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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,153 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Искам да знам дали хората усещат, че са луди. Понякога ми се струва, че мозъкът ми не смогва да съхрани целостта си, че е изпълнен с твърде много ужас, с твърде голямо отчаяние.
А и си нямам никого, досега не съм бил толкова неизразимо сам. Защо това би трябвало да ми помогне да напиша тези редове?... Да изхвърля отровата от съзнанието си.
Защото наистина съм отровен: не мог
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Enthusiast (first published January 1st 2011)
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The Doll is a very creepy story, way ahead of its time. It is a very dark tale about a woman's total obsession with a mechanical male sex doll. She drives her lover mad with jealousy with the intensity of her passion for the doll and consequent indifference to him. The story is short, very sexy, gothically dark, and still cutting-edge although it was written in 1928. The other stories - blah.

Hitchcock loved du Maurier - three of her works were the basis of films he made - Jamaica Inn, Rebecca a
Nov 11, 2011 Hannah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Here's why:

I have too many GR friends and books. I mean, who needs a review or friends to read it? Much better to let a book like this languish in the never-never land of 0-books-0-friends world. Much better that a giveaway junkie who really just wants a freebie will win this instead of a 3 year member who takes the time to read and review books.

It's not as though I'm a du Maurier fan or anything. Nah, not me. Nope. Nuh-uh.

I think I've been black
The Doll is a compliation of 'lost' short stories by Daphne du Maurier, most written early in her career and either published or discovered much later. It's safe to say this is a mixed bag, and not a book I would recommend to readers who aren't already familiar with du Maurier's stories. While I enjoyed the majority of the tales in this collection, they are very different to those I have found in other collections by the author: many of them are about relationships, and the tone of most is more ...more
Lydia Presley
Original review posted here

I don’t know which short story to gush about in this review. From the creepy, ick factor of the book’s title story, The Doll, to the heartbreaking loss experienced in East Wind, to the funny, but bittersweet tale of Frustration… I could go on and on.

I think one story though really got to me. I loved them all for their tragic, gothic-like settings, stories and people.. but there is one story that is all letters that move from the thrilling moments of a new, forbidden lo
Ryan G
I adore a well written short story more than I do the same writing in novel form. The skill needed to tell a finely honed story in such a small amount of space, when down well, never fails to impress me. This collection of thirteen stories blew me away, every single one of them made me laugh, shudder, and stare in amazement once I was done.

I don't know what to type next or even what to say if someone were to ask me about this one. I think I would just stand there, tongue-tied, unable to fully ex
Not as multi-textured as her later stories, but still...damn impressive. And not a happy ending among them ;-)
Lovers who are misaligned, married couples uneven in their love for one another, mother-daughter pairs where the daughter dotes, the mother competes... There is humor here too, but not as much as in the later works. If there is a fault it is that you can often tell to what ending the story is headed, which is not so much true of her later work. Still, the journey there is not to be misse
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Daphne du Maurier is one of my patron saints, one of the handful of writers who indelibly shaped me and my tastes in literature, so I expected I'd love this collection of 'lost' short stories. I wasn't disappointed: the pieces here are wry and a little dark and deliciously British. These stories span her career, from her start to her post-Rebecca and post-The Birds days, and it's really exciting to see her entire career captured here.

While du Maurier is known for her deliciously Gothic novels,
The Doll is a collection of du Maurier's early short stories. The introduction (by someone I'm not otherwise aware of) seems to suggest that the main interest here is in the beginnings of themes that later haunted her work, and the glimpses of the things that haunted her personally. I'm not that interested in that, though, but I still found the stories well-crafted and interesting. Daphne du Maurier certainly had a way with her narration; 'The Limpet' made me smile in recognition...

Not as fine a
I wonder if, as readers who know du Maurier's later works, we are a bit harsh in our judgment of this collection of stories. After all, du Maurier wrote all but one of the stories in this collection between the ages of 18 and 23. Additionally, they were published singley in magazines and not intended to be compiled nor to be read in succession.

But read in succession I did. I devoured them. For her young age, she showed remarkable insight into the behaviors, attitudes and thoughts that may lead t
THE DOLL: The Lost Short Stories. (various, 1926-1932). Daphne du Maurier. ****.
This is a great collection of previously uncollected short stories by this author. They are called “lost” because they had been published in relatively obscure magazines at the time, and became unavailable to anthologists. Ms. du Maurier must have inherited genes that promoted writing skill, since these early stories were truly exceptional for one new to the craft. They all deal, in one way or another, with the rela
Stephanie Jobe
Alright I am going to do this story by story. This is always harder I can’t give much of a blurb for a short story without giving anything away and her writing has always defied description for me. I can remember reading Rebecca in school and realizing afterwards that piece of information you never receive, but you also don’t realize it is missing. Rebecca is one of the few books from school that I really want to reread.

“East Wind”

An idyllic island village cut off from the world and living the s
Amy Sturgis
This is a collection of some of Daphne du Maurier's earliest works. While it's a bit uneven, as you'd expect, all of the stories are solid, and some are truly excellent.

The standout stories, in my opinion, are the following:

"East Wind" reads a bit like Du Maurier is channeling H.P. Lovecraft. It's a haunting, harrowing sketch. Just lovely.

"And Now to God the Father" is a brilliantly dark and cynical look at the vain and self-satisfied worldly ambition of a vicar who serves man instead of God. T
After reading Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and loving it, I decided to read The Doll, a compilation of short stories she had written during the early 1930s. I understand that many of the short stories in this collection were published in periodicals way back then and it is only at this time that they have found their way into print.

