Ex Libris – The Turn of the Screw

screwIt’s time for another Ex Libris post. I find I’m reading less these days, which I don’t like. I love technology and I love the internet; there’s so many ways it’s changed my life. But it’s also become a competition for my time and attention. So I went looking for a shorter story to read, something I could sit down and finish in an hour or two.

Which brings me to The Turn of the Screw.

Written in 1898 by Henry James, this is a ghost story novella and it has resided on my “Must Read” list for sometime. As always, I purchased the killer Penguin version because why would you buy any other version??

The story is about a young governess in charge of two children, who begins to see ghosts. There is ambiguity in the text, leaving it up to the readers to determine whether she is truly being haunted or if she has gone insane.

“No, no—there are depths, depths! The more I go over it, the more I see in it, and the more I see in it, the more I fear. I don’t know what I don’t see—what I don’t fear!” 

― Henry James, The Turn of the Screw


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