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Daphne du Maurier ☆ 9 REVIEW

The Birds and Other Stories

REVIEW ✓ The Birds and Other Stories How long he fought with them in the darkness he could not tell but at last the beating of the wings about him lessened and then withdrewA classic of alienation and horror The Birds was immortalised by Hitchcock in his celebrated film The five. in calculating my enjoyment of this collection i might have made a mathematical error there are six stories in this collection and i only disliked one of them granted the one i disliked was the longest story which gives it negative weight but my love of the last story was so great that i think i shall round this up to four stars there since there are only six stories it is not a trial for me to review them separately The Birdsyeah we ve all seen the movie but du maurier s story is completely different except for the central premise fact that birds are evil hers is a much pastoral story where the action revolves around one family s attempts to keep the aggressive birds out of their house but the attacks are of course much wider reaching it s terrifically tense with the window pecking and chimney invading and the family s attempts to turn their small home into a fortress in the small windows of opportunity between massive bird invasions goddamn birds Monte Veritathis is the one i thought was barf it starts out promising but it just goes on and on and then gets all weird and flaky with all that ineffable imagery that i find so tedious in authors like lovecraft this story made me really grouchy The Apple Treethis one is darkly comic with an unlikeable unreliable narrator recently widowed and glad of it finally he is free to do as he pleases living like a bachelor without the pesky sighing martyrdom of his wife invading his relaxing space with her relentless housework and negative attitude but there s this apple tree see and it is starting to remind him of her dauntlessly clinging to life keeping the other younger prettier trees in its shadow producing fruit that everyone else finds pleasant but tastes rancid in his mouth and he starts to HATE that tree it starts to haunt his every waking moment and ruin his peace of mind and he is going to have to do something about it this is a great slow burning character study of a man who is bitterly angry with limited self awareness man vs tree who will win The Little Photographerthis is another great character study with a fantastic shift in readerly loyalty it concerns a beautiful lonely maruise left to her own devices on holiday with her two young daughters while her husband tends to his business needs she married an older man for the glamor of his title but has found that it is not at all as rewarding as she had imagined and is a very shallow existence of keeping up appearances and tedious public engagements she envies her friends with their romantic dalliances and the freedom they have in their unscrutinized lives and decides to take advantage of her unsupervised situation by having an affair with a young awestruck photographer whom she uses for the physical pleasures while treating him with indifference and lording her social superiority over him but when he starts to get a little clingy she has to protect herself right Kiss Me Again Strangera young man falls hard for an enigmatic beauty with some serious baggage it has the feeling of a ghost story without any actual ghosts and it a fantastic cautionary tale about finding out some details about a lady before you go getting all starry eyed pretty girls make graves and all The Old Manoh man i am not going to say anything about this story except that du maurier blew my everlovin mind with this one COMPLETELY caught by surprise i was reading it and going blah blah blah why do i care about this situation and the OUT OF NOWHERE she yanked the rug out from under me and i fell in love with her best way to end a story collection ever so yes four stars for the collection no stars for that mountain story and one million stars for that last story this is mathcome to my blog With Malice Toward All The uips Lives and Loves of Some Celebrated 20th Century American Wits premise fact that birds are evil hers is a much Trotsky: Downfall Of A Revolutionary pastoral story where the action revolves around one family s attempts to keep the aggressive birds out of their house but the attacks are of course much wider reaching it s terrifically tense with the window Mukiwa promising but it just goes on and on and then gets all weird and flaky with all that ineffable imagery that i find so tedious in authors like lovecraft this story made me really grouchy The Apple Treethis one is darkly comic with an unlikeable unreliable narrator recently widowed and glad of it finally he is free to do as he The Unfaithful Widow pleases living like a bachelor without the Cedric and the Dragon pesky sighing martyrdom of his wife invading his relaxing space with her relentless housework and negative attitude but there s this apple tree see and it is starting to remind him of her dauntlessly clinging to life keeping the other younger The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories producing fruit that everyone else finds The Big Book of Blues The Fully Revised and Updated Biographical Encyclopedia pleasant but tastes rancid in his mouth and he starts to HATE that tree it starts to haunt his every waking moment and ruin his Spark and Burn Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 8 #4 peace of mind and he is going to have to do something about it this is a great slow burning character study of a man who is bitterly angry with limited self awareness man vs tree who will win The Little Photographerthis is another great character study with a fantastic shift in readerly loyalty it concerns a beautiful lonely maruise left to her own devices on holiday with her two young daughters while her husband tends to his business needs she married an older man for the glamor of his title but has found that it is not at all as rewarding as she had imagined and is a very shallow existence of keeping up appearances and tedious Tattoo (Tattoo, #1) public engagements she envies her friends with their romantic dalliances and the freedom they have in their unscrutinized lives and decides to take advantage of her unsupervised situation by having an affair with a young awestruck The Cat Who Went to Heaven photographer whom she uses for the Bugsy: The Bloodthirsty, Lusty Life of Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel physical Inside the Crips: Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang pleasures while treating him with indifference and lording her social superiority over him but when he starts to get a little clingy she has to African Laughter Four Visits to Zimbabwe protect herself right Kiss Me Again Strangera young man falls hard for an enigmatic beauty with some serious baggage it has the feeling of a ghost story without any actual ghosts and it a fantastic cautionary tale about finding out some details about a lady before you go getting all starry eyed West African Folk Tales pretty girls make graves and all The Old Manoh man i am not going to say anything about this story except that du maurier blew my everlovin mind with this one COMPLETELY caught by surprise i was reading it and going blah blah blah why do i care about this situation and the OUT OF NOWHERE she yanked the rug out from under me and i fell in love with her best way to end a story collection ever so yes four stars for the collection no stars for that mountain story and one million stars for that last story this is mathcome to my blog

