The Haunted House

The Haunted House[Read] ➮ The Haunted House By Charles Dickens – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Compiled by Charles Dickens, and counting Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins among its contributors, this rediscovered work is an ingenious collaborative tale of the supernatural with indelible touc Compiled by Charles Dickens, and counting Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins among its contributors, this rediscovered work is an ingenious collaborative tale of the supernatural with indelible touches of pure Dickensian comedy When the narrator spies a deserted house from his railway carriage, he determines to take up residence But local legend has it that this is The Haunted PDF or a haunted house, and no servant will dare enter employment Refusing to be thwarted, he instead invites a number of acquaintances to join him, commissioning each with the task of routing out any supernatural inhabitants As they gather together on twelfth night, each recounts his version of the ghostly activities. Not so classic Charles Dickens Sad to say, this was my first experience with reading Dickens Might have been better to have read one of hisfamous tales as he has, to this day, quite the reputation of being a great writer of the Victorian Era.This novella, compiled by him and edited by him, includes stories from other authors as well as himself Some being short , some being a bit longer, some ghostly, and others not ghostly at all But I still found this book very interesting and readin Not so classic Charles Dickens Sad to say, this was my first experience with reading Dickens Might have been better to have read one of hisfamous tales as he has, to this day, quite the reputation of being a great writer of the Victorian Era.This novella, compiled by him and edited by him, includes stories from other authors as well as himself Some being short , some being a bit longer, some ghostly, and others not ghostly at all But I still found this book very interesting and reading it gave me a chance to obtain a feel for the writing style of Dickens.I will definitely experience this author again I would recommend, if you are just getting started with Charles Dickens, that you do, as I did not, read one of hisproliferus writings that made him one of the literary geniuses of his era Charles Dickens is often credited with having invented Christmas as we know it This claim might be exaggerated as is argued here , but one can hardly contest the fact that his Christmas novels are a major contribution not only to the literature of this feast, but also to what might be termed its social iconography Works such as A Christmas Carol or The Chimes both fed and met the expectations of the periodical reading public whilst tapping into the tradition of telling ghost stories Charles Dickens is often credited with having invented Christmas as we know it This claim might be exaggerated as is argued here , but one can hardly contest the fact that his Christmas novels are a major contribution not only to the literature of this feast, but also to what might be termed its social iconography Works such as A Christmas Carol or The Chimes both fed and met the expectations of the periodical reading public whilst tapping into the tradition of telling ghost stories during long December nights The Haunted House dates from 1859 and was published in Dickens s weekly periodical All the Year Round It is a collective effort featuring contributions from several of Dickens s friends and regular collaborators Dickens himself acts as master of ceremonies and provides the frame story, about a group of acquaintances who spend Christmas at an allegedly haunted house, with an agreement that they recount their experiences on Twelfth Night Given the title and premise, one would be forgiven for expecting a supernatural work or even a prototype Haunting of Hill House Alas, this is nothing of the sort Many of the contributors either interpret haunting in a metaphorical sense or else merely use the ghost as a prop for a totally different sort of tale Just to give an example, Hesba Stretton writes a moralistic love story whilst George Augustus Sala s narrator claims to have been visited by the Ghost of the Ague , prompting a rather tiresome slapstick piece about a wretch with an uncontrollable tremor.This Hesperus Press edition includes a foreword by novelist and Dickens biographer Peter Ackroyd He is decidedly lukewarm in his praise for this work, singling out only Dickens s contributions for their quality Even about these, he has some serious reservations which are, frankly, justified Indeed, apart from the background narrative, Dickens contributes a strange and rather uncomfortable story about a group of infants at a school who decide to set up a harem It is likely that Dickens meant to satirise a contemporary fad for Orientalism , but to a modern reader, his tale raises disturbing spectres of both paedophilia and although Ackroyd does not specifically mention this racism Ackroyd still considers the remaining chapters as inferior, and here I beg to differ I must confess that, except when I m in the mood for him, I tend to find Dickens s prose heavy and his humour smug In The Haunted House, for instance, I much preferred his friend Wilkie Collins s rollicking seafaring tale or, despite its streak of melodrama, Elizabeth Gaskell s domestic tragedy about a son who disappoints his simple parents expectations And yes, Adelaide Ann Procter s sacred legend in verse featuring a nun visited by the Virgin Mary is over written at times, but its Medieval setting and deliberate archaisms give it pleasant Pre Raphaelite and Gothic overtones, not unlike Flaubert s