by the lake the latter of which is often see as a symbol for the womb Also while Jessell appears to the governess at the lake Flora is engaged in sticking a hallic iece of wood into a hole in another iece of wood Heh hide spoiler I hate when I don t love a classic It makes me feel stupid like I m too ignorant to comprehend literary brilliance I m articularly disappointed in myself for not loving A Turn of the Screw because I m such a huge fan of all things ghastly and Gothic And this is bothBut it s true I didn t care for it The governess appears seemingly out of thin air lacks ersonality or any believable motivation Her obsession with the children is either utter nonsense or erversely sexual Neither option is welcomed The children themselves never demonstrate behavior to suggest they are genuinely charming or Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde particularly sinister Most egregious the baroue language misses an opportunity to be indulgent on eerie atmosphere and haunting description Instead it all comes across ratherlainMuch of the academic admiration is around James carefully crafted structure which invites two interpretations Either the apparitions are real or are they are manifestations of the governess s disturbed mind Either are the manifestations of the governess s mind Either children are angels or demons Dialogue and details are intentionally vague to allow both interpretations and allegedly this is what makes the book so goodI didn t see it that way Ambiguity can be used with great success to create a sense of mystery and suspense But in this case I find it irksome Why are the characters behaving so stupidly Why are their motivations so senseless Did I miss a Karneval, Vol. 4 page somewhereGiven the scant details around the governess s background and her inhuman obsessions I might argue that she is a ghost herself I m sure I could hunt down sentences to back up this unconventional theory There srobably an argument to be made that she s a space alien Or that the whole thing is a bizarre dream It might be a fun The Hiding Place project to see how manyeculiar interpretations can be made from emphasizing indistinct lines in different ways I would do it but honestly one read through is enoughAll this said I do think it is indisputable how influential this novella has been on Gothic literature for the ast 100 years I know my critical reaction is a minority opinion on this one If you re a fan lease add a comment and help me understand what I m missing Redonkulous Where s my SPOOKY I mean I thought I d get a few good jump scares out of a book with ossessed children in it You know what didn t happen not even once while I was listening to this book THISI m not sure why my teenage self thought The Turn of the Screw was worth 4 stars but my older than teenage self certainly doesn tOn the surface it seems like this should be a winner for me in the classic department short scary short But it was kinda crap So the gist is that this governess is seeing the spirits of these two eople One was th 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 The Elephants Journey 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 andretty 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 Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' pleaseroves to be a vulnerability that as she tries to shield and rotect she actually uts 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 Changing Face of the Hero 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 haveossibly done to deserve this level of embarrassing The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry 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 othereople who have been associated with the children in the StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story past She cross examines the housekeeper and carefully the children ferreting out bits andieces of information that leave a murky It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life picture in her mind The reluctance which everyone shows in speaking about theast makes the governess and suspicious that something Lignin Biodegradation potentiallyerplexing lies in the truth She starts to see dead Pure Chance 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 torotect the innocence of the children but maybe what she should have been worried about was The Lady and the Lionheart protecting her own innocence It becomes a game of ignoring thesehantoms 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 eople were obsessed with the children when they were aliv. ن مكتبة الانجلو المصرية بالاشتراك مع مؤسسة فرانكلين للطباعة والنشر، واشترك كل من الروائى ثروت اباظة والشاعر عبدالله البشير فى ترجمتها فى منتصف القرن الماضى، وها هى تصدر فى طبعة جديدة منذ أي. ,

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E The uestion becomes what do they want with the children now Of course without confirmation of the existence of these supernatural events from other Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church 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 wonderfulart is that even at the time I A (kinda) Country Christmas perfectly knew I was But I gave myself up to it it was an antidote to anyain and I had ains than one Scholars have debated whether the governess was actually seeing the hantom manifestations or not There is certainly a desperation to how she attempts to rotect 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 ast intruding on the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 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 justlaying 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 sychological 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 age at There is a Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism presumption that a book if written concurrent with a certain timeeriod during which a ruler of notable longevity reigned and originating from an area of the world long known during that time Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory period inarticular for an effusiveness of style in excess of that which may be at a minimum absolutely reuired to convey a Charming the Firefighter particular message or idea may on occasion if notredominantly 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 onderous overwrought and in the main at least with respect to the general opulation and in Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales particular those of the Twitter generation overly wordyIf you enjoyed thereceding 152 word sentence you will likely enjoy The Turn of the Screw If you didn t make it The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles past the first 140 characters you ll want to avoid it unless your appetite for unintentional double entendres surpasses your dislike of egregiouslyrolix rose as the narrator s aptitude for inadvertently making it sound as though she is engaged in articularly inappropriate Afternoon Delight style undertakings with her young male charge is rodigious and nigh Funkeian I seemed to float not into clearness