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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
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Jul 24, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction, lost-lit, has-ghosts-in-it
Read in August, 2008

I read this as it was listed as a Lost novel...
Thank god it was only 122 pages long.
That is all I have to say.
oh. And.... UGH!!!
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Beth Lori, One of my favorites. I may even still have it. Let me look.

message 2: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori I picked this up at Borders on Thursday. I am already two weeks behind the reading group that is reading it, but am looking foward to reading it.

Connie Glad I wasn't the only one. Ugh. I gave it a one star as well.

Connie Oops, I lied. Apparently I gave it two stars; Bad Twin was the one I gave only one star to.

Hollis Sometimes when I read reviews I think people have read a completely different book from me. Is this the classic Henry James novella we're talking about here? Right, just checking...

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I heard this was funny. Wasn't it?

message 7: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Seth, Seth, Seth.... It was pure crap. Really. I literally FORCED myself to finish it because it was so darn short, and because I bought it at full price. I couldnt stand it. Really. Horrible. Painful. I rank it up there with Heart of Darkness as books I wish I never read.

Ha.. three stars. Im choking on my coffee!

Fiona Oooh had to read this in school when I was about 15/16 I'd actually forgotten about the horror. Of course it took ages because it was school and we had to write essays and spend ages looking at it. Snore.

I agree with you! One star is too much - this book was dire I don't care if it is a classic.

message 9: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Yeah Fiona, so glad you agree! Although, maybe having read it and talked about it as I went in a class/group enviornment would have helped sparked some interest in it.. Who knows! I still say it was sucky....

Hollis ''you can avoid being ostracized by snobs''

I am not a snob, thank you very much. (No, you didn't say I was, but you are insinuating it). Thanks for that contribution anyway. Personally, I cannot see how anyone could dislike this novella so strongly that they have to FORCE themselves to read it. I can only say that I strongly disagree and leave it at that.

message 11: by Lori (last edited Apr 28, 2009 01:08PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Wow, arguing about my taste certainly won't change the fact that I HATED this novella! Funny how some people get so attached to what they read and love, isn't it?

Still, an opinion is an opinion. And I stand firmly behind mine! I would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard for the next 7 days straight than have to read that thing again...

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Chloe Seeing as how I read this book at the same time as Lori, let me break down my reasons for hating this novella, rather than just an endless back and forth.

Primarily what it came down to for me was that James' style is not an easy nut to crack. Sentences that engulf an entire page, dialogue that comes out stilted and clunky and descriptions that, while effective at setting the dark and dreary tone of the manorhouse, are still dreadfully dull and uninteresting. It should not be a surprise that this is not for everyone.

Nor should it be. How boring would it be if we all agreed on the merits of books? Basically my take on classics is that they're great sign posts as to what to read, but that does not mean that they should automatically be lionized. Just because it's still in print does not make it infallible. Art should be reflective of the people who experience it, and a contemporary reader wh. Undoubtedly it deserves its place in the canon of Gothic lit. Yet that doesn't mean that it should ever be immune from criticism or debate as to its worthiness.

message 13: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Logan, my hero, I love you!

message 14: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori I appreciated the joke Seth. That's all that matters. You can be my co-hero, if you like!

message 15: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori You can help me with whacky star ratings anytime on books we have in common. By the way, do I have any books on my shelf that you are planning to read anytime soon?

message 16: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Im cheating... and checking out your profile for good reads.... I think we are due for a read along :)

Let's check out each others lists, shall we?

message 17: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori hey, that's good though! I own The Painted Bird, and Angle of Repose. But none of the others, so those would be one of the list above I could start next month......

message 18: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori OK, for you:
Gil's All Fright Diner
The Road
Death of an Ordinary Man (Or I, Lucifer)
The Mysterious Island

message 19: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Grendel is up to you, if you want to start it... I wont get to it for awhile, I just started Master and Margarita.

message 20: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Yeah Ok, meaning no????

message 21: by Lori (new) - rated it 1 star

Lori Have you read Verne before? He's a big favorite of mine!

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Lori Im an AI addict. gotsa go too

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