Sunday, October 9, 2011
Thoughts: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Well, not really.
Le protagonist is a young woman who has just been hired as a governess for two exquisitely good-looking/good-natured children at a remote estate. Their uncle, the legal guardian, lets her do anything she wants with (to?) the children under one condition. Even if one of them gets maimed or ravaged by a pack of lions, she can never contact him. To add to the mystery, the ghosts of the children’s former governess and her boyfriend keep popping up all over the estate.
The governess is annoying as hell. The whole time I was reading the story, I just wanted to shoot her in the kneecaps. (Sorry, I just finished watching Kill Bill Vol. 2) She thought and thought and thought some more about the mysterious apparitions, until she was almost drowning in her thoughts. And, ohmygod, I got so sick of hearing how perfect the children are, how sweet and beautiful.
I guess this book was supposed to be some sort of psychological thriller, and was probably meant to be subtle. Well, believe me, this book wasn’t subtle. It was repetitive. The sentences are so long, and THERE ARE COMMAS EVERYWHERE. I know that the overflow of commas is part of Henry James’ writing style, but it’s annoying. I forgot what every sentence meant by the time I finished reading it.
If Danielle Steele’s writing style minus the romance and Stephen King had a bastard child, the result would be this book.
P.S.: This book raised a lot of questions but barely a single one is answered by the time you turn the last page. Made me want to scream.
This is the third book I read and reviewed for the RIP Challenge VI.