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The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Essays in Criticism | Henry James
One of literature's most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do -- a complete feeling of dread and uncertainty.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Readinhighschool 📚📚📚
#GratefulReads

I miss those glorious, no responsibility days. I just thought I wanted to adult!!

AmyG When we are young we want to be older. When we are older we want to be younger. 😳 3w
veritysalter I love this story - I loaned it to my mother this month, she told me she “preferred the film” 😢 3w
OriginalCyn620 Same! I‘ve never read this book though! 3w
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WriterAtHeart
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Mehso-so

I really wished I liked reading horror stories. Love the genre as movies and TV shows, but books, I am just okay with them.

The story line was easy to follow, but I felt like it was lacking excitement. And I wasn't satisfied with the ending because it seems very abrupt.

Chrys I‘m glad to see someone else who felt the same as I did about this one. I know it is a classic, but it just didn‘t work for me. 4w
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thebluestocking
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Mehso-so

This was a bit of a slog, even though it‘s pretty short. While atmospheric for sure, I didn‘t find it particularly scary; I just wanted to know what was happening. I did like it more after reading several articles and theories about it. There are reasons this endures. #serialreader

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Come-read-with-me
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#manicmonday. 📚Turn of the Screw. 🎬Ghost. 🎼 Unchained melody (probably because of the movie)

JoScho Thanks for playing 💕👻 2mo
sharread Ghost busters. 2mo
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LaraS
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Mehso-so

Not quite what I was expecting...I suspect there are parts of this book that go right over my head. Well, at least it's one more I can cross off my #screamathon list.

4thhouseontheleft 🎃👻 2mo
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k.reads
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Mehso-so

Eh. I liked it better after reading this New Yorker article:
www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/ever-scarier-on-the-turn-of-the-screw/amp

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DGRachel
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Pickpick

Decided to listen to this today since it‘s short and counts for MountTBR. I last read it in college where I remember it being creepier and there being a level of uncertainty surrounding whether the governess was mad or the house and children were haunted. On audio, for some reason, it seems much less questionable and even more sad. Still a pick, because it‘s Henry James, but I kind of wish I had not reread it. #screamathon

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shadowspeak17
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️
I didn‘t care for this. I found it wordy and difficult to read. It‘s presented as a story within a story, but then it never goes back to the first story which I thought was a strange choice. The narrator goes on and on about how beautiful the children are to an excessive degree that got really old really fast. And not much else happened. Maybe I‘m just missing something, but I don‘t think this was for me. 🤷🏽‍♀️

#booked2019 #publicdomain

Scochrane26 I think that‘s just how Henry James writes. I‘ve read What Maisie Knew, which I liked, but it was very wordy & confusing at times. 2mo
Hazel2019 Awww 🐱 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job, even though it was so yuck! 2mo
LauraJ Your cat doesn‘t look too thrilled with it either! 😾 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A modern adaptation of The Turn of the Screw. Steven Spielberg also serves as an executive producer. It will star Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson, scheduled to be released on January 24, 2020.

Will try to read it this month. You read this not long ago @batsy . Are you officially afraid now? 😁 Trailer here:
https://screenrant.com/turning-movie-2020-trailer/amp/

AmyG I just saw the trailer for this. Not too sure. I am thinking the book is better. 🤣 (edited) 2mo
batsy I can't watch the trailer at the moment but I'm so curious! Thanks for the heads up 🙂👻 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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batsy
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Holy #spinsterlit, Henry James! The Turn of the Screw is definitely not the frightening story I expected it to be, though it was disquieting & troubling in many aspects. Victorian morality, childhood innocence, claustrophobia, hysteria, & displaced feelings all converge in this deliberately cryptic, ambiguous tale. James' ornate, labyrinthine sentences will either drive you nuts or make you ignore your phone & read with rapt attention 🙃

