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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 09/26/2007

'Lost' Book Club: 'The Turn of the Screw'

By Jen Chaney

(Norilana Books)

It's only fitting that as we enter October, a month known primarily for its association with Halloween and tales of the creepy-spooky-altogether-ooky variety, that we turn our collective attention to a ghost story as the next selection in the "Lost" Book Club. And so it is with great foreboding (and, unfortunately, without any shrieking audio or spooky fonts) that we utter the name of this tome: "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James.

Why We Chose It: In the episodes "Orientation" and "Live Together, Die Alone," the first in a serious of mysterious orientations films is stored on a book shelf, directly behind a copy of -- you guessed it -- "Turn of the Screw." Coincidence? Well, maybe. But in "Lost" World, literary references are usually the result of a calculated formula calibrated for the right mix of "aha" and "hmm" from we unwitting innocents. James's classic novella also is referenced in the "Lost" spin-off book, "Bad Twin" (which Jen -- coincidentally known as the Bad Twin here -- actually read).

Why You Should Read It: With its not necessarily reliable narrator, this tale is wide open to interpretation by the reader, something "Lost" fans should appreciate. It has inspired numerous TV and film adaptations over the years, including the 1961 film "The Innocents" and -- albeit very loosely -- 2001's "The Others." Yeah, I (Jen, the bad twin) said "The Others." Chew on that, for a little while. Most importantly, it's a novella and is less than 200 pages -- leaving plenty of time for October's myriad other pursuits. Seriously, Sawyer could read this and still have plenty of time to get down and dirty with Kate, shoot Locke's dad and refer to Hurley as Jabba the Hut before calling it a day.

We'll gather back here on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Noon ET to discuss what we've learned.

-- Jen and Liz

By Jen Chaney  | September 26, 2007; 12:55 PM ET
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