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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 oldA 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's hilarious reading brings the absurdity and theatricality of the story to life....

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The Canterville Ghost Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-01-24 02:11

    The original Wilde Thing does it does one not love on Oscar Wilde when he's throwing down the this case, and in proper British fashion, against cocky, adolescent-cultured Americans and their starched-lip, tradition-trapped English cousins? A bounty of clever from start to finish, Wilde's tale is charming, engaging and pitch-perfect. For a story less than 30 pages long, Wilde accomplishes so much, using scalpel-like precision in both his language and his plotting to tell a story with a little bit of everything. The funny is considerable, the sadness and softer emotions are amply represented, and the brilliance is ubiquitous throughout. My sole complaint is that I wish it were a bit longer, as I would have loved for Wilde to give himself more time with these people and this setting. PLOT SUMMARY:Briefly, since this is a short story…A family of flag-flaunting United Staters acquire an historic English mansion from the thoroughly prim, thoroughly British Lord Canterville. Throw in a murderous, aesthetically-minded ghost with a penchant for high drama and theater, and you have a classic, joy-inducing tale of clashing cultures, progress vs. tradition, and Wilde’s self-mockery of his own philosophy of decadent aestheticism. And….as an added bonus that few beyond Wilde could have accomplished in this setting, you also have subtler themes of a deeper nature running through the narrative, such as penance, forgiveness, and redemption. THOUGHTS:I am a Wilde enthusiast, though my knowledge of his work is limited to this piece and The Picture of Dorian Gray, both of which I have loved. His prose speaks to me and I find his comedic orientation and verbal bitchiness to be hand in glove with my own sense of humor. His timing and delivery make me smile, whether he's commenting on his countrymen as having "really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language” to the reciting the casual arrogance of Mr. Otis’s response when Lord Canterville tries to dissuade him from acquiring the haunted estate: I will take the furniture and the ghost at a valuation. I have come from a modern country, where we have everything that money can buy; and with all our spry young fellows painting the Old World red, and carrying off your best actors and prima-donnas, I reckon that if there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe, we'd have it at home in a very short time in one of our public museums, or on the road as a show. Wilde’s humor is like a hammer wrapped in silk-covered down. It floats gracefully into your ear and then sucker punches you with its meaning. Here, Wilde even aims his high powered criticism at himself, as the ghost, Sir Simon, is a thinly veiled reflection of the author. Initially, we see Sir Simon, this artisitc spook with flair and panache, as a victim of the boorish Yankees who have invaded his haunt, and who are totally unmoved by any of his scare tactics. They apply stain remover to the recurring blood stains, oil his chains to avoid excessively rattling, and medicate his evil laugh after mistaking it for coughing. For them, he is simply a problem to solve. It seems our artist can't get a break, and Wilde has us sympathizing with the frustrated spectre. But Wilde slowly starts to show us that the ghost is far from innocent. We learn of his previous murders and his complete amorailty and self-centeredness. Wilde slowly closes the trap and we begin to see the truth behind the ghost's genteel facade. One line, in particular, that struck me was when he casually admitted to killed his wife because she "was very plain, never had my ruffs properly starched, and knew nothing about cookery.” It’s almost a throwaway line, but it really drove home for me the character of Sir Simon.Now don’t go thinking based on the above that this is really a serious tale. The humor is steady throughout and I was pretty much smiling from beginning to end reading Wilde's on target wit. ‘What a monstrous climate!’ said the American Minister, calmly, as he lit a long cheroot. ‘I guess the old country is so overpopulated that they have not enough decent weather for everybody.’It’s just that Wilde adds enough little splashes of depth, of emotion, to make the entire story more resonant and, ultimately, more enjoyable.‘Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.’ You can't ask for better than that. I want to make one final comment about Wilde’s skill as it relates to his creative use of the setting. As you read the description of Canterville Chase, you see a litany of characteristics that paint it as the quintessential gothic mansion. Stone gargoyles, secret passageways, paintings of the previous Canterville residents, and even the stereotypical suit of armor as décor-enhancer. Throw in some dark wood and stained glass windows and you have a haunted house cliché that should be gloomy and positively oozing dread.But is it? Of course not…Wilde simply uses this benckmark so he can quickly and effectively turn it on its head. So…I loved this and I thought how Wilde took what started as a satire on the uncouthness of Americans and the stale traditionalism of the English, and turned it into something uplifting by marrying the best attributes of both was inspired. I just wish it had been longer and the story had had a little more time to breathe. I can’t wait to read more of his work. 4.5 stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.

