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Il fantasma di Canterville

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This is Oscar Wilde's tale of the American family moved into a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance its tired ghost. The family -- which refuses to believe in him -- is in Wilde's way a commentary on the British nobility of the day -- and on the Americans, too. The tale, like many of Wilde's, is rich with allusion, but ends as sentimental romance. . .
Paperback, I Racconti di Repubblica #2, 46 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Editoriale La Repubblica (first published May 29th 1887)
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The original Wilde Thing does it again... does one not love on Oscar Wilde when he's throwing down the this case, and in proper British fashion, against cocky, adolescent-cultured Americans and their starched-lip, tradition-trapped English cousins?

A bounty of clever from start to finish, Wilde's tale is charming, engaging and pitch-perfect.

For a story less than 30 pages long, Wilde accomplishes so much, using scalpel-like precision in both his language and his plotti
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
A Victorian ghost story by Oscar Wilde!
4.5 stars. Wilde deftly combines an occasionally grisly haunting, old-fashioned sentiment, a small droplet of romance, and a large helping of dry wit in this 1887 novella about a rather brash American family that buys a haunted mansion in Victorian England. This story makes fun of some British and American stereotypes of the day, but is oddly touching at the same time.

Mr Otis, the American Minister (whatever that means, or meant), moves his family into a m
Mohammed  Ali
Apr 06, 2017 Mohammed Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" .. هذه القصة سجل طريف للمحن التي ألمت بشبح قصر آل كانترفيل حين انتقل هذا القصر التاريخي إلى وزير أمريكا المفوض في بلاط سانت جامس .. "

رسالة من شبح :

ما معنى أن تكون شبحا ؟ .. نعم ما معنى ذلك ؟ .. كنت في يوم ما أسطورة، رعبا حقيقيا. كنت في يوم ما .. نعم .. نعم كنت، و لكن الأيام دول .. اسألوني أنا .. هل تريدون سماع حكايتي .. اقتربوا .. لا تخافوا فقد ولى زمن الخوف من الأشباح .

اسمي شبح كانترفيل .. و طبعا هذا إسم شهرتي .. ميت حي أو حي ميت لا أدري فالفارق عندي سواء منذ ثلاث قرون، ثلاث قرون أرعبت، خوّف
Jun 23, 2017 Praveen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely ghost story this was!
This turned out to be the cutest ghost story for me lately.I have read Wilde the novelist, this time his story also made a mark.
When an American minister bought Canterville Chase ( A British Mansion), everyone said it was a foolish decision because the place was haunted and there was no doubt in it. But the American minister believed and said that there was no such thing, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of nature are not going to be suspended for the Britis
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Apr 13, 2011 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Americans are brash, tacky, shallow, pompous, and they really, really like to talk about products and shop for products and use products. Odd theme for a scary tale, right? Well, it so happens that it fits quite nicely in the ghost story format. And this is not the only time this has happened.

You may not realize it, but I assure you that you already know the general plot and tone of this story: Biiiiiig city Americans (New Yorkers, in fact) move into a somewhat worn-down but charming estate in t
What a cute little story this was! Someone over at Booklikes recommended it to me, and I'm so glad I followed through.

The Canterville Ghost is not scary at all, but it IS funny and as the story goes on, rather pitiful. I found myself laughing at some portions and then all but shedding a tear towards the end.

This is a short story which is available for free, or at least this version is, at Amazon, and you can add the Audio for a nominal fee.

Apr 13, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denisse by: Lau
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #8 A funny book
And for my 2015 Reading Resolutions: 5 Classics

Wilde’s humor is very interesting, he is not sarcastic. A very funny book about American behavior and redemption. Short, light and entertaining.

Venga! Los americanos todo quieren comprar y que les compres XD fue lo más divertido de toda la historia, lo juro. Además que me gusta el toque divertido que le da Wilde al fantasma, cuando habla de todos las muertes que ha provocado y todas las desg
Jun 01, 2016 Josu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-1-junio
Para mí, un clásico que no ha estado a la altura. Me ha parecido una historia floja, que no profundiza ni en los conflictos ni en los personajes, y narrad de una manera convencional. Lo siento, no ha sido para mí.
Jason Koivu
Almost witless. By which I mean this is nearly free of wit.

That's a problem for Oscar Wilde, a writer whose career was based on his rapier wit. But I'm sorry fans, I just don't see it in The Canterville Ghost.

In this story we have your typical set up where Americans come to the UK, buy up a castle, ghost-included, and then proceed to dash away hundreds of years of well-cultivated English tedium. (And I like their tedium, so that was a drag...)

Wilde's commentary on stuffy Brits and cocky America
Carlos De Eguiluz
May 27, 2017 Carlos De Eguiluz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*Primera lectura: Algún día del invierno de ese terrible 2012.
*Segunda lectura: 27 de mayo del 2017.