4 ⭐

batsy The intro to this edition says that Oscar Wilde described this as "a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale" which is quite lovely. Lurid & poisonous ... yes. (Pic above because that child on the Cadbury tin disturbs me a little ?) 2mo
TrishB 😂 that child is a bit disturbing!! 2mo
quirkyreader Does this one have the light green spine. 2mo
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Billypar I just finished Daisy Miller, but I think I would have liked this better! 2mo
teainthelibrary Haha I love the hashtag #spinsterlit :) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll stay away from that child on the tin! 😂 Thanks for reminding me of Henry James..will read it for this month. 🙂 2mo
Nute I must remember to call his sentence structure ornate and labyrinthine...this makes me smile. I love it! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review.... “ ornate labyrinthine sentences “ I love this description. I read Washington Square years ago & put in on kindle to read again .... 2mo
Leftcoastzen I love your review , you nailed his style ,sometimes I have read him, soft smile on my face, wrapped in a blanket of his subtle detailed description of another era, his era, where a touch of a mans gloved hand to the sleeve of a young woman‘s coat held great significance.I have not read everything, love The American ,Washington Square, & The Golden Bowl (it was a wow for me)I have not read “Screw” or “Miller” because teachers make you read those😂 2mo
batsy @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm Something there behind that smile 😆 2mo
batsy @quirkyreader No, it doesn't. Just the same white as the cover. 2mo
batsy @Billypar I need to read that one! 2mo
batsy @Nute @Cathythoughts Haha, yes his sentences are twisty, turny, elaborate things 🙂 2mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Haha! Assigned reading can be a bummer sometimes 😆 I love your description of how it feels like to read him! ❤️ Every moment definitely feels significant; my brain needs to adjust from the way in which it takes in stuff these days on the internet to a different mode of engagement. 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve heard his style gets more and more labyrinthine as his books progress in publication. I read The Wings of the Dove a few months ago and had to read it seemed every sentence twice if not three or four times! 😣 2mo
LeahBergen Isn‘t it a bizarre read?? 😮 2mo
batsy @Ruthiella Oh, that seems quite difficult! That's why I've been holding off on the long books. I feel like I will need some undisturbed time. Henry James seems like a vacation read, but not a beach one, more like an isolated cabin by the woods-type read 😆 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen So weird and strange! 2mo
LeahBergen You might be interested in this book I just bought last week. I‘m hoping to get to it soon! 2mo
Graywacke Love that Oscar Wilde quote. Great review. James intimates me. I would need more than a vacation to get to him. (But, I still hope to!) 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Ooh, thank you! Never heard of it & sounds great. Such a shame it seems to be out of print. Look forward to hearing what you think of it. I'm also keen to check out this one 2mo
batsy @Graywacke Thank you! He is intimidating indeed. 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen The Litsy blurb doesn't say it but apparently Florence & Giles is a take on the Turn of the Screw. 2mo
Sace I read this about 20 years ago and I don't remember a thing about it but those long, labyrinthine sentences that drove me nuts. It wasn't a fun experience for me. 2mo
batsy @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I can definitely understand that! I find with him I have to be in the right frame of mind and have lots of uninterrupted reading time. 2mo
twohectobooks Very late to this party but chiming in anyway. I‘ve read five James novels now, plus this and Daisy Miller which I think fall into the novella category. My love/hate is a 50/50 split for what I‘ve read so far, and sadly this one was on the hate side. I ended up reading it twice, first on my own and then for a class. The second time I appreciated it more but still hated it. Glad you enjoyed though! 2mo
batsy @twohectobooks I've only read this one and Washington Square so far, I think! I'm trying to remember if I've read anything else but I don't think so 😆 I enjoyed both. He does seem to be a pretty divisive author. 2mo
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shadowspeak17
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Somebody please explain to me why I thought it was a good idea to start a new book when I knew two library holds were about to come in. Why do I do this to myself? 🤦🏽‍♀️🙃 At least I picked a short one, I guess. 😅

batsy I just started this! James's sentences are so dense that I think his short books count as normal ones 😅 2mo
shadowspeak17 @batsy Hahaha, true. They are some very dense sentences. 😅 (edited) 2mo
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Christy2318
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TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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k.reads
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My new October plan is to read as many #hauntedhouse books I possibly can 🎃

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LisaMorr
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Mehso-so

Started great, very atmospheric: young governess sees ghosts and is very concerned for her two orphaned charges. But, for such a short book, there were just too many words...