  • Cecily
    2019-02-15 00:37

    This is Oscar Wilde’s first published story, in 1887, a year before The Happy Prince, and five years after he’d travelled in the USA. It features his oft misquoted line:“We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.”It’s a curiosity: funny, but mostly not in a Wildean way; ghostly, but not remotely scary; overdoing some stereotypes (Americans), and underdoing others (what ghosts can feel and do); not quite a children’s story, but not really an adult one; long for a short story, but too short for a novella. But who needs labels?Hiram B Otis (an American, as if you couldn’t guess) buys an English haunted house and moves in with his wife and four children. They “come from a modern country”, so have no fear, because they don’t believe in ghosts.Idyllic summer“They heard a wood-pigeon brooding over its own sweet voice, or saw, deep in the rustling fern, the burnished breast of the pheasant. Little squirrels peered at them from the beech-trees as they went by, and the rabbits scudded away through the brushwood and over the mossy knolls, with their white tails in the air.”But “As they entered the avenue of Canterville Chase, however, the sky became suddenly overcast with clouds, a curious stillness seemed to hold the atmosphere, a great flight of rooks passed silently over their heads, and, before they reached the house, some big drops of rain had fallen.”PragmatismThere’s a bloodstain on the floor which allegedly cannot be removed, but it succumbs to the power of Pinkerton’s Champion Stain Remover. Only to reappear next day. The rational mindset prevails. Even when an encounter forces reluctant belief, they are not scared. Seeing a ghost “of terrible aspect”, Mr Otis’ only concern is the noise of the clanking chains, so he proffers Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator, which the ghost thinks insulting. Worse still, three of the children are forever trying to catch him out and trip him up. Literally. They have no respect!Illustration: “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” - Ghostbusters, 1984Whereas Wilde shows comedy in pragmatism towards ghosts, in 1961, the Chinese Communist party used it for propaganda, as I found when I read Stories about Not Being Afraid of Ghosts immediately after this (see my review HERE). It’s a strange collection!TheatricalThe ghost, a veritable ghoul of 300 years’ proud standing, has many elaborate costumes and characters. He is conscientious of “his solemn duty to appear” at regular intervals, and “with the enthusiastic egotism of the true artist… [remembers] his most celebrated performances”. The family’s refusal to be scared, and their active attempts to outwit him leave him humiliated, angry, and vengeful. SlapstickIt all turns rather slapstick. Home Alone came to mind, which may be far off the mark, as I’ve only seen it once or twice, many years ago, and no one is alone in this story. Illustration: “He met with a severe fall”Sympathetic villainI started to feel story for this ghost, even though he had murdered his wife: “the very darkness seemed to loathe him as he passed”.EarnestOne of the children doesn’t join in the taunting and traps. When she meets the ghost and suggests that “If you behave yourself, no one will annoy you”, the dialogue could be between Jack and Algy in The Importance of Being Earnest (see my review HERE):"It is absurd asking me to behave myself… quite absurd. I must rattle my chains, and groan through keyholes, and walk about at night, if that is what you mean. It is my only reason for existing.""It is no reason at all for existing, and you know you have been very wicked."Illustration: Almond blossom (from van Gough)Garden of Death“You must weep with me for my sins, because I have no tears, and pray with me for my soul, because I have no faith.”Towards the end, the tone changes dramatically. The humour evaporates and is replaced with tears and metaphors. Wilde’s stories of The Selfish Giant and The Nightingale and the Rose came to mind. There is even a barren tree that bears blossoms, and a nightingale. As with those, the ultimate message is that love is more powerful than death. Oddities and linksThis joke felt out of character:“My father will be only too happy to give you a free passage, and though there is a heavy duty on spirits of every kind, there will be no difficulty about the Custom House, as the officers are all Democrats.”I was surprised to learn that this story has inspired (at least) two heavy metal songs:• "The Canterville Ghost" by Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge. Lyrics here and a recording here.• "Dark Depth" by Serbian thrash metal band Alister. Lyrics here and a recording here.• Charles Laughton starred in a film version in 1944, details on imdb here. • Also, Sir John Gielgud in 1986, details on imdb here.I don't think I've seen either. You can read the story, with illustrations, on Gutenberg here.Illustration: “Suddenly there leaped out two figures”

