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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Review: The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Canterville Ghost is an unusual ghost story. It begins in an old English country house, Canterville Chase, which is said to be haunted. When Mr Otis a wealthy American moves into the house with his wife and children, Lord Canterville warns them about Sir Simon, the house's resident ghost. But they ignore him, as the Otis family aren't afraid of phantoms or things that go bump in the night, no matter how hard the ghost tries.
I would describe this novel by Oscar Wilde as a humorous, Gothic ghost story, set in a typical English haunted manor. Which works very well with the practical American family who have an unusual way of behaving every time Sir Simon makes an appearance.
I liked the way some of the story is told from Sir Simons perspective, so that we bond with him rather than the Otis family. I enjoyed this book! It made me laugh, and what more can you ask from a novel. It was an easy read, so suitable for younger readers as well as adults, or as I like to say. The young at heart.

This classic ghost story tells of a malevolent ghost, who discovers there is no peace for the wicked when a rumbustious American family moves into his ancestral home. This is one of the "Walker Treasures" series - a collection of classic works of literature for children.

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