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~E-PUB ♌ Racconti di fantasmi ♀ L inquilino fantasma, Il giro di vite, L altare dei morti, Gli amici degli amici e molte altre storie questo volume ha il pregio di offrire la raccolta completa dei racconti di fantasmi o del soprannaturale di Henry James, cos come stata ordinata da Leon Edel, lo studioso che allo scrittore americano ha dedicato tutta la vita I fantasmi di Henry James hanno le loro origini dentro di noi Sono presenti ogni qual volta l emozione supera le nostre capacit espressive ogni qual volta nell ordinario emerge l alone dello straordinarioSe analizziamo il racconto possiamo osservare quanta abilit riveli la narrazione, come ogni frase sia tesa, ogni immagine piena Il raffinato, mondano, sentimentale vecchio signore, riesce ancora a farci avere paura del buio Virginia WoolfThe romance of certain old clothes De Grey a romance The last of the Valerii, The ghostly rental Sir Edmund Orme Nona Vincent The private life Sir Dominick Ferrand Owen Wingrave The altar of the dead The friends of the friends The turn of the screw The real right thing The great good place Maud Evelyn The third person The beast in the jungle The jolly corner I have always said that Turn of the Screw is my favorite Ghost story by Henry James But there is a short story at the end of this book called The Jolly Corner At first I thought Oh My God, another totally abstract story that only plays with words nonsensically and you won t understand who goes where or which door opens, but thenjust give it some time This story will grab you itself and hold you and keep you Further, there are some unforgettable scenes painted in the lines Although I ve marked this as read , I ve only actually read The romance of certain old clothes and The turn of the Screw The second story being the main reason I wanted this collection While I know it can be purchased on its own, I thought I may as well get a book that contains all his ghost stories.While I quite liked both stories, I don t feel this is an author I can read too much of at once I will likely revisit from time to time and read the other stories eventually Also I m not qui Although I ve marked this as read , I ve only actually read The romance of certain old clothes and The turn of the Screw The second story being the main reason I wanted this collection While I know it can be purchased on its own, I thought I may as well get a book that contains all his ghost stories.While I quite liked both stories, I don t feel this is an author I can read too much of at once I will likely revisit from time to time and read the other stories eventually Also I m not quite in the mood for such florid prose right now but that doesn t normally put me off Amusingly my copy s cover was emblazoned with an outrageously lurid spooky skeleton monster that could not be less representative of the author s style of ghostly fiction The Turn of the Screw is as good as everybody says it is, though not necessarily for the reasons everybody says it is, but there are other gems here also Owen Wingrave , The Friends of the Friends , The Real Right Thing and The Jolly Corner are most assuredly brilliant. Ghost stories by Henry James are a true marvel There are no creepy haunted houses, no bloody or headless apparitions, and yet his ghosts arefrightening than ever they appear in daylight and most of them are born inside the characters themselves For example Sir Edmund Orme, where the apparition is mainly the manifestation of Mrs Marden s guilt, but at the same time he appears to protect the protagonist s feelings Or The Jolly Corner, where the main character faces an apparition view s Ghost stories by Henry James are a true marvel There are no creepy haunted houses, no bloody or headless apparitions, and yet his ghosts arefrightening than ever they appear in daylight and most of them are born inside the characters themselves For example Sir Edmund Orme, where the apparition is mainly the manifestation of Mrs Marden s guilt, but at the same time he appears to protect the protagonist s feelings Or The Jolly Corner, where the main character faces an apparition view spoiler who is nothingthan another version of himself, of what he could have been hide spoiler James s first stories, of course, aretraditional and less exciting, even though they still present some interesting innovations For example The Ghostly Rental it has the traditional haunted house, but in the end view spoiler we find out there was never a ghost in the first place, and the one who was haunted becomes the one who torments hide spoiler The best story is of course The Turn of the Screw, but I also found very interesting The Friends of the Friends for its similarities with James s horror masterpiece in both stories the readers can decide if they are faced with an unreliable narrator, and whether the ghosts evilness is real or just a manifestation of the narrator s absurd jealousy The Friends of the Friends and insane mind The Turn of the Screw.I can only agree with Virginia Woolf that courtly, worldly, sentimental old gentleman can still make us afraid of the dark I have not used this edition, but have read all the stories contained in the book separately, in e book format The oldest one The romance of certain old clothes, 1868 is the one I liked less, as the reader can foresee what is going to happen from the beginning to the end I prefer ghost stories to have some element of surprise, which in this case is fully absent.In my opinion, the best stories in this set of ten were the following The ghostly rental, an atypical ghost story with a final sur I have not used this edition, but have read all the stories contained in the book separately, in e book format The oldest one The romance of certain old clothes, 1868 is the one I liked less, as the reader can foresee what is going to happen from the beginning to the end I prefer ghost stories to have some element of surprise, which in this case is fully absent.In my opinion, the best stories in this set of ten were the following The ghostly rental, an atypical ghost story with a final surprise The private life, which only with difficulty can be considered a ghost story The way it came or The friends of the friends , where the reader is left with the doubt on whether it was a ghost story after all The turn of the screw, one of the most horrid ghost stories I have ever read, which I have read three times, and still makes me ponder The third person, about two spinsters who inherit a house, together with its ghost I only read The Turn of the Screw It was strangely hard to follow muchso than Sherlock Holmes stories, which I just read and were written at the same time Perhaps this is because it was written in a conversational, chatty style, but the norms of conversation have changed enough that it s hard to reconstruct the meaning Also, the worst evil that the bad guys apparently get up to is talking trash and stealing letters Ho hum James says that leaving the evil up to the imagination I only read The Turn of the Screw It was strangely