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The Turn of the Screw

Henry James (1843-1916)

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1. Chapter 00
2. Chapter 01
3. Chapter 02
4. Chapter 03
5. Chapter 04
6. Chapter 05
7. Chapter 06
8. Chapter 07
9. Chapter 08
10. Chapter 09
11. Chapter 10
12. Chapter 11
13. Chapter 12
14. Chapter 13
15. Chapter 14
16. Chapter 15
17. Chapter 16
18. Chapter 17
19. Chapter 18
20. Chapter 19
21. Chapter 20
22. Chapter 21
23. Chapter 22
24. Chapter 23
25. Chapter 24

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Summary

Christmas Eve. Guests round a fireside begin telling each other ghost stories. One of them relates a true incident involving the governess of his little nephew and niece. Strange events begin to take place, involving the housekeeper, a stranger who prowls round the grounds, a mysterious woman dressed in black and an unknown misdemeanor committed by the little nephew. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James was published in 1893 and it remains one of the best-known and admired works of this great American writer. One of the factors that makes it so appealing is that the structure and ending are open to the reader's interpretation. Over the years, many critics, readers and scholars have provided their own theories about the ending and all of them may be valid from a certain viewpoint. However, the real “horror” in this book is the nameless, ambiguous sense of evil that pervades the story and brings out all that is deeply frightening to us. Henry James came from a distinguished family. His father was a philosopher, while his brother William James was a famous developmental psychologist. His sister, Alice was also a writer, but is known mostly for the personal diaries she kept in the last years of her life. Though James was born in America, he considered England to be his spiritual home and constantly traveled between the two countries. His novels focus on the interaction between Europeans and Americans. He was also a brilliant literary critic and prolific letter writer. The Turn of the Screw was his second novel and in it he gives expression to his life long interest in ghost stories and Gothic themes. However, he avoided the conventional screaming/slashing type of horror and preferred to keep the fear factor extremely subtle and understated, which paradoxically increases the sense of horror! He seeks to invest the ordinary, everyday happenings of daily life with a sinister significance and this is what makes The Turn of the Screw so extraordinarily effective. Henry James' elaborate and often roundabout way of describing events makes the unraveling of the mystery even more difficult. Hence, the reader has plenty of work to do in James' novels and nothing is provided on a platter! James himself constantly revised the story and made several changes. Though these are minor in nature, they add to the complexity of the plot and give readers many more facets from which to try to find the right solution. The Turn of the Screw is certainly a great read if you enjoy mysteries and ghost stories.

Reviews

Elliot

- Review

This reader is exceptional. I can't believe I found such quality in a free audiobooks repository. A charming and classy voice, very fit to the spirit of this book in special – Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Thank you very much

Esther

- Reviewer

Loved the narration. Wish I could hear more of her. She is really good.

John

- Turn of the Screw

One of the very worst narrators ever! Just plain weird and terminally annoying way of reading. JUST READ THE BLINKIN TEXT IN A NORMAL WAY WITHOUT THE RADIO ANNOUCER ACT!

John

Could not stomach the narrator. What was she thinking? Choppy, disjointed reading. Very difficult to listen to. Just read the story in a normal tone of voice!!!

dg

So glad the narrator did not talk the way she introduces and ends each chapter! She is a very good reader and it was a very strange book, but very captivating.

CM

Creepy and sick. Henry James should have been on his brother's psychiatric couch.

Reader was excellent! A pleasure to listen to throughout.

david

reader was good. Really believable and added a chilling effect to an already creepy and dreamy storyline. She could almost be the main character

Excellent story, Excellent narrator.

Excellent story, Excellent narrator.