The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller Still, a few ghostly scares would not have been amissVisit It s Not the House That s HauntedI am sure that I will not spoil anything when I tell you, right at the start, that you must not expect a haunted house in this collection of short stories Rather, each of the stories included in this collection tell you something about the fears, worries and preoccupations of the minds of their respective narrators This could be the breeding ground for some truly spine chilling yarns, but alas the title The Haunted House is misleading in that the house is not It s Not the House That s HauntedI am sure that I will not spoil anything when I tell you, right at the start, that you must not expect a haunted house in this collection of short stories Rather, each of the stories included in this collection tell you something about the fears, worries and preoccupations of the minds of their respective narrators This could be the breeding ground for some truly spine chilling yarns, but alas the title The Haunted House is misleading in that the house is not haunted at all I am telling you this beforehand lest you should approach this collection with wrong expectations, as I most certainly did The Haunted House is a collaboration of Dickens s with a handful of other writers and it appeared in the 1859 Christmas number of Dickens s periodical All the Year Round Probably Dickens wanted to live up to the public s expectation of his delivering his annual Christmas story without putting too much time into it His collaborators were well known writers to the Victorian reader, although only two of them Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell have stood the test of time And if you look at the two stories these two contributed you might get an idea why this is the case, because these two contributions are the best tales in the whole collection Collins gives us the tale of a sailor who goes through two hours of mortal anguish when he is manacled and put into the hold of a ship containing explosives with a burning candle and a slow match wick ready to light It is not a ghost story but a tale of terror redolent of Edgar Allan Poe s The Pit and the Pendulum Gaskell s story is about a couple of honest to God farmers whose son is an ingrate and underhanded good for nothing How far will this villain go in his attempts at obtaining his parents modest fortune Not only is there a very dramatic ending, but Gaskell also manages to give us a vivid impression of her characters and the atmosphere.Dickens s introduction is also amusing to read as he makes fun of people s sensationalist gullibility when it comes to haunted houses, but the tale he contributes is downright silly A similar experience in silliness, and in an annoyingly contrived attempt at original prose, can be seen in George Augustus Sala s story The first story in the collection was written by Hesba Stretton, and it has a certain touch of Bront an sentimentality and pathos, which made it the most unpalatable story of the bunch for me Last, not least, there is a long narrative poem by Adelaide Anne Procter, which is superior to Sala and Stretton s efforts, though still not as convincing as the tales given by Collins and Gaskell.All in all, I did not particularly enjoy this short story collection, but nevertheless I would recommend the two outstanding tales by Gaskell and Collins DNFing about a third of the way through I really like the idea of this book, but it has way too many characters for what it s trying to do If you had the main guy that we met in the first chapter and just documented his interactions with the ghosts in each of the rooms, it would be a better and clearer story Instead, we have a different character staying in every room, and then those characters start telling the ghost s stories, and it s hard to catch who is actually talking since we don t ac DNFing about a third of the way through I really like the idea of this book, but it has way too many characters for what it s trying to do If you had the main guy that we met in the first chapter and just documented his interactions with the ghosts in each of the rooms, it would be a better and clearer story Instead, we have a different character staying in every room, and then those characters start telling the ghost s stories, and it s hard to catch who is actually talking since we don t actually know any of the characters in the first place Published in 1862 in the periodical, All the Year Round , The Haunted House is a portmanteau of seven ghost stories including a narrative poem, by different authors that Dickens invited to contribute to an annual Christmas collection These authors included Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, both personal friends of Dickens However, if the reader is expecting full blown supernatural Gothic effects, he she may be disappointed However, it is a collection that repays reading to appreciate Published in 1862 in the periodical, All the Year Round , The Haunted House is a portmanteau of seven ghost stories including a narrative poem, by different authors that Dickens invited to contribute to an annual Christmas collection These authors included Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, both personal friends of Dickens However, if the reader is expecting full blown supernatural Gothic effects, he she may be disappointed However, it is a collection that repays reading to appreciate its subtlety Each narrator is assigned a haunted room in the abandoned house where the story telling takes place Undoubtedly, the story that stands out in this collection, The Ghost in the Cupboard Room , manages to evoke a real sense of psychological terror