Interesante, gracioso hasta cierto mórbido y extraño punto, entretenedor, y con un profundo y precioso significado.

Lo digo y lo diré siempre: leer a Wilde es una tremenda e irrepetible experiencia, todo un viaje por el que te conduce a través de sus letras.

Dios... la forma en que escribe... Disculpen amiguitos, pero se trata de uno de mis autores favoritos de quien les hablo, y no es de extrañar
Radwa Abdelbasset

ياعسل :D
القصة صغيرة جدًا لكن ضحكتني للغاية
خِفة دم الشبح وعائلة أوتيس عجبتني :')
قرأتها في أقل من ساعة، لكن كان وقت لطيف ^^
شكرًا للحاجات الصغننة إللي بتكون زي قطعة السكر.
Nickolas the Kid
Μόνο ο Όσκαρ Ουάιλντ θα μπορούσε να συνδυάσει σε ένα παραμύθι τόσα πολλά στοιχεία!!! Μεταφυσική γοτθική ατμόσφαιρα, σκωπτική διάθεση και ρομαντισμός!!!

Κι όλα αυτά σε ένα σχεδόν παιδικό παραμύθι...

Η Ιστορία του Φαντάσματος στο Κάντερβιλ είναι ακόμα ένα κομμάτι της ψυχής του μεγάλου συγγραφέα (όπως άλλωστε όλα του τα έργα) που το κατέθεσε μέσα από αυτό το όμορφο παραμύθι...

Απλά 5/5
Jim Ef
Mar 02, 2016 Jim Ef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Wilde's writing and humor. If you're looking for something short to read this Wilde's ghost comedy is the right thing for you.

Δεν ξέρω αν υπάρχει κάποιος που δεν του αρέσει ο Wilde. Θα μου πεις πως να μην μου αρέσει, όταν διαβάζεις ιστορίες σαν αυτήν εδώ. Η γραφή του είναι όπως πάντα λυρική, το χιούμορ του απλό και αθώο, και η ιστορία αν και στην αρχή δεν φαίνεται είναι πρωτότυπη.

Σε τούτη εδώ την ιστορία, έχουμε την πολύ κλασσική αρχή με μια οικογένεια να μετακομίζει σε ένα σπίτι που είνα
Apr 09, 2017 Israa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
أدق وصف ليها: حدوتة جميلة
هأضيفها للحواديت اللي هأحكيها لأولادي في يوم ^__^
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Nov 01, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of humorous supernatural fiction
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Colleen McGlashen
Now that was a good ghost story. It was refreshing. I loved the humor, but there was also pathos. I kind of liked the old crusty Canterville ghost, even though he was kind of evil. I loved how the Otis children turned the tables on him. And how Virginia felt sad for Sir Simon, and helped him to get closure.

This is the second story I've read by Oscar Wilde, and I must say, I am very impressed with his writing. His work has a depth, but an airy lightness to it, and a hard to define beauty to it.
Rinda Elwakil
من إصدارات دار الهلال، من الرعب القوطي الساخر.
ارتبطت قصص الرعب القوطي بزنازين العصور الوسطي و قلاعها و ممراتها و ، و سراديبها و سلالها المتعرجة و براريها الموحشة، بكل ما هو جامح و دموي و همجي وغالبا ما تشمل عنصراً خارقاً للطبيعة..

القصة تدعي شبح قصر كانترفيل، فمن الواضح أن هناك قصراً..و أن هناك شبحاً أرّق مالكيه علي مر العصور و أصاب بعضهم بالخبال و بعضهم بالرعب و ساهم في إبعاد العديد من خُدّام القصر بمجرد وصولهم للقصر..إلي أن تأتي أسرة أمريكية تقرر ابتياع القصر و شبحه متجاهلين تماما
Nov 25, 2016 Eirini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* Τι ωραίο παραμύθι!Και τι καημένο φαντασμα ήταν αυτο;Η ντροπή των φαντασμάτων,αλλά καλά να πάθει γιατί υπήρξε μεγάλο παλιοτόμαρο και στη ζωή του και τους αιώνες που ακολούθησαν μετά το θάνατό του.Κατατρόμαξε πολύ κόσμο μέχρι που βρήκε το μάστορα του στην οικογένεια αμερικάνων που ήρθε να μείνει στο Κάντερβιλ.Μια οικογένεια που δεν πιστεύει στα φαντάσματα και που ξέρει να τα βάζει στη θέση τους όταν εμφανίζονται.Οι σκηνές που το φάντασμα προσπαθεί να τους τρομάξει και πέφτει πάνω στην ψυχρή λ ...more
In Canterville Chase there is a misunderstood, unsuccessful ghost, who used to be very successful, until an American family, Otis, moved in. The Americans are portrayed in a peculiar manner. They have a fancy for materialim and American super products, and know nothing about the English etiquette. Wilde emphasized differences in culture by creating special characters and then pitting the "unsophisticated tastes" of the patriotic Americans - patriotic as their children are named Washington and Vi ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Kaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“He made me see what Life is, and what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both.”