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jackilynn
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Mehso-so

Not sure I was really a fan of this. I tried the audio and maybe that wasn't the best way to go. I did end up checking out a physical copy at one point & was pleasantly surprised by these wonderful illustrations.

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jackilynn
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It is getting to be that time of year again where it is perfectly acceptable to read as many spooky/scary stories as possible. I heard this will be the basis for season 2 of the Haunting of Hill House (renamed the Haunting of Bly Manor) so I figured now was the perfect time to give it a go.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

James could never be accused of being concise. He preferred stories that, as he put it, “embroidered the strange and sinister onto the very type of the normal and easy”. Or, to put it in words that an actual human would use, he liked it when the “ghosts” could easily be tricks of the mind, or something equally normal in day-to-day life. This is one of those. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-turn-of-the-screw-henry-james/

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Joshsandaker
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Mehso-so

This book has been on my TBR since I read about it in ‘Danse Macabre‘ about a decade ago. They‘re adapting it for the follow up to Netflix‘s ‘Haunting of Hill House‘, so I figured it was a good time to check it out. It had some good creepy moments, but other than those moments there really isn‘t much going on. It‘s a story within a story but it doesn‘t bookend with the “first” story and that bugged me. Felt like it should have. It was okay.

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rretzler
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Mehso-so

I was a little disappointed in this book. It was very wordy and “stretched-out”, so it didn‘t surprise me to find that it was originally published serially. The governess as an unreliable narrator was interesting, as was the ambiguity of what was happening with regards to her two small charges. Honestly it‘s somewhere between so-so and a pick - I can‘t stop thinking about the ambiguities, if only it hadn‘t been so wordy. 3.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

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nu-bibliophile
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Got some spinning and cooking done for the #bookfitnesschallenge
My sister said this book is creepy but my friends said it's not, so I thought it was time for me to read it and find out for myself.
@wanderinglynn

Caterina That's a lot of spinning, great job! I've heard mixed reactions to this book too, I'm interested to hear your thoughts! 7mo
Itchyfeetreader Wow 70 minutes!! Awesome job! 7mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft 70n minute spin, WOW!! 🙌 🙌 7mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 7mo
nu-bibliophile @Caterina Thank you and yes I'll post a review when I'm done with it. 7mo
dariazeoli Nice spinning! 💪 7mo
Clwojick Yummy! Your food looks delicious 7mo
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ElizaMarie
Mehso-so

So... I did like this one. But didn‘t love it (I wish there was a category between so so and pick) . Anyway all in all I‘m glad I read it :)

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ElizaMarie
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Some reading during lunch break :)

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New book to start

emmalouise1 I recently finished this book . I ignored all if the negative reviews and found myself really enjoying it . Happy reading 😘 8mo
ElizaMarie @emmalouise1 I actually haven‘t heard any reviews. My husband was telling me the second season of Haunting is Hill House will be loosely based on this. So I wanted to pick it up... I‘m excited to read this :) 8mo
emmalouise1 @ElizaMarie that's the reason I read it :) I also really enjoyed the haunting of hill house :) 8mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Mehso-so

So, Hank the Book Sniffer and I disagree on this one. While I thought the illustrations were lovely, the story was a whole lotta words for a whole lotta nothin‘. Talk about overly verbose! For a man who Faulkner supposedly said was the nicest old lady he ever met, he sure can‘t write women worth a damn.

Hank, on the other hand, found the bouquet of this 70 year old book entirely irresistible and gives it a
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ rating. #hankthebulldog

mreads ❤🐕 9mo
SleepyDragon The cover is worth 3 ⭐s alone. So lovely! 9mo
Ericalambbrown @NeesyBeth The illustrations are gorgeous, too. I can‘t believe I found this at a flea market for almost nothing. 9mo
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Jess_Franzino
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While I‘m not a huge fan of audio books (I can read the books at least two times faster than listen), I got Audible to listen while I do chores. Decided to start with “The Turn of the Screw” because the next installment of Netflix‘s “Hill House” takes place at the Bly House. Curious to see what they do with it. Either way, “The Turn of the Screw” is both haunting & heartbreaking. I almost cried at the end.

