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The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw - Henry James 3.5 Stars

The Turn of the Screw was written in 1898 and first appeared in serial format in Collier's Weekly This was a time when life was lived at a slower pace and Ghost /Gothic Horror Stories were the Reality TV shows of to day and in order to read this book one must take them selves back in time and experience this as a reader in 1898 in order to get the most of the book.

I throughly enjoy good old fashioned Ghost Stories, and especially ones where the writer allows the reader come to their own conclusion as to what exactly happened in the story and I can imagine The Turn of The Screw created great discussion among readers back in the day. I loved the execution of this story as the sense of time and place is not overplayed and yet its presence is powerful and the carefully crafted eerie atmospheric is subtly clever.

While I liked the way the story is presented to the reader and I enjoyed the opportunity to draw my own conclusions, I think the author did not give the reader enough facts to do so and this was a bit disappointing and my reason for my rating on this short novel.

Having said that I enjoyed this short novel and it was perfect October/Halloween reading.