that is worthy of Edgar Allen Poe, is by Wilkie Collins The narrator, a mariner called Jack Beaver, cannot take a candle upstairs to his haunted room As the reader discovers in his account of how he is taken prisoner on his ship travelling to Bolivia, the sight of a candle burning down its wick will mean a gruesome death from which it is seemingly impossible to escape Not everything by Charles Dickens is worthy of being called a masterpiece The Haunted House is a selection of short stories on the theme of a haunted house Dickens dashed off the joining story and two smaller contributions, and edited the other stories The contributors included Wilkie Collins who wrote the only good story in the collection and Elizabeth Gaskell, along with three other writers whose names were not familiar to me.At first I thought the stories would all be about ghosts in the Not everything by Charles Dickens is worthy of being called a masterpiece The Haunted House is a selection of short stories on the theme of a haunted house Dickens dashed off the joining story and two smaller contributions, and edited the other stories The contributors included Wilkie Collins who wrote the only good story in the collection and Elizabeth Gaskell, along with three other writers whose names were not familiar to me.At first I thought the stories would all be about ghosts in the particular haunted house which Dickens s hero and his friends were staying, but it seems that most of the stories were about incidents in the others pasts that haunted them This book was my first attempt at reading a full length Dickens novel Unfortunately, I didn t realize until I d got home from the library that it was a collection of short stories, a collective round robin of Victorian literary minds This didn t detract me though, and I m very glad Though Dickens only contributed a few short chapters to the novel, he orchestrated the whole scheme, and his humor and affinity for the supernatural was present throughout the work This was a very enjoyable read This book was my first attempt at reading a full length Dickens novel Unfortunately, I didn t realize until I d got home from the library that it was a collection of short stories, a collective round robin of Victorian literary minds This didn t detract me though, and I m very glad Though Dickens only contributed a few short chapters to the novel, he orchestrated the whole scheme, and his humor and affinity for the supernatural was present throughout the work This was a very enjoyable read, very amusing at times, especially the story of the Ague ghost Boy howdy, was this boring So much moralizing, and none of it particularly fit together or was the slightest bit spooky No thanks. An interesting concept for an anthology of short stories, very unique The introduction and setting of the Haunted House was creepy and funny, and created a vivid atmosphere for the stories, so that though they were extremely varied, they always hand an air of mystery, as well as a bridge between their widely differing genres and styles The ending of the book fell a bit flat for me though, since the ghostly activity from the beginning of the book was never sufficiently resolved, and just seemed An interesting concept for an anthology of short stories, very unique The introduction and setting of the Haunted House was creepy and funny, and created a vivid atmosphere for the stories, so that though they were extremely varied, they always hand an air of mystery, as well as a bridge between their widely differing genres and styles The ending of the book fell a bit flat for me though, since the ghostly activity from the beginning of the book was never sufficiently resolved, and just seemed to vanish in the end without reason instead, two couples got married and the author talked about the Bible Maybe this made sense as a convention of literature at the time it was written, maybe to make it a happy ending or something, but at present, it threw an anticlimax at the end of a book that was really good and engaging in all other aspects Aside from that, this book was highly entertaining and extremely memorable The stories themselves are haunting and will stick with me for sometime to come This is most definitely a book worth reading Oncemy foray into the library fiction shelves was rushed I quickly grabbed this thinking I was going to read a spooky tale by Charles Dickens The Haunted House it turns out, is a collection of short stories The Mortals in the House by Dickens The Ghost in the Clock Room by Hesba Stretton The Ghost in the Double Room by George Augustus Sala The Ghost in the Picture Room a poem by Adelaide Anne Procter The Ghost in the Cupboard Room by Wilkie Collins The Ghost in Maste Oncemy foray into the library fiction shelves was rushed I quickly grabbed this thinking I was going to read a spooky tale by Charles Dickens The Haunted House it turns out, is a collection of short stories The Mortals in the House by Dickens The Ghost in the Clock Room by Hesba Stretton The Ghost in the Double Room by George Augustus Sala The Ghost in the Picture Room a poem by Adelaide Anne Procter The Ghost in the Cupboard Room by Wilkie Collins The Ghost in Master B s Room by Dickens The Ghost in the Garden Room by Elizabeth Gaskell, and The Ghost in the Corner Room by Dickens.I initially struggled with this Not what I would call supernatural, and the short stories were just that, too short A dozen pages each The jewel was The Ghost in the Garden Room by Elizabeth Gaskell, over forty pages and I wished it had lasted longer The book itself is done in just over 120 pages.It was o.k I m really a die hard non fiction reader and this was no spine chiller

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