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Ericalambbrown
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I started the 1949 Heritage Press illustrated version of The Turn of the Screw that I got last week. The illustrations are 😍

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Ericalambbrown
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I have thing for old books, as many of you do. I can‘t pass a box, shelf, stack of books at garage sales, thrift stores, well . . . anywhere. I‘d rather have an old hardback book than a new paperback. Today I found this little lovely. It‘s a 1949 illustrated version of Henry James‘s The Turn of the Screw. I found it in a 50 cent box at a thrift store. The illustrations are gorgeous, as shown in the road to Bly Manor on the left.

Moony Oh wonderful! I love illustrated books. And the title is a tbr on my shelf, too. 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, I didn‘t really like this book, but I bet it would be really enhanced by spooky illustrations. 9mo
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JHgotham
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Oh yessss. Just heard the news that Netflix has renewed The Haunting of Hill House season 2!! This time it‘s based on the novel The Turn of the Screw. I‘m so excited for this homage to classic horror. 👻

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BookDragonNotWorm
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Mehso-so

I remember thinking I liked this years ago. Too verbose and ambiguous for my taste now. I suspect I was just young enough to be influenced by how I thought I was supposed to feel. I'm not going to micro-analyze themes, etc. I think James wasn't sure which direction would make a better story, so he left it for the reader to decide. Lame.

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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

Thanks again to @SerialReader for another interesting read!

Definitely different than what I was expecting as I was thinking this was a novella steeped in horror but instead it's an interesting but convoluted story that features gothic elements.

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And so the curtain falls on THE TURN OF THE SCREW. Loved seeing my amazing Grace Experience in this remarkable 2 person show. Guess her mother and I will just have to be groupies and follow her now to Massachusetts to see her morph from a 19th century governess who sees ghosts into a 21st century high school soccer star who sees...stay tuned. Next up for her is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah DeLappe‘s THE WOLVES, at Boston‘s Lyric Stage.

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vivastory
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I had a goal to read the tagged book last month, but life sidetracked me & #screwed up my plan. Maybe this weekend.
#Nofemmeber
@Cinfhen @Billypar

LeahBergen It‘s a bizarre little tale! 13mo
BarbaraBB Great choice. It‘s a great story too! 13mo
Cinfhen Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
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Billypar Perfect! I don't think I read this, but I owned a copy that included Washington Square, so I think my brain is fooled into thinking I have 👩‍👧‍👦😨 13mo
emilyhaldi I love this book 🤗 13mo
Gina Well played sir! Well played! 13mo
Liz_M Hahaha! 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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One of the more bizarre covers that have been used for this, one of the most well known #ghoststories in the classic cannon. (Not my edition, but I couldn‘t resist.) #litsyclassics @Sarah83

kathleenaflynn I can‘t help thinking readers drawn in by this cover would be disappointed. 14mo
Lcsmcat @kathleenaflynn Indeed! They‘d probably never pick up a Henry James book again! 14mo
Reviewsbylola I love covers like this. 😆 14mo
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kathleenaflynn Also laughing as I try to imagine what Henry James would have thought 14mo
rubyslippersreads Great cover! 😂 14mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 14mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Pickpick

Well that was a creepy little story that kept you guessing even after I finished the last page.... and no matter what truly happened, I can guess who‘ll be blamed. 👻

JazzFeathers Been on my TBR for ages, since a saw part of a film years ago. It was dark and moody film. I was really impressed. 14mo
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BookBelle84
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Mehso-so

I didn't entirely understand this. I felt the dialogue was very awkward and the ending didn't really solve anything or make any sense to me. They start the story as if it's a reading of someone's account of anhauting but they never go back to those characters. The idea was good it just wasn't organized well.

sprainedbrain I felt the same way! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
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erikgregersen
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I knew this was a classic ghost story, but a bit of me never really believed that Henry “let‘s explore consciousness” James could do something really scary. I was wrong. Also this is a great title, like if a slasher flick was called “Young Person Killed Every 10 Minutes.” #ghosts #HenryJames