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REVIEW ✓ The Birds and Other Stories Band in the form of an apple tree; a professional photographer steps out from behind the camera and into his subject's life; a date with a cinema usherette leads to a walk in the cemetery; and a jealous father finds a remedy when three's a cro. This was my first time reading a Du Maurier book and I think this was a very good place to start I feel like I got a good glimpse into various different stories that Du Maurier has written and I particularly loved the title story The Birds This was my favourite because of the horror elements and the atmosphere that just really built over the course of the tale I really would recommend reading that if nothing else but many of the others were also very strong The Birds This story is definitely what I look for in a short story It s creepy ominous eerie and yet it also has a character you can sympathise with The story is fast moving the threat looms and the slightly detached feeling of dread sweeping the nation lends this a sense of the surreal Definitely food for thought what if this really did happen how would we survive Even today it would be hard to 5sMonte Verita Definitely a gothic exploration based tale I like the concept of the convent in the mountain I think it s harder for me to connect with something I ve never done but I enjoyed this all the same 35sThe Apple Tree a good story if a slightly predictable one I enjoy the atmosphere that Du Maurier is so good at creating 35The Little Photographer very French very lustrous very sinister I liked it 3sKiss me again stranger Liked this one a lot it was shorter but the first person made it easy to get into and there was a cooler storyline overall Menacing ladies and silly young men 4sThe Old Man well that was a corker I didn t see the ending coming but it was a good little tale overall too and I like first person I think Reminded me a little of Of mice and Men with the isolation themes 4sI would certainly recommend this collection even though it has some I didn t love as much and I think I may pick up of her work in future if The Birds is anything to go by I would give it a 4s overall

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REVIEW ✓ The Birds and Other Stories Other chilling stories in this collection echo a sense of dislocation and mock man's sense of dominance over the natural world The mountain paradise of Monte Verità promises immortality but at a terrible price; a neglected wife haunts her hus. Instead of a review here is a love letterDear Daphne Have you heard that Cole Porter song I guess you are not one of those starry eyed romantics you would be much content with the sound of your typewriter keys or the scratch of the nib on a sheet of paper If not well let me uote it for you verbatim Let s do it Daphne Let s fall in love Of course it will be an uphill task to woo you How can it not be I can imagine you staring at me with your calm uietly exuisite eyes and there is a uestion lingering at their edges What is all this now How come you fell in love with me when we have not even met when you happen to be living in an island city far away in India that land of spices and seduction while I am here in the gale swept coast of Cornwall forgive my limited knowledge of geography Daphne darling And I suspect that you have evil designs you might be trying to get rid of a lover no no it s not true Daphne or you are merely infatuated with me with how beautiful I must be looking and you don t really care about how I feel inside Yes they might be very valid arguments and you would not like it too if I called you darling just for the fun of it But please oh please listen to me Daphne or at least just come back from the heavens and read what I have to write about this book of yours a book of stories I am so sorry dear I could not read Rebecca or Jamaica Inn yet but they are on the way that really made me fall in love with your fingers I am sorry I did not mean to objectify you that way or rather with that beautiful maddeningly intriguing mind of yours that drove your fingers to write these stories Will you read this first please Here it goes It begins with a flock of birds going a little restless in the throes of winter It ends with a pair of swans flying into the winter sunlit sky Six stories that are not entirely made of suspense or even romance or tragedy Rather six beautiful haunting richly suspenseful romantic and even elegiac stories that leave the reader at the end with a swirling blend of these feelings at the same time Each story is melancholic intense brilliantly crafted and indelible than the last and while I am perfectly aware that one of them got filmed as a seminal horror film by a master filmmaker no Daphne dear even he cannot better you darling I will always treasure what you wrote first and as a favor to the uninitiated I am not revealing even the names so that the suspense horror and brilliance remain intact and untouched How dare does anyone spoil it all And these stories feature an extraordinary cast of people to be found in the most vivid dreams and the most horrifying nightmares No creatures or ghouls No monsters or aliens No zombies or vampires Just men and women driven to the edge of reason and evil by their crazy selfish greedy inscrutable hearts There are men weighed down with the burden of their toxic masculinity there are other men who are struggling nobly against forces that they cannot uite fathom there are women who are sad eyed and yet elouent there are women who claw and struggle for escape and there are many femme fatales to be found lurking in the shadows with their own heart breaking secrets Who I ask now aloud can create femme fatales as brilliantly as you do DaphneAnd so we are taken along on a mesmeric dance of beauty and terror into the sweeping seaside and menacing mysterious mountains deep inside melancholic woods and on the desolate streets of London set to the music of the weeping willows and the roaring gulls the crash of waves on rocks and the drop of rain on the pavements Oh it s positively lovely like sin like the night like death I hope you liked it Daphne Now I urge you again let s fall in love Let s go on a date some night preferably in a double deck bus they have those too in my city as well and dance a waltz among the graves in the night Or rather let s go to the countryside perhaps to the coast my city is by the sea already and sit there to listen to the gulls and the waves And perhaps then we can feel that love engulfing our hearts too And we can then stare each other down over dinner Just make sure that they don t serve apple pie for dessert And I imagine your reply But you are so busy in the company of those men That man with the name of a colour I know he writes brilliantly and I admire that film he wrote as well but can t you leave him for a while on his lascivious lusty hunt for pot and drink and women across the world That is not that dignified a thing to do you know And what about that bearded wizard who writes the funny papers as if they are novels He is up to no good too And what about that India loving imperialist poet I know he writes beautifully no matter what he thinks of the Raj But still how can you admire him so much And I lower my head humbly and with a faint voice of sad indecisiveness I admit that they are family crazy as they might be but I cannot leave them completely And that does it You are already walking away and I go down on my knees and beg you to stay Oh how I wish I had been a better man a better lover Daphne darling Please be mineWith Love Zoeb