  • MohammedAli
    2019-02-11 22:14

    " .. هذه القصّة سجل طريف للمحن التّي ألمت بشبح قصر آل كانترفيل حين انتقل هذا القصر التاريخي إلى وزير أمريكا المفوض في بلاط سانت جامس .. " رسالة من شبح :ما معنى أن تكون شبحا ؟ .. نعم ما معنى ذلك ؟ .. كنت في يوم ما أسطورة، رعبا حقيقيا. كنت في يوم ما .. نعم .. نعم كنت، و لكن الأيام دول .. اسألوني أنا .. هل تريدون سماع حكايتي .. اقتربوا .. لا تخافوا فقد ولى زمن الخوف من الأشباح .اسمي شبح كانترفيل .. و طبعا هذا إسم شهرتي .. ميت حي أو حي ميت لا أدري فالفارق عندي سواء منذ ثلاث قرون، ثلاث قرون أرعبت، خوّفت، قتلت، أمرضت، جنّنت،صرعت، و أرهبت فيها المئات من الأشخاص، حتى أصبحت أشهر شبح . احتاروا في أمري و في موهبتي ( الشبحية ) التي لم يعرف قبلها، كنت استثناء بفضل ذكائي و قدرتي على الإبتكار .. آه .. آه .. لا تندهشوا من رؤية الدموع .. فالأشباح عندها أحاسيس طبعا، و الأهم عندها كرامة تسعى للحفاظ عليها .هذا كثير، بل أكثر من كثير .. تخيلوا شبحا في عزّ شبوحيته إن صحّ هذا التعبير، شبح يفعل ما يريد و يظهر كيفما شاء و أينما شاء .. شبح في أوج عطائه المهني .. ثم .. ثم فجأة تأتي عائلة من أقصى بقاع الأرض و تهينني، و تعاملني بخشونة، و تسلط و استهتار و الأهم من ذلك لا يخافون مني إطلاقا .. آه .. تبا .. سأنتحر الآن .بدأت سقطتي يوم قدم هؤلاء الهمج حيث صرح الأب قائلا للمالك أنه سيشتري الدار و الشبح و الأثاث، نعم بهذه اللهجة الوقحة صنّفني مع الأشياء الأخرى، و كأنّه في استطاعته شرائي و بيعي، ثم بدأت الأمور تزداد سوءا حال قدومهم إلى المنزل، أذكر ذلك جيدا، ليلة رومانسية بالنسبة لي كشبح، أمطار و رياح، رعود عنيفة، برد شديد، و منزل مهجور منذ أمد بعيد .. جو لا ينقصه إلى حضوري .. و لكن هيهات .المهم إذا أردتم معرفة ماذا حدث لي .. إذا كنتم مهتمين بمأساتي .. اقرأوا القصة لتعرفوا ذلك .. لتعرفوا أن جشع الإنسان وصل حتى عالم الأشباح .. و لأننا لا نملك جمعية أو مؤسسسة تهتم بحقوقنا قررت كتابة هذه الرسالة .. و هذه هي كلماتي الأخيرة .. لأنّني بعدها مقدم على فعل لم يسبقني إليه شبح .. سأنتحر .. وداعا .التوقيع :شبح كانترفيل .hébergement gratuitقصة قصيرة تعد واحدة من روائع الأدب البريطاني، ضحكت و أنا أقرأها كثيرا و خاصة السخرية الواضحة من العقلية الأمريكية و عقلية الطبقة الأستقراطية البريطانية ." .. و كان إبنها الأكبر فتى ذهبي الشعر وسيم الطلعة إلى حد ما، و قد أعد نفسه للوظائف الديبلوماسية كما يفهمها الأمريكيون بإتقانه فن الرقص " " .. ما دواء الإغماء يا عزيزي هيرام فأجاب الوزير المفوض - اخصميه من أجرها كما تخصمين ما تكسره من أواني، فإن فعلت ذلك لم تعد إلى الإغماء مرة أخرى "" .. بل دار الحديث حول الموضوعات المهمة المألوفة بين أبناء الطبقة المثقفة من أثرياء أمريكا . مثال على ذلك : ضآلة سارة برنار إذا هي قيست بالآنسة فان دافنبورت. صعوبة الحصول في بيوت انكلترا ، حتى في أرقاها، على القمح الأخضر و الكعك المصنوع من القمح الأسود و جريش الذرة، من كل ما يأكله الأمريكيون في بلادهم و أهمية الدور الذي تلعبه بوسطن في تقدم الروح الإنسانية. منافع نظام الأمتعة الجديد في السفر بالسكة الحديدية.. "

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-02-10 22:24

    A Victorian ghost story by Oscar Wilde! 4.5 stars. Wilde deftly combines an occasionally grisly haunting, old-fashioned sentiment, a small droplet of romance, and a large helping of dry wit in this 1887 novella about a rather brash American family that buys a haunted mansion in Victorian England. This story makes fun of some British and American stereotypes of the day, but is oddly touching at the same time.Mr Otis, the American Minister (whatever that means, or meant), moves his family into a mansion called Canterville Chase, despite earnest warnings from the prior owner, Lord Canterville ("a man of the most punctilious honour"), about the ghost that's been haunting the home for 300 years, since 1584. Mr Otis dismisses the story, stating categorically that there's no such thing as a ghost.The Otis family--the parents, an older son ("christened Washington by his parents in a moment of patriotism, which he never ceased to regret"), a gravely sweet 15 year old daughter named Virginia, and two younger twin boys who would give Red Chief a run for his money--has a surprise coming. There is in fact a ghost and, like a true artiste, he takes a great deal of pride in his work ... you know, appearing in various bloody guises, breaking up engagements, driving people to suicide and such. It doesn't take the Otis family long to admit they were wrong about the existence of ghosts. But the ghost, too, has a surprise or two coming.It's a bit predictable, perhaps, but great fun for a ghost story, and a quick, light and enjoyable read. I love Oscar Wilde's brand of humor. Read it online or download it free here at Project Gutenberg. The illustrated version has some wonderful old drawings.

