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Henry James : The Turn of the Screw (Penguin Popular Classics)

Author: Henry James
Title: The Turn of the Screw (Penguin Popular Classics)
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Published in: English
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 121
Date: 1998-10-30
ISBN: 0140620613
Publisher: Penguin Books
Weight: 0.04 pounds
Size: 0.16 x 4.37 x 7.13 inches
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The narrator is a young governess, sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children. She finds a pleasant house and a comfortable housekeeper, while the children are beautiful and charming. But she soon begins to feel the presence of intense evil. Review
The story starts conventionally enough with friends sharing ghost stories 'round the fire on Christmas Eve. One of the guests tells about a governess at a country house plagued by supernatural visitors. But in the hands of Henry James, the master of nuance, this little tale of terror is an exquisite gem of sexual and psychological ambiguity. Only the young governess can see the ghosts; only she suspects that the previous governess and her lover are controlling the two orphaned children (a girl and a boy) for some evil purpose. The household staff don't know what she's talking about, the children are evasive when questioned, and the master of the house (the children's uncle) is absent. Why does the young girl claim not to see a perfectly visible woman standing on the far side of the lake? Are the children being deceptive, or is the governess being paranoid? By leaving the questions unanswered, The Turn of Screw generates spine-tingling anxiety in its mesmerized readers.

Reviews: Brooke276 (USA: CO) (2008/01/26):
Little different cover, but otherwise fine....

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