The Turn of the Screw (Transaction Large Print Books)
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- Sales Rank:10,222,361
- Format:Large Print
- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
- Edition:Book Club (BCE/BOMC)
- Shipping Weight (lbs):0.9
- Dimensions (in):9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7
- Publication Date:January 1, 1997
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The Turn of the Screw is about ghosts and reveals the dark side of humanity. James's story is based on an earlier one told to him by the Archbishop of Canterbury in January 1895. The Archbishop's story tells of young children, left in the care of servants in an old country house following the death of their parents. The servants, however, are evil and uncaring and the children inherit their legacy of wickedness. In their turn, the servants die and come back to haunt the country house and torment the children.
The story starts conventionally enough with friends sharing ghost stories 'round the fire on Christmas Eve. One of the guests tells about a governess at a country house plagued by supernatural visitors. But in the hands of Henry James, the master of nuance, this little tale of terror is an exquisite gem of sexual and psychological ambiguity. Only the young governess can see the ghosts; only she suspects that the previous governess and her lover are controlling the two orphaned children (a girl and a boy) for some evil purpose. The household staff don't know what she's talking about, the children are evasive when questioned, and the master of the house (the children's uncle) is absent. Why does the young girl claim not to see a perfectly visible woman standing on the far side of the lake? Are the children being deceptive, or is the governess being paranoid? By leaving the questions unanswered, The Turn of Screw generates spine-tingling anxiety in its mesmerized readers.
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