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The Turn of the Screw


A chilling ghost story, wrought with tantalising ambiguity, Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" is edited with an introduction and notes by David ... Show synopsis

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  • A classic psychological thriller Mar 26, 2008
    by NightReader

    Not your usual ghost story, this, written by Henry James, is a terrifying
    journey into the unknown. A new governess comes to care for two young
    children, Miles and Flora, and soon finds herself defending them
    against possible possession by the spirits of their former governess
    and the evil Quint, the former valet to the children's absentee father.
    As the seeming possessions escalate, the new governess fights against
    them with every ounce of her will. While the children insist that
    nothing is amiss, the governess continues to become even more steadfast
    in her determination to save the children from the demons trying to
    possess them, insisting to the children that they own up to the
    hauntings, to their cooperation with the spirits, and to the evil with
    which they are being afflicted.

    What makes this story so compelling is the study of the psychology of
    the characters, particularly that of the governess. What makes the
    story a "whodunnit" is the interplay between the ever more vigilant
    governess, the children, and the spirits themselves. Are the ghosts
    really there? Or is the new governess, in her terror and belief,
    bringing her own brand of evil into the lives of two innocent children?
    Who, indeed, is the possessor?

    For anyone who loves a good ghost story, full of atmosphere and gloom,
    or for those who love a good psychological character study, "Turn of
    The Screw" remains one of the gems of either genre.

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