  • Praveen
    2019-02-17 01:22

    What a lovely ghost story this was! This turned out to be the cutest ghost story for me lately.I have read Wilde the novelist, this time his story also made a mark. When an American minister bought Canterville Chase ( A British Mansion), everyone said it was a foolish decision because the place was haunted and there was no doubt in it. But the American minister believed and said that there was no such thing, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of nature are not going to be suspended for the British aristocracy. Listening to it the owner of the Canterville replied, “If you don’t mind a ghost in the house, It is all right. Only you must remember I warned you.”A few weeks after, the purchase was concluded and the family of the American minister shifted to the Canterville Chase.Then there begins the holy terror of a ghost. There appears a red blood stain in the sitting room which comes again and again, even after wiping it multiple times. An old man of terrible aspect, his eyes as red burning coal, long gray hair fell over his shoulder in a matted coil, soiled and ragged garments with antique cut, wrists and ankles hung with heavy manacles and rusty gyves, appears and terrorises the minister’s family. Many fearful things happened but I was not affrighted as a reader. In fact, I enjoyed Ghost's terrorizing the family. There was an obvious reason behind it. The most charming thing about this story is the wit and humor that is wonderfully incorporated by Wilde in this ghostly plot.Not only this family faces new experiences in this mansion, this strange ghost also faces some odd but very curious experiences with this family that he had never faced, in a brilliant and uninterrupted career of three hundred years.This was a refreshing treat, as a quick read. A delightful story, written in a very witty way. The most delightful and colorful character of the story is the Ghost itself and you can surely fall in love with him.

  • Flor
    2019-02-04 00:22

    3,5⭐️ Este cuento tragicómico, trata sobre un fantasma que vive en el castillo de Canterville, y que vaga por sus rincones durante la noche, tratando de asustar sin éxito a sus nuevos habitantes, una familia norteamericana insensible a los fenómenos paranormales. Es muy corto y se lee rápido. Es ameno, por momentos hace reír y tiene un buen final. Mi baja calificación se debe a que lo leí con las expectativas muy altas, luego de leer el retrato de Dorian Gray, que me encantó. A pesar de eso, lo recomiendo, siempre es grato leer a Wilde. ☺️

  • Gary
    2019-01-21 23:31

    The Canterville Ghost is a charming tale, one of Oscar Wilde's best. It is a ghost story, a comedy and a romance all rolled into one, told with the offbeat, rolling wit that only Wilde can tell.An American family moves into a haunted mansion in England, but it is they who torment the ghost with their irrepressible irreverence, finally driving the phantom to despair. The lovely, charming daughter of the family, strikes up a friendship with the ghost, freeing it, with her prayer and tears.It is a tragic tale with a happy ending , a wonderful story for all ages.

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2019-02-18 22:38

    Americans are brash, tacky, shallow, pompous, and they really, really like to talk about products and shop for products and use products. Odd theme for a scary tale, right? Well, it so happens that it fits quite nicely in the ghost story format. And this is not the only time this has happened.You may not realize it, but I assure you that you already know the general plot and tone of this story: Biiiiiig city Americans (New Yorkers, in fact) move into a somewhat worn-down but charming estate in the English countryside which is haunted by a guy and his wife who murdered his wife, and all kinds of darkly humorous shenanigans ensue as this ghost attempts to chase the stubborn, pretentious New Yorkers from his home (in a town called Winter River? No, wait, it's England...okay, I’m confused). Twisting and distorting his body in graphically violent ways, wearing any number of "spooky" costumes, moaning and groaning throughout the house at night, and attempting to fake his own gory death in front of one of the children (I am not making this up) are all to no avail, and only add to the ghost’s frustration at his inability to frighten the unwelcome guests.Initially, the family doesn’t buy the whole “ghost” business, anyhow. However, once they come face-to-face with the most meagerly unexplainable phenomena, they quickly assume the stance of “oh, yes, ghosts, naturally” and barely bat an eyelash from then on. Rather than feeling fear or fascination, they quickly disregard the ghost as nothing more than a pest, and try to offer him American products like fancy oils to make his chains stop rattling and special cleaners to remove the blood that he is constantly re-staining the floor with. The youngest children find great pleasure in torturing him in numerous ways that slowly eat away at his self-confidence. The interplay of an increasingly impotent and indignant ghost with not one, but two Macaulay Culkin-esque* beast-children constantly tormenting it with Home Alone and Dennis the Menace-like tricks and traps, and the vain, materialistic parents constantly shoving their modernity down his throat are where the comedic tone of this "horror" story really work best. Fortunately for this sad bastard spirit, the family contains an open-minded and kind-hearted teenage daughter (yes, seriously) who understands the ghost in ways that her family never could, and therefore wants to help him out. This is where the plot veers off from Burton, and this is where I must leave you. To maintain an aura of mystery around this story, let's just say that she gets an A on the big math test and note that I am probably lying.The story is well-written, well-paced, and just plain fun to read. Though my rating may be a wee-bit high, it is only because I am trying to avoid the "judging a work for how good that author can be rather than for the story's own merit" effect. Dorian Gray is one of my favorite books of all time, and I am afraid that if I gauge my rating of this short on that masterpiece of a novel, I would have to knock it down far too low for what it deserves as a stand-alone story largely designed for children. So, yeah. How about we just say 3.666 stars and call it even?*Interesting but useless observation: same mom. Huh.

