The Turn of the Screw
I have been feeling bad for Henry James for some time being. While both Mari and Elin have flaunted their master thesis guys over and again (Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis), I have kept my guy, the awesome and sometimes annoying Henry James, well hidden. No more! This week’s Flik is his wonderfully creepy ghost story The Turn of the Screw.
The story is set in a country estate in Essex, where a young governess is sent to take care of little Miles and Flora. As she travels to begin her new employment, her boss, the children’s guardian, tells her not to contact him concerning the children – he’s not interested.
Miles and Flora seems close to angelic, beautiful and well-behaved, and almost always together – especially after Miles gets himself expelled from boarding school – an episode that does not really add up, since he is so, well, perfect. Soon, the governess starts noticing a man and a woman on the grounds of the estate, and they spend a lot of time with Flora and Miles. But none of the other servants have seen anything, and the governess starts suspecting that these two may actually be dead. But what do they want with the children then?
The story is eerie and kind of slow. While reading it I wanted several times for the pace to pick up, just so the story would be over and I could stop being scared. But it’s brilliant, and ambigous and awesome.