The Signalman

The Signalman: A Ghost StoryThe Signalman: A Ghost Story by Charles Dickens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although ghost stories are not usually my cup of tea, I found this one interesting. In fact my usual position on ghost stories is one of disaproval. However, while modern ghost stories seem aimed at phychologically manipulating the audience and showing needless amounts of bloodshed, this claasic is far more clever. Much like a Christmas Carol, there is a moral to the story and the ghosts (or illusions, depending on perspective) seem to serve a greater purpose. The moral to this story seems to be about the need for diligence at work, especially when working a dangerous job. It's language is smart and the tale is told well. The story kept me hooked to the end.

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