Wilde and I hadn't agreed very well until I grew up. Better said, till last year. Today, I can say I'm a big fan of his work and this book is a great example of his talent and wit. It's amazing how many topics can be covered in a short story of only 40 pages. There is humor, morbidity, young love and tragedy.

A family from USA obtained a historic English mansion from the British Lord Canterville. Throug
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Antes que nada quiero que sepan que nunca había leído a Oscar Wilde en mi vida y gracias al #MaratónBooktastic eso cambió. Antes de leer El Fantasma de Canterville pensaba que me iba a encontrar una una historia de terror, una mansión embrujada, gritos y horrores, pero estaba muy equivocada.

El Fantasma de Canterville nos cuenta la historia de una familia estadounidense que se muda a Inglaterra y se quedan con una casa embrujada que nadie quiere: Canterville Chase. A la familia Otis, los america
Araz Goran
في الحقيقة توقعت أن تنتمي الرواية لأدب الرعب وذلك تبعاً لعنوانها ، وهي كذلك بالفعل إذ تعود إلى ادب الرعب القوطي المميز في مجال الرعب، الأجواء القوطية الكئيبة التي إنبثقت منها العديد من قصص الرعب الأولى، وخاصة ما يتعلق بالأشباح والقصور والمنازل المهجورة والتي ما تزال المادة الأكثر تناولاً في مجال الرعب.. بالنسبة لهذه الرواية فالموضوع مختلف نوعاً ما فهي تتناول قصة الأشباح بطريقة ساخرة طريفة مع الإبقاء على أجواء الرعب في رتم هادئ رومانسي شاعري يمثل مزيجاً مريحاً وراقياً بين الرعب والسخرية مع تراجيد ...more
For 300 years Sir Simon has successfully haunted and spooked everyone and anyone residing in his ancestral home, Canterville Chase, then the Otis family from America comes along and suddenly scaring isn’t coming so easily for Simon anymore.

I was in love with this story in the 7th grade and I had read and reread it a zillion times during junior high and high school. I had recently purchased a copy of the book as it has been many, many years since I have visited Canterville Chase. Last night was s
Apr 18, 2015 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretexto da aparição aziaga de um fantasma matreiro, Oscar Wilde passa revista aos valores mais elevados da vida – o amor e a morte, que se hostilizam numa relação imutável e que não perdoa.

Este conto, O Fantasma de Canterville , dá-se a conhecer numa escrita cuidada e fluente, que lhe empresta, primariamente, uma qualidade irrecusável. Lê-se de uma assentada e as respetivas ilustrações conotam a comédia, o terror e o fantástico, que se reúnem no concílio das palavras mestras do autor.
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
This was funny, gruesome, macabre and WISTFUL at the same time - all rolled into one little story. Leave it up to Oscar Wilde to write something as genius as this.

If you like ghosts, haunted mansions, and silly pranks. Pick this shortie.
Oct 28, 2016 Magdalen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.

Another excellent short story by my favourite Oscar Wilde.
Oct 18, 2012 Yani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adoro este cuento de Wilde (sí, a él también). El toque ácido de humor que sabe agregarle a las historias menos oscuras son geniales, como en La importancia de ser Ernesto , porque no pierden su función crítica.

No sé si contar de qué se trata porque a los clásicos como estos el argumento los precede pero, si de casualidad el posible lector de esta pequeña y nada objetiva reseña no lo sabe, allá voy. Una familia de norteamericanos se muda a un castillo en Inglaterra en donde habita un fantasma q
Michelle Cano
“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” <3
Milica Chotra
Oct 31, 2012 Milica Chotra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story about a haunted old mansion in the English countryside is not your typical ghost tale. The reason I picked it as one of my Halloween stories is the mention it gets in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House: (view spoiler) ...more
I really should read more of Oscar Wilde. This really delightful novella, which takes place at the estimable Canterville Chase, recounts the tale of what happens when a practical-minded American family buys a ghost-infested British estate. While gently satirizing both American and British customs (perhaps the Americans a bit more), Wilde provides a very sweet, yes sweet, ghost story, with humor, attempts at minor horror, and shows of love and devotion.

Highly recommended.
Jun 06, 2017 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. It was funny, scary, and sad all in the same book. Highly recommend!
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” 4669 likes
“Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.” 764 likes
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