  • Char
    2019-01-25 20:24

    What a cute little story this was! Someone over at Booklikes recommended it to me, and I'm so glad I followed through. The Canterville Ghost is not scary at all, but it IS funny and as the story goes on, rather pitiful. I found myself laughing at some portions and then all but shedding a tear towards the end. This is a short story which is available for free, or at least this version is, at Amazon, and you can add the Audio for a nominal fee.

  • Piyangie
    2019-01-30 02:22

    What a fun read this was! I'm definitely in love with Oscar Wild works. He combines simple language with wit and humour which is easy to read and which completely holds your attention and leave you in awe once you are done with the reading. The story is about a ghost who had haunted his family castle and who had terrified all his descendants and their associates who was finally outwitted by an American family. Poor Ghost. He was so humiliated as he says to himself that "no ghost in history had ever been treated in this manner". Underlying this simple fun story, there is a contrast that has been drawn between British and American culture, values and ways of thinking. There is gentle humour on both sides. And amidst the humour, there is also an important message set in the story on life, death, love and forgiveness. All in all, I enjoyed the read thoroughly and had a good laugh.

  • Quirkyreader
    2019-02-10 01:12

    This is one of my favourite Wilde stories.

  • Apatt
    2019-02-03 23:38

    “But there is no such thing, sir, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of Nature are not going to be suspended for the British aristocracy.”Says Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister does not believe in no ghost, but he soon changes his mind when he has his close encounter. Even then, contrary to expectations, he is not particularly bothered. The Canterville Ghost is Oscar Wilde turning the ghost story tradition on its head, I suppose it can be regarded as a parody, but it also works well as a charming children’s story for Halloween.Mr. Otis and family move into Canterville Chase, completely unmindful of the warning from Lord Canterville that the house is haunted. However, he is soon convinced by seeing the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville himself. The first thing he does is to offer Sir Simon a bottle of “Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator” to oil his noisy clanking chains, much to the ghost’s mortification. Soon Sir Simon finds himself the object of bullying and pranks the Otis twins. His continued efforts to scare the Otis family members meet with failure, and humiliation and he ends up being more scared of the living than they are of him. Eventually, Sir Simon is left dejected and depressed, taking to moping in some quiet corner by himself. Fortunately the kindly Virginia Otis, Hiram’s teenage daughter, takes pity on him and befriends him. Aww…Oscar Wilde has a strange notion of the mechanic of the ghostly state, that is how a ghost functions in practical terms. Sir Simon feels out of breath, cold, discomfort and other sensations that you would not expect a non-corporeal being to worry about. He even has a “severe fall, through treading on a butter-slide”. Still, it would be pedantic to worry about such details, if this is how ghosts work in this story then fine.The Canterville Ghost is nice, pleasant, funny, and charming. It lacks the hilarity ofThe Importance of Being Earnest or the darkness ofThe Picture of Dorian Gray (also great for a Halloween read), but for children or anyone looking for something Halloweeny to read, just to get into the “spirit” of things, that is not violent, bloody or actually scary in any way, then this is probably the best option. As a ghost story, it is too tame for my taste, but I am always a fan of Wilde’s wit so it made me quite happy.Notes:•The Project Gutenberg e-book of this title comes with wonderful drawings by Wallace Goldsmith (a couple of them are used here).• There is, of course, a free Librivox audiobook version, wonderfully read by David Barnes, thank you. Quotes:“I have come from a modern country, where we have everything that money can buy; and with all our spry young fellows painting the Old World red, and carrying off your best actors and prima-donnas, I reckon that if there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe, we'd have it at home in a very short time in one of our public museums, or on the road as a show.”“Many American ladies on leaving their native land adopt an appearance of chronic ill-health, under the impression that it is a form of European refinement, but Mrs. Otis had never fallen into this error.”“What a monstrous climate!" said the American Minister, calmly, as he lit a long cheroot. "I guess the old country is so overpopulated that they have not enough decent weather for everybody. I have always been of opinion that emigration is the only thing for England.”

  • Denisse
    2019-01-30 23:18

    Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #8 A funny bookAnd for my 2015 Reading Resolutions: 5 Classics (4/5)Wilde’s humor is very interesting, he is not sarcastic. A very funny book about American behavior and redemption. Short, light and entertaining. Venga! Los americanos todo quieren comprar y que les compres XD fue lo más divertido de toda la historia, lo juro. Además que me gusta el toque divertido que le da Wilde al fantasma, cuando habla de todos las muertes que ha provocado y todas las desgracias suena como tipo “y pues si murió de un ataque al corazón cuando me le aparecí, y si, así es como debe ser, si”, el fantasma tiene unas historias bien macabras pero la forma en la que están contadas no suena creepy si no divertido. Whatdaf(?)Recomendado si quieres algo ligero, pero al mismo tiempo con mucho significado. También si te acabas de leer algo muy denso, esta es la historia perfecta para descansar.