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Did you guys see this recently? 👀 😂

readordierachel I'm against book damage, of course, but that is kinda wonderful 😂 1y
sudi 😂😂😂 1y
BiblioLitten Hey! Could you mail me your address at virgoarchana@gmail.com 1y
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BiblioLitten I have your address from the jb mail but I need to confirm. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage So funny!! 🤣👀🤣 👀 1y
Mamashep That is hilarious! 1y
SqueakyChu Love it! I think it‘s a great idea...especially for Halloween. 🎃 1y
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 1y
JennyM Lol 😂 1y
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I read Portrait of a Novel, brilliant by the way, & came away with an appreciation of the author‘s passion for Henry James‘ work as well as a better understanding of what his writing represented in the world of late 19th c. literature. I decided to reread some of his books starting with the tagged one. It‘s a short—121 pages—but entertaining story about a governess, her two young charges & ghosts. A taut psychological study with quite the ending.

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Ohhh, the possibilities! Nothing like a few secrets, a little mystery, and a hint of gothic romance in your early Tuesday morning Henry James.

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TracyReadsBooks
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“...Oscar Wilde declared it ‘a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale.‘”

Quite the recommendation!

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emilyhaldi
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A young Governess arrives at an old English estate for her new job caring for Miles and Flora. Once she notices the presence of a ghost, surely she was thinking #whydidithavetobeme who was sent to this haunted family! The shocking ending of this story will leave you hanging and wondering if there is indeed a ghost present, or perhaps something more sinister...

This reminds me that I need to get back to #SerialReader again!

#ABBAinApril

Cinfhen Nice!!! I‘m back on @SerialReader with Silas Marner but it‘s soooo boring 1y
Leniverse @Cinfhen Silas Marner has a lot of literary merit. It's perfect for university essays. Lots to analyse. But it's terribly boring, yes. 😂 1y
Reviewsbylola I wish I remembered this one more! 1y
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Mdargusch Stacking! Great blurb! 👍🏼 1y
myellenbee I've read this book several times and it always creeps me out. Classic horror. 1y
BarbaraBB This was such an unexpected scary book for me! 1y
Meredith3 Oooh ghosts! 👻 1y
ValerieAndBooks Looks like a good one to read during Halloween/fall !! 1y
Cinfhen THANK YOU @Leniverse 😘I feel vindicated 💕I can‘t go on... @Reviewsbylola suggested a different female author using male pseudonym so I‘m bailing on George Eliot 😀 1y
Leniverse @Cinfhen I feel like I should add that I loved Middlemarch, and quite liked The Mill on the Floss, so I don't advocate giving up on George Eliot altogether! 1y
emilyhaldi @Leniverse I swear I will read Middlemarch some day!!! @Cinfhen I will not be attempting Silas Marner anytime soon 🙅🏻‍♀️ 1y
Cinfhen Too late @Leniverse I‘ve 💯moved on 😊 1y
Leniverse @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen Middlemarch is forever. It will be there when you are ready for it. 1y
MaGoose Absolutely loved The Turn of the Screw. When this book was discussed in English courses in college, the profs (usually male, sorry you guys out there), said that the governess was an unreliable narrator. I think there's something else going on besides that. 1y
emilyhaldi @MaGoose yes for some reason, to me the story is almost even creepier if the cause of the terror is the narrators unreliability / insanity!! So I kind of wanted that to be the cause... perhaps bc it‘s more realistic (and therefore creepy in a relatable way) than the ghost story. 😬😬😬 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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Panpan

This was as tedious and twee as I remember from school. Some lovely turns of phrase in places (maybe Henry James should have turned to poetry?) but the story and characters just didn't hold my interest at all.

sprainedbrain I read this on Serial last year and wasn‘t impressed... I picked up this audio version on sale after that, thinking maybe Emma Thompson would change my mind. I haven‘t listened to it yet, but I‘m guessing probably not. 😂 1y
BarbaraBB I kind of liked this one. Then I read and was underwhelmed by his 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 20: an assigned book you hated
Had to read this for English Lit A level. Didn't like it. Maybe Emma Thompson can bring it to life.

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posierope
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The soundtrack to my cleaning this week. Finished the last one far too quickly so had to buy another one that was on sale...ooooops.

On the plus side, this has been on my #tbr for ages. Spoopy spook.

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dabbe
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Pickpick

A riveting ghost story.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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This atmospheric, ghostly tale with its unreliable narrator is a classic #horror story.
#litsyclassics

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