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Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde 5★♥

“Immersion Reading” with Kindle edition with iTunes audio read by Walter Covell.

(The Short Synopsis: 1887 novella. A British ghost tries to scare an American family but finds things difficult.)

The Canterville Ghost is quite a short piece. I enjoyed it and even laughed a few times.

A tale told from an author narration, of a ghost that haunted a house for 300 years. Sir Simon de Centerville was that ghost and he thought himself as a successful one for having scared off a lot of people for hundreds of years.
“Right in front of him he saw, in the wan moonlight, an old man of terrible aspect. His eyes were as red burning coals; long grey hair fell over his shoulders in matted coils; his garments, which were of antique cut, were soiled and ragged, and from his wrists and ankles hung heavy manacles and rusty gyves.”

Well, Sir Simon was a success (with a huge ego to boot) until The Otis family bought the Canterville house. So leave it to an American family to scare off a British ghost. The funniest parts were thanks to the twins harassing Sir Simon. Poor poor ghost. lol
Luckily for him the young Virginia Otis helped him “die” and enter the “Gates of Death.”

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So a good funny quick tale that’s told in the 4th person narration (a man telling the audience of a tale that someone told him about someone else). I read it with this free kindle edition along with a iTunes audio. I bought the audio years ago (before I had any kindle) with the intent of listening to it during Halloween. Well I finally got to it and liked it. Might listen to it again later.

The Movies… I haven’t watched any of the adaptions (and there’s been quite a few, even one in development for 2016)… but I still thought of Patrick Stewart as Simon.

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For The Reader’s Room Halloween Challenge Week 1

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