The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition]

  • by Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by B. J. Harrison
  • 1 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains, nightmarish chains, or ancient legends. They even throw pillows at him.

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Oscar Wilde's Humor Deserves to be Lingered Over

I love the work of Oscar Wilde not only for its wit and intelligence but also for its nuance. The story, Wilde's first published story, is about a ghost that haunts an English manor house. But the life of the ghost (pun intended) is upended when his ancestral home is bought by an American family. Because I don't want to put in spoilers I will just say that the cast of the family becomes central to how the ghost's ghostly career is threatened (nice little dig at Americans' love of gadgets and lack of historical tradition). And lest one think that it is only a dig at Americans that Wilde is intending, the family also becomes the ally of the Ghost in trying to end his spectral condition. Wilde was a very good writer who though he may have missed out narrowly on being a great writer, nonetheless left us with several gems. The Canterville Ghost is not the great comic gem that the Importance of being Ernest is, but it is a fine diversion that ultimately is quite satisfying.
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satire in Victorian novel of manners?

sounds to me less than a Halloween ghost story and more like a blend of Brontë-gothic, combined with typical stabilization of 19th century Victorian novel of manners. but then again, his was my first listen. I enjoy b.j. Harrison's narration, but I think someone like Patrick Stewart would be more Halloween Basque .
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: B. J. Harrison