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  1. says: Daphne du Maurier ☆ 9 REVIEW CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daphne du Maurier READ The Birds and Other Stories

    CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daphne du Maurier The Birds and Other Stories (Download) Daphne du Maurier ☆ 9 REVIEW in calculating my enjoyment of this collection i might have made a mathematical error there are six stories in this collection and i only disliked one of them granted the one i disliked was the longest story which gives it negative weight but my love of the last story was so great that i think i shall round this up to four stars there since there are only six stories it is not a trial for me to review them separately The Birdsyeah we've all

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    READ The Birds and Other Stories Daphne du Maurier ☆ 9 REVIEW CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daphne du Maurier This collection of short stories was a spontaneous purchase in a secondhand book store The title story is prominen

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    READ The Birds and Other Stories The Birds and Other Stories (Download) CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daphne du Maurier I am still in shock over how wonder this book was Each story perfect and haunting in its own uniue way Each story just the right length not a word too long not a page too short Breathtaking storytelling from Du Mau

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    The Birds and Other Stories (Download) The Birds is one of my favourite movies so I’d predominantly brought this short story collection to see how the two comparedIt’s easy to see how the 40 page tale makes such an impact as there’s a real sense of terror and being

  5. says: READ The Birds and Other Stories The Birds and Other Stories (Download) CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daphne du Maurier

    The Birds and Other Stories (Download) The Birds was excellent but the other 5 stories were 1 or 2 star reads for me

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    Daphne du Maurier ☆ 9 REVIEW The Birds and Other Stories (Download) Instead of a review here is a love letterDear Daphne Have you heard that Cole Porter song? I guess you are not one of those starry e

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    READ The Birds and Other Stories Daphne du Maurier ☆ 9 REVIEW The Birds and Other Stories (Download) I watched Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds as a child and now I read the original story for the first timeLINK 1 The Birds Of course it is the best story The sense of dread and tension is priceless And the depressing ending is also brillant too2 Monte Verità I honestly don't know what this story is about perhaps it is du Maurier's way

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    READ The Birds and Other Stories The Birds and Other Stories (Download) There are some rather solid reasons why Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favourite authors She was a wordsmith and

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    The Birds and Other Stories (Download) READ The Birds and Other Stories This was my first time reading a Du Maurier book and I think this was a very good place to start I feel like I got a good glimpse into various different stories that Du Maurier has written and I particularly loved the title story The Birds T

  10. says: The Birds and Other Stories (Download) CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daphne du Maurier

    Daphne du Maurier ☆ 9 REVIEW CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Daphne du Maurier READ The Birds and Other Stories Daphne De Maurier is one of my favourite authors but I've been until recently unable to find my copy of her story The Birds until now This classic horror tale is undoubtedly worth reading and one of De Maurier's best works

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