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The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories
The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories: The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, The Friends of the Friends and The Jolly Corner | Henry James
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A young governess is sent to a great country house to care for two orphaned children. To begin with Flora and Miles seem to be model pupils but gradually the governess starts to suspect that something is very wrong with them. As she sets out to uncover the corrupt secrets of the house she becomes more and more convinced that something evil is watching her.
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nu-bibliophile
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Mehso-so

I have been eager to read this classic for years. I love a good classic especially a gothic ghost story like this one. The beginning started out fine but towards the middle I found my attention to be wavering. Some parts of the writing was confusing and wordy, and I ended up second guessing myself. Nevertheless, I think the plot is open for interpretation.
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

BookwormAHN On the bright side it's one book down for the challenge 👏🏻 1mo
Clwojick Unfortunately, you can‘t love them all. 😉 1mo
nu-bibliophile @Clwojick That is so true! 1mo
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Iceangel9
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Pickpick

Creepy and fun little classic.

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Brenley
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I have a love/hate relationship with the Goodwill bookshelf. This was an "accidental/unintentional" #bookhaul- pocket classics with graphic renderings! Because it wasn't on purpose, I could only grab 8; there were about 15 different classics! It was such a hard decision narrowing it down!!

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Donna_sBookMinute
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Panpan

The synopsis beckons; and that's where it ends. I should've probably read the print copy because I got nothing from the audio. I had planned to give it another try after I'd read a few more classics. I can listen to Emma Thompson all day. But reviews and comments have demoted "Turn" from So-So to Pan.

SuperPunkNinja I felt the same way! 2y
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LitHousewife
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I'm honestly trying. Emma Thompson is a wonderful narrator. Lovely, actually. Still, the material... the list of chores at home are more compelling.

Suet624 😂😂😂 2y
Anovelobsession Love this! 2y
cathysaid Haaaa. I hated Henry James until I studied him in college many (*cough*) many years ago. But even now, I don't think I could listen to his work, because I often have to reread passages or refer back to characters. 2y
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BethFishReads I hate James. No narrator could make me listen to his books 2y
LitHousewife @cathysaid I'm sure there are many classic authors I loved under the influence of a superior professor. James Joyce comes to mind. 😂 2y
LitHousewife @BethFishReads The saving grace here is that this audiobook is less than 5 hours long. 2y
BethFishReads 5 lost hours? 2y
LitHousewife @BethFishReads I donate those lost hours to the Audies gods. 😂 2y
BethFishReads Good attitude 2y
Dogearedcopy I find 'The Turn of the Screw' challenging, and not in a good way. *What is he getting at?!* *Seriously, THAT was the ending?!* I've been told though that his full novels are better... (edited) 2y
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SoniaC
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Mehso-so

Finally finished this up. I almost bailed but decided to stick it out. The stories are ok but I wasn't really invested in any of them. Of them all it was actually the last story that caught my interest.

Bambolina_81 I'm sorry to say, I did bail! Well done for getting through it 😊 3y
SoniaC @Bambolina_81 I have two books I'm dying to read The Mothers and Blankets. I told myself I couldn't read them until I finished it 😂 got to eat my Brussel sprouts before desert 3y
Bambolina_81 @SoniaC I admire your discipline! 3y
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SoniaC @Bambolina_81 thank you! 3y
Gezemice I read Turn of the Screw and I found it melodramatic, overwrought and ridiculous - you are not alone. Good job finishing! 3y
SoniaC @Gezemice that really does sum it up. I just didn't connect with it. 3y
Heather_Reads I thought it would be much scarier. It started out ok, but then I just got tired of reading how perfect the children were *yawn* 3y
SoniaC @Heather_Reads so very true. 3y
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SoniaC
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It's Sunday which means laundry and Taqueria yummy!!! Trying to get into this one. It's being a little slow to grab me but I've been distracted. Getting ready for the @litsybookclub discussion of Rebecca in 30 minutes. Hope to see lots of you on there.

Bklover That looks delicious! 3y
Nebklvr No refried beans!!!!! 3y
SoniaC @Nebklvr yes refried beans!!! They are tasty 😋 3y
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SoniaC @Bklover it's my fav place! Well one of them anyways. 3y
Godmotherx5 That looks delicious. I fell asleep & totally missed the book discussion. The readathon wore me out. I hope you liked Rebecca. 3y
SoniaC @Godmotherx5 loved it. What did you think? 3y
Godmotherx5 Oh, I thought it was great. 3y
SoniaC @Godmotherx5 I really didn't expect to enjoy it half as much as I did. 3y
Godmotherx5 I saw some similarities between it & Jane Eyre. I think that connection is what drew me in. 3y
SoniaC @Godmotherx5 yes definitely. We actually commented on that in the discussion. 3y
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SoniaC
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Not able to participate in the readathon this time because I have to work tonight but still starting my day off right. Hot cereal, strawberries, egg, tea and trying out this classic.

Bkwurm Is it wrong that I have intense breakfast-envy right now? Yum! 3y
SoniaC @Bkwurm it really was a lovely start to the day. 3y
moranadatter Yum! That puts my breakfast to shame. 3y
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SoniaC @kmdartist trying to keep it healthy. 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon That cover is AMAZING. 3y
SoniaC @elkeo can't remember how I got it but definite old. It says 60 cents! 3y
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JEMoutrageous
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Bailedbailed

Ugh! I had to stop. I am half way through 130 pages. I cannot go on. It is so boring. I am not interested in the governess, the children or the ghosts. And the writing is a drag. There is a lot of punctuation for a modern reader, so I had to reread the sentences a lot to really understand what the author was trying to say. Time to start something new.

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JEMoutrageous
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Just started The Turn of the Screw last night. I don't think I have read anything by Henry James before. His language took a minute to get used to. I have not read anything with so much punctuation in quite a while.

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brendanmleonard
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I know I said end of day but since this is an Audible deal read by Famous British Legend Emma Thompson (thanks @rubyslippersreads !) AND the votes seemed to be pretty decisive, I thought I would go ahead and announce that our first novel for #ghostsoflitsy will be Henry James' Turn of the Screw. It's on Serial Reader, too! Our discussion will begin around Oct. 15! Look out for this week's short stories, too! 😱👻👫🎩🕸#scaretober

Kirstin Yay! I loved the old movie and now I'm excited for the book! 3y
rubyslippersreads Is that Lady Mary from Downton Abbey? 3y
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tricours Oh, awesome! 3y
LeahBergen I read it this year! Hmm.. but now I think I need to watch that BBC adaptation. 😀 3y
Dragon Spooky and scary story. Shivers 👻 3y
Zelma Yay! I haven't read this. 3y
BookBabe 👍🏻 great choice! 👻 3y
BookishFeminist 👻👻👻 YES I've been wanting to reread this for a while :D the other one you posted sounds interesting too! 3y
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Heather_Reads

Further to my review of this edition, the "Other Stories" in this are cool and much easier to read. One of them made me cover my face with the book at the end as it was so creepy. These stories have encouraged me to read more James (but never again The Turn of the Screw - at least not for a while).

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Heather_Reads
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Mehso-so

The plot is great and the kids terrifying in their perfection, but James' writing is such a drag. The prologue was cool and had me hooked, but when he switched narrator he lost me. The writing became dense and hard to follow, and for me the story lost some of its impact because of it.

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Heather_Reads
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So far the children in this book are weird and creepy without having done anything weird and creepy. I'm getting a real "Village of the Damned" vibe. Or maybe "The Omen".

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