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The Turn of the Screw (1898)

por Henry James

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The Turn of the Screw is s ghostly Gothic tale by Henry James. A masterpiece in ambivalence and the uncanny, The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a young woman who is hired as governess to two seemingly innocent children in an isolated country house. As the tale progresses she begins to see the ghost of her dead predecessor. Or does she? The story is so ambivalent and eerie, such a psychological thriller, that few can agree on exactly what takes place. James masters "the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy" in this chilling Victorian classic.… (mais)
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Listed to on CD Flo Gibson is a not a good reader ( )
  MAR67 | May 5, 2021 |
I've read The Turn of the Screw in the past, and though I don't often re-read books, the recent Netflix adaptation inspired me to come back to it. And, it was an interesting experience. Henry James is a master of the uncanny and the eerie, when he chooses to be, and even all these years after The Turn of the Screw was first published, the sense of ungroundedness in this book is still such a powerful thing. All through the book, it's difficult to know what's real and what's not, who to trust and who can't be believed. And yet, from moment to moment, the discomfort the reader feels is built from just how realistically this story is presented. All these years later, that style and power remain undiminished.

This is one of those reads that, I suspect, can only truly be experienced to its full potential once. What I mean by that is that the first read has such incredible power--so many twists, eerie moments, and surprises--there's no way to unremember what you've once read. Even though I hadn't read this book for more than a decade, coming back to it was both familiar and unfamiliar--but I couldn't revisit that first reading experience, and the horror and fascination I felt upon first discovering it. Was it still a powerful, worthwhile read? Absolutely. It just wasn't the same as it once was. Perhaps that can be said for most books, but because of the eerie, unfolding progression of this book, I suspect it's more true for this book than most others.

This book is so well-known, what more can be said? If you haven't yet read this book, you should.
  whitewavedarling | Apr 11, 2021 |
The Turn of the Screw was a quick delve into what was considered one of the first ghost stories. Henry James delivered this novella in serial version in the late 1880's and his writing takes some getting used to, what with the constant clarifications and interjections between the commas. For example: "I could only get on at all by taking “nature” into my confidence and my account, by treating my monstrous ordeal as a push 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."
It's an elaborate style but seems to add to the tale being told by an unnamed governess given the charge of two young children , Flora and Miles. Their uncle, her employer, has no desire to raise his newly orphaned niece and nephew, and in fact wants no communication from her on how it's going. Soon she discovers that Miles has been expelled from school and more shockingly, there seem to be visions of two dead, former employees of the country house known as Bly. From here the story explores the governess' struggle to try and wrest the children away from the pull of these ghosts. The most interesting aspect of the novel is the dueling consideration whether this is a horror story or a character study of mental illness. Are the ghosts real or a figment of her imagination? You choose.

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There was nothing in me there that didn’t meet and measure him. . . . I had, thank God, no terror. And he knew I had not.”

The best way to picture it all is to say that I was off my guard. They
gave me so little trouble—they were of a gentleness so extraordinary. I used to speculate—but
even this with a dim disconnectedness— as to how the rough future (for all futures
are rough!) would handle them and might bruise them.

I daresay
I fancied myself, in short, a remarkable young woman and took comfort in the faith
that this would more publicly appear. Well, I needed to be remarkable to offer a front
to the remarkable things that presently gave their first sign.

He has red hair,
very red, close-curling, and a pale face, long in shape, with straight, good features
and little, rather queer whiskers that are as red as his hair. His eyebrows are, somehow,
darker; they look particularly arched and as if they might move a good deal. His eyes
are sharp, strange—awfully; but I only know clearly that they’re rather small and
very fixed. His mouth’s wide, and his lips are thin, and except for his little whiskers
he’s quite clean-shaven. He gives me a sort of sense of looking like an actor.”

It was like fighting with a demon for a human soul, and
when I had fairly so appraised it I saw how the human soul—held out, in the tremor
of my hands, at arm’s length—had a perfect dew of sweat on a lovely childish forehead. ( )
  novelcommentary | Mar 28, 2021 |
I don't like gothic literature at all
  trotta | Mar 5, 2021 |
3.5 stars

This is a perfect ghost story. It slowly and continuously gets more creepy and has that vague way of doing things to keep you guessing even after it's over. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
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Det rör sig om en av världslitteraturens otäckaste berättelser. Otäck inte bara för att det som händer är otäckt utan för att man inte riktigt vet vad som händer – och har hänt.
 

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James, Henryautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Armitage, RichardNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Benjamin, VanessaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Binnendijk-Paauw, M.G.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Buckley, RamónTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Cialente, FaustaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fyhr, MattiasPrefácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hazenberg, AnneliesTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Klingberg, OlaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lydis, MarietteIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Thompson, EmmaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Van Doren, CarlIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Vance, SimonNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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'The Turn of the Screw' holds a unique place in the canon of Henry James's fiction. (Introduction)
This perfectly independent and irresponsible little fiction rejoices, beyond any rival on a like ground, in a conscious provision of prompt retort to the sharpest question that may be addressed to it. (Preface)
The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child.
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The Turn of the Screw is s ghostly Gothic tale by Henry James. A masterpiece in ambivalence and the uncanny, The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a young woman who is hired as governess to two seemingly innocent children in an isolated country house. As the tale progresses she begins to see the ghost of her dead predecessor. Or does she? The story is so ambivalent and eerie, such a psychological thriller, that few can agree on exactly what takes place. James masters "the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy" in this chilling Victorian classic.

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