Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST SHORT STORY REVIEW

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST SHORT STORY REVIEW - In Oscar Wilde’s first published story, the ghost of an English lord from the distant past, tries and fails to frighten an American family, residing in his former mansion. The Canterville Ghost is a study in opposites, chock full of humorous quips and witty banter, quite unlike The Picture of Dorian Gray, more in the vein of The Importance of Being Earnest. There are shaking chains, bleached bones, creaking floorboards and a parade of disguises. But the ghost is frustrated by his attempt at frightening residents because they find him comical and not scary.  While old fashioned, his other works include stage plays, and endless stream of witty quotes, which are a window into the mind of one of the greats of English literature.  If you like classic horror, do yourself a favor and read The Canterville Ghost!


6 comments:

  1. I love this story. It is charming. I especially remember when the plucky little girl confronted the ghost about using her paints to make the blood spot on the carpet.

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  2. Picture of Dorian Grey is a classic. I even got my 16 yr old daughter to read it. Right on.

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  3. I agree. It is a great story. One of the first stories I read in English at school. Always has a special place in my heart

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  4. You make me want to read this again. Excellent!

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  5. I'm not a fan of horror, but I'm thinking of making an exception for some of the classics.

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