  • Laysee
    2019-02-06 04:24

    I am no fan of ghost stories but I read a charming review of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost and decided that I was ready to be spooked in a good way. But I least expected myself to feel sympathy and even affection for the ghost that had haunted Canterville Chase for three centuries.Against advice and repeated warning, Hiram Otis, an American Minister to the Court of St. James, bought Canterville Chase from a British aristocratic family. Otis, his wife, three sons (including a pair of young, impish twins) and 15-year-old daughter (Virginia) were greeted by a sudden ominous change in weather the minute they drove up the long avenue to that grand old mansion. They were a modern family and convinced there was no such thing as a ghost. Sorely wrong. I was soon entranced by the ghost’s antics because he had the "egotism of the true artist". An amusing competition of sorts ensued: Otis Family versus Canterville Ghost. That made for fun reading. Oscar Wilde created a ghost protagonist that was predictably evil but unusually lovable. In fact, I liked him better than the Otis family. His flaws and vulnerability were relatable. The most beautiful writing centered on the ghost’s tender relationship with Virginia, which was precious and oddly touching. There was no lack of humor expressed in the understated antagonism between the Americans (the Otises supposedly “brought up on the severe, and …immortal, principles of Republican simplicity”) and the British nobility (the Cantervilles who claimed to “have blue blood… the very bluest in England").The Canterville Ghost did not deliver a good scare, for which I was glad. It was a witty and delightful "palette cleanser" in between books. Lovely.

  • Hirdesh
    2019-02-16 04:24

    Another book from treasure of Oscar Wilde.The way of writing was comprehensive and utterly persecuted.Ghost's different kind of preconception has seen which was awful for him.Brilliant classic book.

  • Josu Grilli
    2019-01-28 22:21

    Para mí, un clásico que no ha estado a la altura. Me ha parecido una historia floja, que no profundiza ni en los conflictos ni en los personajes, y narrad de una manera convencional. Lo siento, no ha sido para mí.

  • Yiota Misiou
    2019-02-04 02:15

    Ένα τόσο δα βιβλιαράκι με μια απολαυστική ιστορία και ταιριαστές εικόνες! Εντάξει,το απόλαυσα... Τι άλλο να πω;

  • Rinda Elwakil
    2019-02-13 03:14

    من إصدارات دار الهلال، من الرعب القوطي الساخر.Gothic-Mock. ارتبطت قصص الرعب القوطي بزنازين العصور الوسطي و قلاعها و ممراتها و ، و سراديبها و سلالها المتعرجة و براريها الموحشة، بكل ما هو جامح و دموي و همجي وغالبا ما تشمل عنصراً خارقاً للطبيعة..القصة تدعي شبح قصر كانترفيل، فمن الواضح أن هناك قصراً..و أن هناك شبحاً أرّق مالكيه علي مر العصور و أصاب بعضهم بالخبال و بعضهم بالرعب و ساهم في إبعاد العديد من خُدّام القصر بمجرد وصولهم للقصر..إلي أن تأتي أسرة أمريكية تقرر ابتياع القصر و شبحه متجاهلين تماماً تحذيرات مدير المنزل البريطاني الوقور معقبّين علي حديثه بأن لا وجود للأشباح و أن قوانين الطبيعة لن تغير مجراها إرضاء للأرستقراطية البريطانية.اللطيف هنا أن الأسرة هي من قامت بإخافة الشبح و جعله يشعر بالإهانة الشديدة لعدم اكتراثهم به فتارة يعطيه الأب لمفصلات سلاسله الحديدية التي تصدر صريراً يزعج نومه زيت تليين و تارة يهاجمه الأطفال بالنبال و تارة أخري يقوم الابن بتمثيل دور شبح يصيب شبح القصر الأصلي بالذعر لأنه لم ير شبحاً من قبل :)و كما قال المثل المصري الرائع: "ما عفريت إلا بني آدم"إصدارات دار الهلال تبعث البهجة ل نفسي كلما قرأت شيئاً منها مهما كانت جودته..قصة مسلية..عدد صفحات الكتيب 122 صفحة تبدأ القصة عند الصفحة 67 ! ما قبل ذلك مقدمة طويلة شديدة الإملال عن الكاتب و المؤلف و أشياء أخري مما جعلني اقفز حتي أصل إليها و قد قل حماسي للنصف.قصة شبح كانترفيل لها فيلم كارتوني أتذكر مشاهدته مرّة..سأبحث عنه مرة أخري :)

  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    2019-02-16 20:16

    *Primera lectura: Algún día del invierno de ese terrible 2012.*Segunda lectura: 27 de mayo del 2017.Interesante, gracioso hasta cierto mórbido y extraño punto, entretenedor, y con un profundo y precioso significado. Lo digo y lo diré siempre: leer a Wilde es una tremenda e irrepetible experiencia, todo un viaje por el que te conduce a través de sus letras.Dios... la forma en que escribe... Disculpen amiguitos, pero se trata de uno de mis autores favoritos de quien les hablo, y no es de extrañar que por momentos no sepa ni siquiera hilar los pensamientos en mi cabeza.Es tremenda la forma en que se burla de la aristocracia americana y su problema con el consumismo, el sádico humor del mismísimo fantasma, la inocencia del más bello personaje y el manejo del cansancio, la rutina y la redención.Suspiro por las letras de Wilde.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-02-18 04:39

