Year of publishing: 1898
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Synopsis: A young woman arrives at a large country house. Her job is to look after the two children who live there, but she soon discovers that there is something very strange about both the house and the children. The longer she stays, the more she feels that the two children are in danger – or is it that the children are the danger, and the person in danger is herself?
My Review: This Week I bring one of those books that admit different interpretations. This book written by Henry James was the most important in its genre, later, other books were released inspired in the Henry’s novel and now it’s considered a classic of the literature. The book tells the story of a woman who is hired to work in a mansion as governess of two children, Flora who is six and Miles, his brother, who is ten. Shortly after starting her work, she warns the presence of two strangers near the house where she works and she see them frequently looking for something. The governess feels is terrified every time she see one of them and soon intuits that children are in danger. Along the book, the governess and Grose, the housekeeper, try to protect the children from these two strangers who are soon recognized by Grose as the old governesses of Children who died some months ago.
As I said, this book admits two interpretations: One of them from the perspective of the governess, who is the narrator of the story, and the other from a perspective alien to her. Each interpretation give us a different answer to the question raised in this book and its end. It’s a very short book, so you can read it in two or three Hours approximately. It only contains 120 pages but despite this, dialogues are scarce and this increases the reading time.
Regarding the pros and cons of this book we have these points:
- This book and its author are considered classics of the literature and anyone interested in classics should read this book.
- You’ll enjoy this book if you like intrigue, along the story there are many intriguing moments.
- this book hooks you from the first chapter.
- It’s a short book, you can read it in a day
- It’s Short but the scarcity of dialogue can make the reading more slow.
- Shortly after the middle of the book, the plot suffers stagnation for about twenty pages approximately.
My overall opinion about this book is good, Descriptions sometimes have been too long, but sometimes it have been brilliant too. It’s entertaining and it’s one of those books you remember after months. I think that dialogues sometimes can be confusing and finally, the end it’s predictable in my opinion, I imagined it many pages before finishing the book. My valuation for this book is 3/5
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Written by: Josué