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Book Review: THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James
FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Turn of the Screw Author: Henry James Publisher: Oxford Price: $6.95 Pages: 121 Genre: Ghostly Short Story Year: 1898
BACK OF THE BOOK
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
In "The Turn of the Screw" a man tells some friends a story that is said to be very evil and unsettling. The book then continues to tell this story. This retelling is about a governess who was brought to a big house to teach and care for two siblings, a young boy and girl. The governess receives a letter from the headmaster of the young boy's school, which declares that the boy was expelled from school. The letter does not explain why the boy got expelled but the governess imagines something wicked to be the reason for it. Later on, the governess encounters two ghosts, who are the late governess and caretaker of the two children and who are both said to be dead. From thereon the governess tries to find out what these two ghosts want and in which way they are connected to the children.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK
At first I found it very easy to both get into and read the story. The beginning of it was quite understandable and quickly to go through. The book created anticipation for what was to come next during its first pages because the storyteller emphasised the greatness and shockingness of the story that he was about to tell. He made the reader want to read this story.
The beginning reminded me a lot of "The Time Traveller" (click here to read my review on that) because it was similarily structured: some people meet with each other and tell each other stories and then the book proceeds to be that story that is told in that surrounding. And as in "The Time Traveller" I also found it a bit sad that the lightness of the dialogues from the beginning did not continue throughout the rest of the book but made way for the retelling, which was much more difficult to read and understand.
When the retelling started, it read itself much more complex for me and I often caught myself drifting away to other thoughts. It was very hard for me to concentrate on many parts of the books, wherefore I had to reread many passages a couple of times until I fully got the meaning of them.
The book consists of many very very very long and fragmented sentences that make it too easy to lose and drown oneself within them and never reach the end of them. This structure made it quite hard to focus on the book and because I had to concentrate so hard on it, I often got a headache from reading this story.
I found it quite interesting that the main story of the book had a female protagonist and a female side character as its two main characters. Foremost the protagonist, the governess, seemed very likeable to me.
I really enjoyed the dialogue scenes between the governess and the minor character Mrs Grose because that was always when I found the governess to be the most charming and likeable. She laughed quite a lot, which I liked, and she also seemed smart, especially in comparison to Mrs Grose. Mrs Grose seemed to function as a contrast to the governess in those dialogue scenes.
Unfortunately, there were far too few conversations in this story, wherefore it was really hard to follow the story most of the time and I had to force myself through most of it.
I didn't like the vagueness of the book. No questions were really answered, all was left up for interpretation. And as the reader I couldn't really make sense of anything because even when I tried to see some logic in the long sentences, there wasn't any and the story didn't actually intend for there to be any sense, which was quite frustrating. Even the characters themselves couldn't make any sense of anything and also seemed to not really want or try to.
It was too bad that the characters from the beginning never showed up again because I would have loved to know what they had thought of the story and what effect it had had on them. It felt wrong not to mention them again in the end.
It was incredibly hard to follow this story because of the very long and complex and extremely fragmented sentences. Everything was so confusing that it made my head hurt when I tried to make sense out of anything. The characters themselves seemed to have been kept in the dark because they always only spoke in riddles or repeated what they or someone else had just said. Therefore there was no moving action in this story but everything and everyone seemed to rotate on the exact same point all the time. This was also why I felt like the story was far too long although it was already a short story with only about 100 pages. The author could have happily left out quite a lot of unnecessary and confusing sentences. The confusing writing style also frustrated me because I always had to reread everything again and again and still didn't fully understand it. As a non-native English speaker this always made me question my English skills which I hated.
I am very relieved to have finished this book now and to be able to put it behind me.
What I found positive in this story were the likeability of the main character, the governess, and some of the dialogue scenes that were quite interesting and easier to read.
So I just finished this glorious show "Please Like Me" on Neflix and thought I'd give you some motivation to watch it aswell :D
Therefore here are my TWENTY REASONS why you should definitely absolutely most certainly WATCH this show.
1. It's on Netflix and therefore very easily and comfortably available for most of you.
2. It (unfortunately) has only four seasons with 6 to 10 episodes each. AND each episode is only 25 minutes long.
So I absolutely adored the length of the episodes because I could just devour the whole series in less than a week. You can basically watch it all through in a few days and trust me, you will - because it is addictive as hell. And I just loved squeezing a tiny episode in whenever I liked - because honestly, I always had time for some 25 minutes of entertainment. But I mostly ended up clicking on "Next Episode" and watched four episodes to a whole season in one sitting. No regrets.
FACTS ABOUT THE MOVIE US-title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales UK-title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge German title: Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Salazars Rache film director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg screenwriter: Jeff Nathanson producer: Jerry Bruckheimer music composer: Geoff Zanelli release date: May 25, 2017 running time: 129 minutes cast:
Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Paul McCartney
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
This movie tells the story of Henry Turner - William & Elizabeth Turner's 21-years-old son - who wants to find the "Trident of Poseidon" to free his father from Davy Jones' curse. To achieve his ends, he seeks help from an astronomist and horologist, called Carina Smyth, and from the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow. As it turns out, Jack Sparrow isn't as legendary as Henry had thought, but rather drunk and shipless. On the other end of the ocean: a n…
FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK Title: GEORGE Author: Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic Price: £6.99 Pages: 215 Genre: LGBTQ - transgender girl, Children's book Year: 2017
BACK OF THE BOOK
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
This book is about George, who is 10 years old and looks like a boy but feels like a girl.
When her class takes part in a school play of "Charlotte's Web", George wants nothing more but to play the main character, the spider Charlotte. Since this character is supposed to be female, George's teacher doesn't allow George to play Charlotte. This makes George upset and leads to George trying to come to terms with her gender identity and thus coming out to her family and classmates.
Ultimately, this book is about George who wants to become Melissa.
There is not much text on each page of the book, wherefore it is an extremely quick read and feels a lot like a children's book:
WHY SPIDERS? Why couldn't it be follow the butterflies?
My main problem with this book w…