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review 2019-09-01 12:15
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

This short-story by Oscar Wilde was charming and not in the least bit scary. I will say, however, that it’s amongst one of my least favourite works of his. The ending made me smile, though, and elevated it for me.

 

It’s likely that most people have read this or heard a lot about it, so I won’t go into too much detail. The story revolves around a family who buy a house that’s in possession of a ghost. The story opens up with the family examining a blood stain on the carpet in one of the rooms that’s been there for years and refuses to give in to cleaning. A member of the family cleans it up and so begins what I believed to be a sinister tale about a vengeful ghost. However, I was very wrong. This story if full of levity and humour and of course Wilde’s trademark observation.

 

It’s hard to thoroughly connect with a short story as it is, by definition, short. I thought this one was longer than it was and was surprised to find I was nearly finished having only read for a brief time.

 

The story wasn’t so much about a ghost, but more the seriousness with which we understand life. Wilde loved to poke fun and he does it here again, but at humanity in general, rather than the Victorian middle classes. In this regard it shined in its objective.

 

I read this for this square:  

 

 

 

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text 2019-09-01 10:58
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 126 pages.
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

Finished my first bingo read. Now to decide on markers...

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text 2019-08-31 22:23
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 126 pages.
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

Come on Midnight!!!

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text 2019-08-28 20:30
Halloween Bingo
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

I'm itching to start reading my first Halloween bingo book, but I'm doing a beta-read for someone in the US at the minute. As soon as that's done (likely tomorrow or Friday) I'll jump straight into my first bingo read with The Canterville Ghost because I'm on a Wilde love-fest at the moment. I haven't even picked my markers yet. Ekkk! I think I'm just going to do a variation on last year, though, and use pictures of my cats.

 

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text 2019-08-12 13:51
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: The Classics
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Carrie - Stephen King
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
The Omen - David Seltzer
The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe
The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde,Inga Moore

 

These are some of the first works I read in horror and mystery, and ones that still stand out for me.

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