rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I’d never read any books by Henry James and decided to read The Turn of the Screw since it was part of the LOST Book Club, which contains books that were featured on the TV program LOST. LOST is one of my favorite shows. The Turn of the Screwwas shown in the background of a season 2 episode. In the episode, the Dharma Orientation film was hidden on a shelf behind a copy of The Turn of the Screw.
The unnamed narrator of The Turn of the Screw tells the tale of a governess at a house called Bly. This governess watches over two orphaned children who are under the guardianship of their absent uncle. The governess begins to suspect that the house is haunted.
Was there a ‘secret’ at Bly — a mystery of Udolpho or an insane, an unmentionble relative kept in unsuspected confinement? I can’t say how long I turned it over, or how long, in a confusion of curiosity and dread, I remained where I had had my collision; I only recall that when I re-entered the house darkness had quite closed in.
The book was extremely verbose and dense. This is not a light, quick read at all. It read much like other Victorian novels with a young woman moving into an immense house with a mystery. It raises lots of questions that are never truly answered. A lot is left for the reader to decide for themselves what is going on. As proof of this, some think the book is a ghost story and others think that is a look at a woman slowly slipping into insanity. I still haven’t decided which way my thinking goes. I will have to think about it some more. Being that this book is such a mystery wrapped in an enigma, I can see why the creators of LOST are fond of it and gave it cameo appearance in their show.