    Almost witless. By which I mean this is nearly free of wit. That's a problem for Oscar Wilde, a writer whose career was based on his rapier wit. But I'm sorry fans, I just don't see it in The Canterville Ghost.In this story we have your typical set up where Americans come to the UK, buy up a castle, ghost-included, and then proceed to dash away hundreds of years of well-cultivated English tedium. (And I like their tedium, so that was a drag...)Wilde's commentary on stuffy Brits and cocky Americans is broad and soon played out. All that's left is a sappy love story.Well, that and a ghost story that's used for some good comic effect. The only problem with this part of the story is that recently it's been done a bajillion times. That's no fault of Wilde's, mind you! I don't blame him. But the fact it, these days the old put-one-over-on-the-scary-ghost bit has been done ad nauseam. If only we'd all read this book before being inundated by recent tv and movies...Still and all, this is an Oscar Wilde book and as such it's still good reading even with all of its faults. Yes, I've bashed it good here, but look up there at those shiny three stars. That's a solid thumbs-tepidly-up if I ever saw one!

  • Roberto
    2019-02-06 20:19

    "La morte deve essere così bella. Dimenticare il tempo, perdonare alla vita e raggiungere finalmente la pace"Cosa c'è di più drammatico (e tipico di certa letteratura) di un fantasma peccatore che, uccisa la consorte, vaga in pena in un castello con manette e catene arrugginite legate alle caviglie e ai polsi? Una situazione questa che certamente farebbe fuggire qualunque famiglia dovesse soggiornare nel castello.Ma Oscar Wilde nel castello ci mette invece una famiglia americana, con tanto di gemelli terribili (più del fantasma) al seguito. Famiglia che tutto fa fuorché spaventarsi per la presenza del fantasma; anzi, vale il contrario!Cosa può fare il dramma contro lo scetticismo? Il dolore contro il pragmatismo?Una storia gustosissima raccontata magistralmente da Wilde, con umorismo e originalità."Gli inglesi oggigiorno hanno veramente tutto in comune con gli americani, tranne, naturalmente, la lingua"

  • Laura
    2019-02-01 01:12

    Este ha sido uno de los libros más divertidos que he leído.Podemos ver la diferencia que había entre los estadounidenses y los británicos en esa época y cómo se veían los unos a los otros. Me habría gustado que fuese más largo para seguir disfrutando viendo cómo el fantasma intenta asustar a la familia y los gemelos siguen gastándole bromas, o el padre sigue dándole productos para sus cadenas oxidadas y que él se lo tome todo como una gran afrenta. Creo que el final es un poco precipitado, me hubiese encantado saber todo lo que pasó.Hay que reconocer que Oscar Wilde dominaba todos los géneros que escribía.

  • Nickolas the Kid
    2019-02-18 01:31

    Μόνο ο Όσκαρ Ουάιλντ θα μπορούσε να συνδυάσει σε ένα παραμύθι τόσα πολλά στοιχεία!!! Μεταφυσική γοτθική ατμόσφαιρα, σκωπτική διάθεση και ρομαντισμός!!!Κι όλα αυτά σε ένα σχεδόν παιδικό παραμύθι...Η Ιστορία του Φαντάσματος στο Κάντερβιλ είναι ακόμα ένα κομμάτι της ψυχής του μεγάλου συγγραφέα (όπως άλλωστε όλα του τα έργα) που το κατέθεσε μέσα από αυτό το όμορφο παραμύθι...Απλά 5/5

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-01-22 02:14

    Now that was a good ghost story. It was refreshing. I loved the humor, but there was also pathos. I kind of liked the old crusty Canterville ghost, even though he was kind of evil. I loved how the Otis children turned the tables on him. And how Virginia felt sad for Sir Simon, and helped him to get closure. This is the second story I've read by Oscar Wilde, and I must say, I am very impressed with his writing. His work has a depth, but an airy lightness to it, and a hard to define beauty to it. Honestly, I can't find the words to really explain how I feel about it. I think that he managed to put so much into this short story, and I was very pleased with the result. I can't believe I waited so long to read Oscar Wilde. Shame on me.If you have not read The Canterville Ghost, I highly recommend doing so. It is free online through various sources.

  • Radwa Abdelbasset
    2019-01-28 00:15

    ياعسل :Dالقصة صغيرة جدًا لكن ضحكتني للغاية خِفة دم الشبح وعائلة أوتيس عجبتني :')قرأتها في أقل من ساعة، لكن كان وقت لطيف ^^شكرًا للحاجات الصغننة إللي بتكون زي قطعة السكر.

