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Oscar Wilde's clever parody provides an entertaining twist on the traditional gothic horror story. A gauche, materialistic American family moves into the English mansion of Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance of the resident ghost. Wilde creates an unforgettable gallery of characters, from Hiram B. Otis and his children to Lord Canterville and the chain-clanking ghost Oscar Wilde's clever parody provides an entertaining twist on the traditional gothic horror story. A gauche, materialistic American family moves into the English mansion of Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance of the resident ghost. Wilde creates an unforgettable gallery of characters, from Hiram B. Otis and his children to Lord Canterville and the chain-clanking ghost Sir Simon. This brilliant and often overlooked story is a clever commentary on how Wilde saw "free" America challenging "traditional" England — all in the guise of a charming fireside tale. This faithful graphic novel adaptation is ideal for students and any readers who want to understand and appreciate the original story. Running 130 pages and featuring stunning artwork, the book includes an illustrated character list (like a dramatis personae) and fascinating support material that details the life and work of Wilde.


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Oscar Wilde's clever parody provides an entertaining twist on the traditional gothic horror story. A gauche, materialistic American family moves into the English mansion of Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance of the resident ghost. Wilde creates an unforgettable gallery of characters, from Hiram B. Otis and his children to Lord Canterville and the chain-clanking ghost Oscar Wilde's clever parody provides an entertaining twist on the traditional gothic horror story. A gauche, materialistic American family moves into the English mansion of Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance of the resident ghost. Wilde creates an unforgettable gallery of characters, from Hiram B. Otis and his children to Lord Canterville and the chain-clanking ghost Sir Simon. This brilliant and often overlooked story is a clever commentary on how Wilde saw "free" America challenging "traditional" England — all in the guise of a charming fireside tale. This faithful graphic novel adaptation is ideal for students and any readers who want to understand and appreciate the original story. Running 130 pages and featuring stunning artwork, the book includes an illustrated character list (like a dramatis personae) and fascinating support material that details the life and work of Wilde.

30 review for The Canterville Ghost: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khadija

    '' I want to buy the house '', said Mr Otis. ''I'll buy the ghost as well. Will you sell Canterville Chase? Will you sell the ghost? '' It's a Classic horror comedy about a rich American Family moved in England. So, They decided, to sell a big old house which is located in the countryside outside London. But the problem is the house had a ghost . I really enjoyed reading this Novel ,and what I have learned , is all the bad you do will come back to you :(

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    some classics are so much easier to read in graphic novel format....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I found the Audible version of this book, quite entertaining. An American family moves into a haunted house in England. The boys in the family play tricks on the ghost, and make him feel he has no worth as a ghost. The young girl in the family is kind to the ghost, and ends up helping him.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    So I don't normally read comic books.... but I came across this item while searching for Halloween reads and I do like Oscar Wilde so I figured why not. It is a cleaver little story and the illustrations a good. A quicky to start off my October reading....

  5. 4 out of 5

    StrictlySequential

    Even better than Barron's Graphic classics in terms of "back matter" (bio, timeline, etc, etc...) BUT not in original text which irks me! I enjoy reading British more than American- especially 19th century!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nisa Greennnpanda

    Rating: 4 stars Likes: -- I have never had the chance to read this classic, so I was quite thrilled when I found a graphic novel of it in a library. It's a nice story, with a horror comedy genre. Now I can tick off one classic read of my list.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    This is a well illustrated graphic novel version of the original Canterville Ghost. It has some great pictures and most especially, stays pretty loyal to the original. I had to go obsess and compare the two, and there are a few lines missing, but nothing substantial. The mood and humor are preserved quite well. I would probably feel like I had to 'help' a youngster who read this, because a few jokes are historical prods at the cultures and countries of the time. Perhaps a little history lesson m This is a well illustrated graphic novel version of the original Canterville Ghost. It has some great pictures and most especially, stays pretty loyal to the original. I had to go obsess and compare the two, and there are a few lines missing, but nothing substantial. The mood and humor are preserved quite well. I would probably feel like I had to 'help' a youngster who read this, because a few jokes are historical prods at the cultures and countries of the time. Perhaps a little history lesson might be in order, or the kid can just have it pass right over their head so they can 'get it' at another day and age. A satisfying read for a Sunday afternoon when it is too rainy to want to do anything but brood. This graphic novel provides the reader with a brood that is self deprecating, and that helps keep brooding in its place. Geez, do I sound like an optimist or what? I am a firm believer in controlled brooding, what can I say? As a side note, I was rather disturbed to discover that there are three levels to these 'classics' graphic novelizations. Apparently you can get a classic with the original story and words, or a classic with SOME of the story and words, or you can get a brightly colored action packed graphic novel of a classic with very few words, one sentence apparently substituted for whole paragraphs. WHY??? Let the kid who can hold a graphic novel have stuff go over their head! It makes 'em hungry for the next level. Or, they get to discover the next level quite by accident when they go back and reread. I didn't know these levels existed when I got this book- I'm glad that I have one true to the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the first graphic novel I have read, having really no interest in graphic novels at all. It probably wasn't the best choice I could have made as I would much rather read classic literature in tried and true literary form, but given all of that, I liked it. It seems to be part of a series of literary titles published by Classical Comics in graphic form to gin up student interest in the classics. The story is a parody on the gothic genre so popular in Oscar Wilde's day. It turns the typica This is the first graphic novel I have read, having really no interest in graphic novels at all. It probably wasn't the best choice I could have made as I would much rather read classic literature in tried and true literary form, but given all of that, I liked it. It seems to be part of a series of literary titles published by Classical Comics in graphic form to gin up student interest in the classics. The story is a parody on the gothic genre so popular in Oscar Wilde's day. It turns the typical ghost story upside down and puts the ghost on the defensive. It is also a commentary on upper crust British society vs. nouveau riche, materialistic Americans. Really the only problem I had with the graphic version was the graphics! Particularly Virginia who was seemingly supposed to be a sweet slip of a thing but was drawn like a tank. I will have to read the actual short story to make any other comparisons. There is quite a bit of information in the appendices of the book; a brief bio of Oscar Wilde and some other useful and interesting support material. I have since started a graphic novel that was meant to be a graphic novel - Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi which might be a better testing of the waters for me. We'll see if I am motivated to read the entire series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin

    This must be one of the best graphic novels of a story of Oscar Wilde so far! Unfortunately in this edition there were a few words missing in the speech bubbles. But otherwise an excellent adaption of the story. It's so good I will add it to my buy list! I don't know if this will be readily agreed with, indeed many may find it offence, however, I have to say in a strange sweet way in the two chronological look at Oscar Wilde's life the trials and imprisonment are not even mentioned. I say this i This must be one of the best graphic novels of a story of Oscar Wilde so far! Unfortunately in this edition there were a few words missing in the speech bubbles. But otherwise an excellent adaption of the story. It's so good I will add it to my buy list! I don't know if this will be readily agreed with, indeed many may find it offence, however, I have to say in a strange sweet way in the two chronological look at Oscar Wilde's life the trials and imprisonment are not even mentioned. I say this is a positive because to my view point it shows that he was actually someone to the world and should be remembered as such before he was convicted. Others may not see it this way and cry it is covering up his sexuality and were the printers ashamed etc. etc. But if anyone who reads this book and is inspired to learn more let them do it themselves. When other books have mentioned this aspect of his life they insist on painting him as a tragic figure and that his life was almost meaningless until he was sent to prison. By not mentioning it here the publisher may be saying let everyone make up their own minds! Of course I may be wrong about this, however, these were my thoughts when I noticed the non-mention in this book. Well done tho' to the illustrator and the script writer!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kats

    Having last read The Canterville Ghost in secondary school, it was great to revisit this humorous horror story in a different form; the graphic novel. My 9-year-old son received this for Christmas in preparation for an opera visit tomorrow which sees the Canterville Ghost aiming to scare the audience at the Zurich Opera House... in vain, I suspect. The full colour drawings in this edition are fantastic, and the words are all the original text, so it was a truly wonderful combination to enjoy. Fi Having last read The Canterville Ghost in secondary school, it was great to revisit this humorous horror story in a different form; the graphic novel. My 9-year-old son received this for Christmas in preparation for an opera visit tomorrow which sees the Canterville Ghost aiming to scare the audience at the Zurich Opera House... in vain, I suspect. The full colour drawings in this edition are fantastic, and the words are all the original text, so it was a truly wonderful combination to enjoy. First read of the New Year.... easing my way into the new reading challenge. :-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I found this story to be absolutely hysterical! Despite his greatest efforts, the Canterville ghost just can't seem to scare anyone. No amount of blood on the floor or the rattling of chains will do the job. Frustration grows within the ghost as he falls victim to ghoulish pranks played by humans. The graphics in this comic are superb I defintely reccomend this book to anyone who would enjoy a ghost story gone awry.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I've given other classical literature the graphic novel treatment; this one didn't quite live up to my expectations, but was decent enough for the 45-minute read. Some speech bubbles are missing letters which made the reading a bit weird, but the art was nice. If you've read Oscar Wilde's original you may be disappointed. If you've watched the movies you might like this better. 2.5-3.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brandon O'Neill

    I like the Classical Comics series of graphic novels and Oscar Wilde. Great story in full color and some biographical information at the end. One of the first horror/comedy mixes to come out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ECKane

    I'm not familiar with the original story by Oscar Wilde, so I cannot comment on the story itself (but my guess is that I would not have liked it). I LOVED the speed at which you can read a graphic novel AND I loved the graphics. I think I will try some others, hopefully with a better story line.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    A great modern graphic novel adaptation of a classic gothic horror comedy!

  16. 4 out of 5

    K M

    Read along-side the Kindle edition to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Only a few sentences here and there were missing (made unnecessary by the artwork) from the graphic novel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    What's a ghost to do when people laugh at your best attempts to terrify them? The Canterville Ghost: The Graphic Novel by Sean Michael Wilson (Adapter), Oscar Wilde, Gale Editor

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Roberts

    A very throughly enjoyable read, loved any mixture of it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Flint

    Absolutely hilarious!

  20. 4 out of 5

    תניה

    Well... I must say that the graphic novel misses the point slightly. It is about the contrast between old British values and modern American ones, but it just does not get there. It lacks.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hunter Ross

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe Lerch

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lilit Mkrtchyan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janete

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek Goel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diedre Poellnitz

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ned

  29. 5 out of 5

    Agata

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rohit

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