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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  35,051 ratings  ·  1,935 reviews
This is Oscar Wilde's tale of the American family moved into a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance of its tired ghost. The family -- which refuses to believe in him -- is in Wilde's way a commentary on the British nobility of the day -- and on the Americans, too. The tale, like many of Wilde's, is rich with allusion, but ends as sentimental romance. . ...more
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published 1997 by Walker Books (first published February 23rd 1887)
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The original Wilde Thing does it again... 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 plotti
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cecily by: Apatt
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;
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Canterville Ghost, Oscar Wilde
The Canterville Ghost is a novella by Oscar Wilde. It was the first of Wilde's stories to be published, appearing in two parts in The Court and Society Review, 23 February and 2 March 1887. The story is about an American family who move to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman, who killed his wife and was starved to death by his wife's brothers. It has been adapted for the stage and screen several times.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی و یکم ماه می سال 200
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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 m
Mohammed  Ali
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" .. 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، خو
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 Britis
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 r
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Paquita Maria Sanchez
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 t
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.

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 e
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite Wilde stories.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
“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 ch
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denisse by: Lau
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #8 A funny book
And for my 2015 Reading Resolutions: 5 Classics

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 desg
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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,
Jason Koivu
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, fiction, humor
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 America
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-1-junio
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.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk

"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 ge
Carlos De Eguiluz
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*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
Yiota Misiou
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα τόσο δα βιβλιαράκι με μια απολαυστική ιστορία και ταιριαστές εικόνες! Εντάξει,το απόλαυσα... Τι άλλο να πω;
Rinda Elwakil
من إصدارات دار الهلال، من الرعب القوطي الساخر.
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

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 تماما
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of humorous supernatural fiction
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Colleen McGlashen
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.
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 hu
Radwa Abdelbasset

ياعسل :D
القصة 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.
Nickolas the Kid
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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 είνα
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
أدق وصف ليها: حدوتة جميلة..
هأضيفها للحواديت اللي هأحكيها لأولادي في يوم ^__^
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
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 america
Michelle Cano
“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
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being ...more
“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.” 4931 likes
“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 help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.” 794 likes
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