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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
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Apr 05, 12

Read from September 11 to October 01, 2011

Reason why this book review will not be good:

I finished reading Henry James's Turn of the Screw six months ago.

Reasons why this book review will not be favorable:

I don't like being scared, so I kept a careful distance from the plot's action, avoiding the chills that the beautiful, yet mysterious children's strange actions and the sudden appearances of shady figures may have caused.

I didn't give the novella the time and thought necessary to adequately explore the cool psychoanalytic questions of whether ghosts actually appeared, what was with the governess's apparent obsession/avoidance of her male boss, how much the governess was haunted by the apparitions of her predecessors, etc. Or to consider the element of storytelling involved in a framed frame-story.

So, Henry James, it's me, not you. I hope we can put this all behind us now, since I'm started your significantly longer and (according to the introduction) more challenging novel, Wings of the Dove, yesterday.

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