  • Jim
    2019-02-11 21:26

    I love Wilde's writing and humor. If you're looking for something short to read this Wilde's ghost comedy is the right thing for you.Δεν ξέρω αν υπάρχει κάποιος που δεν του αρέσει ο Wilde. Θα μου πεις πως να μην μου αρέσει, όταν διαβάζεις ιστορίες σαν αυτήν εδώ. Η γραφή του είναι όπως πάντα λυρική, το χιούμορ του απλό και αθώο, και η ιστορία αν και στην αρχή δεν φαίνεται είναι πρωτότυπη.Σε τούτη εδώ την ιστορία, έχουμε την πολύ κλασσική αρχή με μια οικογένεια να μετακομίζει σε ένα σπίτι που είναι στοιχειωμένο. Πάντως δεν τους φταίει και κανείς μιας και τους είχανε προειδοποιήσει. Εκεί που αλλάζει το πράγμα είναι στο οτι η οικογένεια κάνει την ζωή του φαντάσματος δύσκολη και όχι το αντίστροφο. Λεπτομέρειες φυσικά δεν θα πω. 5 αστέρια για τον αγαπημένο Wilde

  • Israa
    2019-01-27 03:37

    أدق وصف ليها: حدوتة جميلة..هأضيفها للحواديت اللي هأحكيها لأولادي في يوم ^__^

  • Michelle Cano
    2019-02-20 04:13

    “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” <3

  • Linda
    2019-02-04 01:31

    In Canterville Chase there is a misunderstood, unsuccessful ghost, who used to be very successful, until an American family, Otis, moved in. The Americans are portrayed in a peculiar manner. They have a fancy for materialim and American super products, and know nothing about the English etiquette. Wilde emphasized differences in culture by creating special characters and then pitting the "unsophisticated tastes" of the patriotic Americans - patriotic as their children are named Washington and Virginia - against the Brittish esteem of traditions.Spoiler's alert!Thereby, the family haven’t got a clue how to behave when seeing a ghost, nor that it’s not very polite to insult him. The Ghost tries many different approaches, but is sinking deeper and deeper into despair. It all starts when Mr Otis is tired of the noise the Ghost is making - trying to scare them with rustling chains - and declares: ”I really must insist on your oiling those chains, and have brought you for that purpose a small bottle of the Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator”.The self-centred Americans don’t respect him at all, despite all his effords to frighten them, and the fact that he's not able to fulfill his duty makes him depressed. He can't understand their behavior, and, in fact, he ends up being the one fleeing from them.”There was evidently no time to be lost, so, hastily adopting the Fourth Dimension of Space as a means of escape, he vanished through the wainscoting, and the house became quiet quiet.”My favorite parts were the ones with the blood-stain. It is hilarious, and referred to many times.”For some days after this he was extremely ill, and hardly stirred out of his room at all, except to keep the blood-stain in proper repair.””For five days he kept to his room, and at last made up his mind to give up the point of the blood-stain on the library floor. It the Otis family did not want it, they clearly did not deserve it. They were evidently people on a low, material plane of existence, and quite incapable of appreciating the symbolic value of sensuous phenomena.””'...who ever heard of emerald-green blood?''Well, really' said the Ghost, rather meekly, 'what was I to do? It is a very difficult thing to get real blood nowadays, and as your brother began it all with his Paragon Detergent, I certainly was no reason why I should not have your paints. As for colour, that is always a matter of taste: the Cantervilles have blue blood, for instance, the very bluest in England; but I know you Americans don’t care for things of this kind.'”What is it with Oscar Wilde that so captures me? I ask myself. Well, first and foremost, his books have an exceptional wit. Second, Wilde had a scary, extraordinary ability to reveal people’s inner nature, that is a fact, evident in masterpieces like "Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Nightingale and the Rose". Third, Wilde often turned things around, and offered new perspectives. In this piece of work, Wilde’s main protagonist isn't one of the family, often adopted by other authors of ghost stories, but the Ghost itself. Wilde concentrated on his feelings, fears and despair, and the story takes a different turn than you might have thought. It’s not entirely a satire, it's also deeply insightful and moving. The story, as I see it, is really about forgiveness and moving on, something that, interestingly, is examined through a ghost. The ending, where Virginia must weep for him for his sins, because he have no tears, and pray for him for his soul, because he have no faith, was beautiful.

  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    2019-02-10 21:13

    Antes que nada quiero que sepan que nunca había leído a Oscar Wilde en mi vida y gracias al #MaratónBooktastic eso cambió. Antes de leer El Fantasma de Canterville pensaba que me iba a encontrar una una historia de terror, una mansión embrujada, gritos y horrores, pero estaba muy equivocada. El Fantasma de Canterville nos cuenta la historia de una familia estadounidense que se muda a Inglaterra y se quedan con una casa embrujada que nadie quiere: Canterville Chase. A la familia Otis, los americanos, no les importa nada, pues dicen que las historias de fantasmas son para supersticiosos, así que viven una vida normal hasta que cosas extrañas empiezan a suceder. Ruidos en la noche, algo arrastrando unas cadenas, manchas de sangre multicolor en el salón y, por supuesto, el espectro. Lo que me encantó de esta historia es que, precisamente, no es para nada lo que esperaba. El libro me hizo reír muchísimo, mas no me asustó. Fue genial ver cómo Wilde logró invertir los papeles del fantasma y de la familia atormentada de manera que era el fantasma quien más sufría en esta historia. Y los intentos del pobre por que lo tomaran en serio eran un poco descorazonadores porque los Otis, excluyendo a la chica, eres absolutamente infames con él. También es curioso cómo, a pesar de conocer la historia del fantasma y los horrores que cometió en vida, sentimos pena por él y queremos que encuentre su liberación.