hard to follow muchso than Sherlock Holmes stories, which I just read and were written at the same time Perhaps this is because it was written in a conversational, chatty style, but the norms of conversation have changed enough that it s hard to reconstruct the meaning Also, the worst evil that the bad guys apparently get up to is talking trash and stealing letters Ho hum James says that leaving the evil up to the imagination allows it to far exceed whatever he could come up with, but I mean how bad could it have been out in the country where nobody died, left, or called the cops Kinky sex Doing drugs Blaspheming All pretty tame James may think that any concrete details will only let down the built up expectation of evil, but this is really just a failure of imagination on his part Iain M Banks is capable of writing acts so heinously evil that they induce memory repression, night terrors, clawing out your eyes, etc These stories, of course, are beautifully written from a literary viewpoint I can imagine why they were shocking in their time, although nowadays we are conditioned to expect something really scary and shocking in a ghost story I enjoyed the psychological aspect of some of the stories others I found just plain boring The Turn of the Screw, probably the most famous, is interesting in the buildup, but I found the resolution disappointing Forgive the sarcasm, but my impression of the governes These stories, of course, are beautifully written from a literary viewpoint I can imagine why they were shocking in their time, although nowadays we are conditioned to expect something really scary and shocking in a ghost story I enjoyed the psychological aspect of some of the stories others I found just plain boring The Turn of the Screw, probably the most famous, is interesting in the buildup, but I found the resolution disappointing Forgive the sarcasm, but my impression of the governess was that she makes an excellent case study for the theory of the dangers of sexual repression in Victorian women All in all, though, I m happy to have finally read these classic stories No collection that includes the novella, The Turn of the Screw, could rate less than five stars in my estimation but that is hardly the only reason to read this group of ghost stories Having read James s most famous supernatural work before but being unfamiliar with the other pieces included here, I began reading optimistically but with no real preconceived ideas about how or where these tales would take me.Written when James was twenty five and at the beginning of his long career the first st No collection that includes the novella, The Turn of the Screw, could rate less than five stars in my estimation but that is hardly the only reason to read this group of ghost stories Having read James s most famous supernatural work before but being unfamiliar with the other pieces included here, I began reading optimistically but with no real preconceived ideas about how or where these tales would take me.Written when James was twenty five and at the beginning of his long career the first story, The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, is a tale of Old New England and definitely bears minor witness to Nathaniel Hawthorn s influence on James but remains fairly conventional and not terribly satisfying Written a decade later, The Ghostly Rental, offers a sprightly narrative with a neat twist and begs the question of what it really means to be haunted But the best stories follow these Sir Edmund Orme, Owen Wingrave, The Friends of the Friends, The Real Right Thing, and The Third Person are ghost stories that offer realistic situations and people that could easily appear in other James stories but here they face unusual happenings and various encounters of otherworldly variety As in The Turn of the Screw, James leads the reader to ponder the meaning of these visitations and to consider the implications such experiences might have but they are hardly all of a piece, one of the spirits is decidedly malevolent, others render judgement or attempt to influence events, one is a temptress and another manifests to comical effect Perhaps the most interesting of the stories are the two supernatural ones that involve not true ghosts but tales of doubles The Private Life and The Jolly Corner In the first story, set during a holiday in the Alps, two companions discover something strange about the great author and the famous society painter in their group while in the other an expatriate American returning to his childhood home in New York clearly modeled on James himself comes face to face with what might have literally been his fate These stories toy artfully with the expression of identity, the act of creation, the power of choice and the duality of human nature James captures the anxiety of the two friends in The Private Life perfectly as they grapple with the perplexing possibilities they encounter And in The Jolly Corner he turns the mounting tension of walking through a dark, empty house into terror as the protagonist realizes his own fears.But the star of this book is, as it must be, the incomparable, The Turn of the Screw The story opens with a poor but genteel young woman who accepts the post of governess to two young orphans now in the care of their disinterested uncle Instantly impressed and somewhat smitten by her wealthy employer, she accepts almost sole responsibility for the youngsters and residence at the man s isolated country home This begins a series of events that will lead the young woman from growing fear to righteous battle and culminate in tragedy But the meaning of these happenings is always in question This brilliant work suggeststhan one interpretation, in what I believe is a deliberate effect on the part of the author Are the wicked servants really ghosts now Are the children really possessed Is the governess valiantly battling evil for the lives of her charges or is the repressed woman going mad You be the judge but for my own part I believe it is the question itself which is the most compelling feature of this story I dont think anyone would claim that this is HJ s finest work I was surprised that he even wrote ghost stories after reading POAL I didn t think he would ever dare to include such dramatic effect it seemed beneath him Maybe it s just beneath his greatest art It wasn t that these stories sucked, they just seemed a bit half baked There are some great ideas that seem like they could go on to be novels in their own right, but alas, James seems to have, like the hero of The Real Right Thing , I dont think anyone would claim that this is HJ s finest work I was surprised that he even wrote ghost stories after reading POAL I didn t think he would ever dare to include such dramatic effect it seemed beneath him Maybe it s just beneath his greatest art It wasn t that these stories sucked, they just seemed a bit half baked There are some great ideas that seem like they could go on to be novels in their own right, but alas, James seems to have, like the hero of The Real Right Thing , said I give up