A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises - but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of the conflict between old and new. Rupert Degas' hilarious reading brings the absurdity and theatricality of the story to life.
Good read vastly different from the movie version. Virginia is a much stronger person in this tale.
Classical elegance in the tradition of horror comedy
This is a light but satisfying read. It flows and draws in the reader immediately with rich descriptions and takes us into a bygone era. The family dynamic still recognizable with naughty young boys filled with spirit and a dose of mischief. The ghost and it’s humanity illuminated through the gentle innocence of the ministers daughter wrought a tale that is both funny and touching.
A wonderful reader for young persons who like a bit of a chill before bed. Still a good read for those who appreciate fine literature at any age.
Rah Haqqi 2019