but into a darker obscure and within a minute there had come to me out of my very ity the appalling alarm of his Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War perhaps being innocent It was for the instant confounding and bottomless for if he were innocent what then on earth was I A young governess accepts aosition in a beautiful estate in the English countryside in Essex The cosmopolitan uncle entrusts his niece and nephew into her hands and asks not to be disturbed under any circumstances Bly is enormous the acres endless the house full of corridors and closed doors Our unnamed narrator couldn t be happier Flora and Miles couldn t be lovelier And then darkness arrives A man standing on a tower a woman in black standing by the lake A strange song and a face at the window I could only get on at all by taking nature into my confidence and my account by treating my monstrous ordeal as a ush in a direction unusual of course and unpleasant but demanding after all for a fair front only another turn of the screw of ordinary human virtue Having recently watched for the tenth time the marvelous 1961 film The Innocents I thought that it was time to read one of Henry James most controversial works once again I always choose this as a art of my summer readings Its sultry atmosphere soon becomes eerie its underlying sensuality grows within an environment of secrets and charged sexual tension Suffocating and enticing cryptic and Žemyn galva į Australiją provoking Challenging Hungry The uestions are many Is everything real Is the young woman imagining things Has she created a world of her ownrojecting her frustrations upon the innocents Or has she found herself in a whirlwind of lust and obsession orchestrated by two malevolent spirits who use the children as vessels and instruments Each reader needs to draw hisher own conclusions James is not a writer who rovides every solution at the end of his works Even daily mundane issues and snapshots of ordinary life acuire a different colour in each novel The Turn of the Screw is in a league of its own The summer had turned the summer had gone the autumn had dropped upon Bly and had blown out half our lights The lace with its gray sky and withered garlands its bared spaces and scattered dead leaves was like a theater after the Último asalto performance all strewn with crumpledlaybills Whatever your expectations may be James created one of the best if not THE best Gothic novels of all time Uniue descriptions commanding atmosphere a background full of contrasts and dark imagery The idyllic estate that changes when night falls Two charming gifted children that seem rather fascinated with Death a housemaid that to rotect every secret of charming gifted children that seem rather fascinated with Death a housemaid that seems to every secret of house The Turn of the Screw defined the Gothic genre and aved the way for the trope of the Haunted House that is still extremely I Only Say This Because I Love You: How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break Family Relationships Throughout Our Lives popular More than ever in fact Whispers apparitions murmurs nightly windows shadows a troubled young woman who wants to help and understand Add desire and aotential incestuous relationship lurking in the future and you have a timeless storyI read this novella when I was 17 It frustrated me because I was impatient wanting to have every answer delivered on a silver late We discussed the hell out of it in university and I fell in love I understood that the majority of the finest books written create uestions when their final age is turned It was this work that gave birth to my fascination with dubious closures Now no matter how many times I have read it its magnetism stays strongAnd I am one of those who side with the heroine I firmly believe that it was all true There are many dark forces around us and beyond us Who s to say for certain I take up my own Conta and Boehme Porcelain Identification and Value Guide pen again theen of all my old unforgettable efforts and sacred struggles To myself today I need say no Large and full and high the future still opens It is now indeed that I may do the work of my life And I will My reviews can also be found on WORDS WORDS WORDS IS THE HOUSE HAUNTED WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS IS SHE CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS ARE THEY ALL CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS NO IT MUST BE HAUNTED WORDS WORDS WORDS NO SHE MUST BE CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS CRAZY WORDS SICKNESS WORDS WORDS WORDS DEATH THE END Turn of the Screw is a retty cool story It s about a governess who either heroically attempts to rotect her two charges from malevolent ghosts or goes dangerously bonkers James leaves it ambiguous and I love that kind of story Ambiguity works for me Four stars for the lot Kindof an abrupt ending thoughOn the other hand there s his writing style I was at this arty once an Me at 50%And 75% And 90% I was actually really excited to read this classic Henry James novella a gothic ghost story J.R.R. Tolkien 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 anyroblems or concernsShe s acked 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 The Turn of the Screw is another classic I have been meaning to read for years I didn t know much about it but it has come up a lot lately in my Goodreads discussions and other books I have read I was surprised to find out that it is a gothic horror story Not really sure what I was expecting but I guess I just had the stereotypical classic novel with eople in old clothes with an antiue setting on the cover I know I know bad Matthew Don t judge a book by its coverThis book reminded me a lot of The Haunting of Hill House and Rebecca The setting is dark and mysterious there may or may not be supernatural elements in Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo play and you are suspicious of thelot and characters the whole time I think the writing is retty accessable despite being a classic book I know that some I have encountered are difficult to get into not because of a bad lot just because the writing is flowery and confusing overwritten may be a good word to use In this case the writing does a very good job setting the tone and developing the charactersI cannot say that the final resolution was my favorite It felt uite sudden and I really thought I had missed something or not understood what happened However after reading a summary of the story online I realized I understood it just fine So for me this book was a great journey with a so so endingI recommend this book to horror fans specifically if you like ghosts and haunted houses Also if you are trying to ad your classic reading resume this is a decent one to try And since it isn t too long it is not too much of a commitment. ام ضمن سلسلة ميراث الترجمة التى يشرف عليها الدكتور مصطفى لبيب عن المركز القومى للترجمة بمقدمة ضافية للدكتور ماهر شفيق فريد فى محاولة مهمة وضرورية لتنفض تراب الإهمال عن تراث أدبى نفيس نمتلكه. .