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Oscar Wilde's timeless classic of an American family that buys a British manor -- complete with ghost! Filmed many times, its light tone and gentle chills continue to thrill new generations.
Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published October 4th 2009 by Public Domain Books (first published May 29th 1887)
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Nachiket Hattangadi I expected this book to be quite boring but actually it was pretty good. It's a little comic relief from the normal serious themes that writers take…moreI expected this book to be quite boring but actually it was pretty good. It's a little comic relief from the normal serious themes that writers take on.
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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
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Apr 19, 2011 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 27, 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
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
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 07, 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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Oct 18, 2010 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of humorous supernatural fiction
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) 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
Feb 29, 2016 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
Celeste Corrêa
Reconhecemos em "O Fantasma dos Canterville" os traços que caracterizam a escrita de Oscar Wild, como o humor, a sátira e os ambientes sombrios e as alusões ao sobrenatural, ao bizarro e ao insólito.

Os Otis, família americana a viver em Inglaterra , compram um castelo com todo o seu recheio, incluindo um fantasma, mesmo sendo advertidos previamente pelo proprietário, Lord Canterville, que o lugar está assombrado. Nada impressionado o embaixador americano Otis diz ao aristocrata inglês "venho de
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
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.
Milica Chotra
Mar 21, 2016 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
Nov 04, 2013 Stela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone with a sense of humour
When a three-century-old ghost meets some witty American kids – you have “Home Alone” all over again. When England meets America – you feel like re-reading “Le bourgeois gentillhomme”. In a word, when gothic meets savvy – eerie becomes comedy.
And this brilliant short story is just this: a tender polemic about cultural differences (English haunted-house mythology versus American down-to-earth vision of life) and a gentle parody of some celebrated Romantic themes and motives: the haunted spirit, t
Jun 02, 2013 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
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.
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
May 01, 2016 Roci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tuve que leer este libro para mi clase de literatura, lo cual obviamente me dio paso a prejuzgarle. Como ya todos hemos asumido, los libros y cuentos que se leen en Literatura son en general bastante aburridos, de esos que solo quieres terminar para hacer el maldito ensayo y escaparte del examen. Pero, para mi sorpresa, El Fantasma de Canterville terminó gustándome mucho.
Creo que esto es en gran medida por el hecho de haber trabajado un poco en clase; si bien todavía no llegamos a la fase de dis
Sam Quixote
I feel that I have to start this review almost apologetically by stating that I truly admire Oscar Wilde the person and utterly adore most of his work. Dorian Gray is a bona fide masterpiece, Earnest is immortal, and De Profundis is remarkably moving. I’ve read his stories since I was a child (I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read The Happy Prince) and he is one of the few classic writers whose work hasn’t aged a bit since he died. His books read as freshly today as they ever did because, ...more
قديما، وقبل إمكانية الحصول على دِش لمشاهدة القنوات الفضائية، وحينما كان الانترنت يعني تصفح البريد الإليكتروني وبرامج محادثة قليلة جدا وكان أغلبها يدعى غرف محادثة لا يمكن فيها بحال التحدث لنفس الشخص مرتين متتاليتين وربما انقطع اتصالك بالموقع اكثر من مرة، في ذلك الوقت حيث البساطة لمن عاصروا تلك الفترة وحيث التعقيد لأطفال اليوم وحيث يعد ما أقول دربا من الخيال بالنسبة لهم، كانت تسليتي أنا وأخي تكمن في أشرطة الفيديو .... فيشتري لنا والدي شرائط الكارتون من أمثال "ليدي ...ليدي" و"شهلة" و"سالي" و"كابتن ...more
I've read some of Wilde's other work, and in general I like it more than this; the first story, 'The Canterville Ghost', is kind of funny, making a comedy out of a ghost story, and some of it is genuinely funny. The second and third stories in this little collection, though, were more disappointing: 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' seems a pretty standard exercise in a story of self-fulfilling prophecy, and 'The Sphinx Without A Secret' was just kind of bloodless.

Still, Wilde's writing is always goo
Jan 24, 2013 Dem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde was published in 1887.

I really found this story a wonderful and entertaining read which contrasts American and British people and culture. The story is told from the viewpoint of Sir Simon, the ghost. This is a really short story and I found it humorous and yet enjoyed the stereotypical characters that represent both England and the United States. Wilde takes an American family, places them in a British setting, then, through a series of mishaps, pits one cul
Oliviu Craznic
„Fantoma din Canterville (OSCAR WILDE, The Canterville Ghost. A Hylo-Idealistic Romance, 1887; stilul funcțional: beletristic; curentul literar: decadentism; genul literar: epic; specia literară: nuveletă fantastică; subspecia literară: fantastic histrionic [industrial]). O familie pragmatică, tipic americană, se mută într-un conac bântuit, tipic englezesc, provocând grave umilinţe Fantomei locale, care nu reuşeşte cu nici un chip să îi înspăimânte pe practicii şi imperturbabilii străini, dar ca ...more
Volvió a encantarme<3.

Primer libro de este autor que me animo a leer, y me ha gustado muchísimo. Me encanta la manera en la que hace sus críticas, con humor. Quiero leer pronto El Retrato de Dorian Gray.
Oscar Wilde's wit is on display in this very funny and enjoyable short story. A rich American family buys an old, haunted English home and promptly insults and aggravates the 300 year old ghost to his utter amazement. They even insist on him using an American product called Rising Sun lubricant on his rusty, rattling chains so he doesn't disturb them on his nightly rounds. It's a satire on the shallow and pompous Americans and the stuffy, tradition laden English, with a touch of romance thrown i ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I find this kind of classic hard to read. This less so than most & there was a good deal of humor to it. It's obviously a classic & has been made into a bunch of movies, most worth watching.
Ian Laird
Mar 24, 2016 Ian Laird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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24 March 2016: minor grammatical edits.

The Canterville Ghost is a well-known ghost story, but it’s not really a ghost story at all.

The spectral being is merely the pretext for a light trans-Atlantic satire.

The newly appointed United States Minister to the Court of St James, Mr Hiram Otis, purchases Canterville Chase. It’s an ancient pile which holds within its walls centuries of Canterville secrets and stories. Lord Canterville tells Mr Otis the purchase comes complete with a famous and fearsome
May 25, 2012 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a delightful little novella about a very British ghost having to deal with a no-nonsense, practical American family.

When Mr. Hiram B. Otis buys an English manor, he is warned by the previous owner that, together with the furniture and the extensive grounds, he has acquired the family ghost that has been haunting the place since the 16th century.

What follows is a very funny duel between the ancient spirit, forever boasting of previous horrible feats and macabre costumes, and the casual reaction o
Jul 03, 2012 El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why, yes, Mr. Wilde - you did just charm the pants off of me, thank you for asking!

This little story is about the Otis family, Americans who move from the bustle of New York to live at Canterville Chase, an old country house in England. They're warned from the beginning that the house is haunted, but you know those New York types, all hard and skeptical and full of vim and vinegar. The family encounters the ghost pretty early on, and quite hilariously try different ways of dealing with him, almo
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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.” 4426 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.” 739 likes
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