The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains, nightmarish chains, or ancient legends. They even throw pillows at him.
Public Domain (P)2009 B.J. Harrison
Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.
I was slightly surprised to realise that it was more of a comedy than a ghost story but it still highlights the classic style of Oscar Wilde. Lots of tongue and cheek commentary on aristocracy as well as the ghost genre. The narrator's accent was also interesting - a mix between American and English. A pleasant short story.
"satire in Victorian novel of manners?"
sounds to me less than a Halloween ghost story and more like a blend of Brontë-gothic, combined with typical stabilization of 19th century Victorian novel of manners. but then again, his was my first listen. I enjoy b.j. Harrison's narration, but I think someone like Patrick Stewart would be more Halloween Basque .
"Oscar Wilde's Humor Deserves to be Lingered Over"
I love the work of Oscar Wilde not only for its wit and intelligence but also for its nuance. The story, Wilde's first published story, is about a ghost that haunts an English manor house. But the life of the ghost (pun intended) is upended when his ancestral home is bought by an American family. Because I don't want to put in spoilers I will just say that the cast of the family becomes central to how the ghost's ghostly career is threatened (nice little dig at Americans' love of gadgets and lack of historical tradition). And lest one think that it is only a dig at Americans that Wilde is intending, the family also becomes the ally of the Ghost in trying to end his spectral condition. Wilde was a very good writer who though he may have missed out narrowly on being a great writer, nonetheless left us with several gems. The Canterville Ghost is not the great comic gem that the Importance of being Ernest is, but it is a fine diversion that ultimately is quite satisfying.
I had only seen the movies. The book was way above and beyond what I expected. Glad I got it.
"Good Oscar Wilde short story"
Enjoyable short audio of the classic Wilde story; decent reading but with the typical Audible dropped words at the beginning of every chapter.
"Not really my cup of tea.."
I was not really impressed by this book. It is definitely a classic so it is written in a more old-fashioned prose. I knew it wouldn't be scary but I did not know what to expect to be honest.
An American minister and his family move into an English home that is said to be haunted. The home has been in the Canterville family for centuries and is haunted by a Canterville ghost that has killed his wife. He tries his hardest to scare the family away, but gets discouraged when their two boys have proven to be a tough match! One night, their daughter comes to him and helps him cross over. In the process, she comes up missing but then shows back up with some jewels. The house is cleansed. She later marries and her husband tries to get her to tell what happened while she was helping the ghost cross over but she won't speak of it.
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