While reading The Doll: Short Stories, I couldn't help comparing this to Rebecca as the latter had left quite a deep impression on me. I don't think I'd ever forget th
Here is an early showcase of Du Mauriers' literary prowess and her interest for certain themes that she would develop later into full length novels. In this little medley of tales one can spot a prototype of ‘Manderley’ house as well as recurrences of the blood-red azaleas that have become synonymous with it (the haunted setting of her most acclaimed novel ‘Rebecca’).

Overall, the stories centre on the varying degrees of sexual degeneration and the disintegration of relationships. These are expl
I've only read the titular story - but it's riveting entertainment; very dark and macabre. A man becomes obssessed with a woman who toys with his affections. What's macabre about that? Well, she has this mechanical male doll named Julio in the other room, life sized and fully funtional (if you get my drift). This is only 15 pages long, but full of suspense and dread. I haven't read the rest of the stories in this collection.

I have several collections of Lady Browning's stories - partly because t
So interesting to read the early short stories of Daphne du Maurier - you can sense the talent, but it's clearly not fully formed. Only a couple of the stories have the creep factor that her later works have ("East Wind" and "The Doll") while the rest are more character studies. Maybe it was her youth or lack of writing experience that made stories like "Picadilly" and "Mazie" feel slightly off.

As I said, you can clearly sense the talent here and it's interesting to see the development between
Nice collection, especially considering these are her early works.
Recommendation One: Read this stories with some space of time between them. Their themes, especially those relating to male and female dynamics become quite samey in several of the stories. It is as she is working out a basic idea about how people are drawn together and then repelled by each other, but playing it in different keys. None of them quite jive though.

Recommendation Two: Don't go into this expecting the mastery of Rebecca, but rather as a storm cloud signifying the coming of that maj
Susan Oleksiw
This is a collection of 13 short stories most of which were written between 1926 and 1932. In them the reader sees the themes and character types that will later come to characterize du Maurier's work. "East Wind" is set on a rocky island cut off from the mainland until a ship anchors in the harbor to protect against a storm. "The Doll" is about a man who falls in love with a woman who has a secret. The term "hypocrisy" is almost too gentle for the series of events in "And Now to God the Father. ...more
When I first read about this book I was thrilled. I've been reading - and re-reading in come cases - all of Daphne Du Maurier's books. I still remember the first time I read Rebecca and it single-handedly changed the way I thought of 'Classic Lit-RAH-chure'. Quite frankly, it changed my entire reading life. So when The Doll was announced I wasted no time in picking it up and happily cozied down with it.


There's a reason these stories were not reprinted. They're slice of life stories, some wi
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
While this collection of short stories is making a name for itself based on the racy titular story, it is all the other stories that have been long lost or forgotten that Daphne wrote at such a young age and showed the writer that she was to become that made it memorable to me. Things we have come to know and love as distinctly Du Maurier are present in these earliest writings. Nameless characters who we connect with so readily. Bleak situations. The foibles and follies of humanity. The clash of ...more
Sasha Martinez
What I wrote right before I decided to give up:

I’ve mentioned the wtfuckery that abounds in Daphne du Maurier’s collection of “lost” short stories, The Doll. I’m only halfway-ish through the book—that’s six stories down—and each one of those stories has a half-baked feel I can’t shake off, and majority simply has me scratching my poor head. That is: None of these is the du Maurier short fiction I’ve come to know. Though her always-to-die-for prose is present, all of the stories—with the [begrudg
Daphne duMaurier is one of my great literary idols. So when a book of her "lost" short stories was recently published, I was about to pop! I got my hands on it as soon as I could. Luckily I prepared myself beforehand for the possibility that these stories might not be her best work. Her best work was published when she was alive and had some control over what went out into the world. These stories, though signature duMaurier work, strike me as the ones the author wrote and rejected herself for p ...more
The Doll: Short Stories. by Daphne Du Maurier…

Daphne Du Maurier is known as a writer who can create suspenseful atmosphere and twisted characters. This book of short stories from her youth does not disappoint on either count. Yes, a few of the stories are unpolished or overblown ( A Difference in Temperament,The Doll), but there are also some real treasures here. 'And Now to God the Father' and 'Picadilly' are brilliant studies of depressing characters. 'The Limpet' is an astonishing tale of a
John Newcomb
There seems to be alot of gushing reviews of this collection. I love DDM. I think she is one of the finest amongst English Short Story Writers (although perhaps not one of the finest short story writers in English Fitzgerald, Joyce, Narayan, Wilde, Mansfield etc are masters of the genre). But there is a reason why these stories were "lost" and why the scrupulous writer did not have them republished. They are not very good (with the possible exception of The Limpet). The pre war anti Semitism whi ...more
This is a collection of du Maurier's earliest work, along with one later published story, and while the stories presented here are clearly not as advanced as her more famous novels, the writing is just as gripping. The characters she depicts are as real and intriguing as any of her other creations, and many of them featured in this book I would gladly read more about in a fuller length work. Reading these stories, written by a young woman in her late teens/early twenties, it is no surprise that ...more
Patricia Stewart
I have finished the short stories written early in Daphne du Maurier's career from 1926 - 1932, but published much later.

Small snippets of personal thought and conversation surround and are contained in each story of "The Doll House". The reader feels she is outside an opened window or door and overhears what one should walk away from - but one stays and listens to feelings thick and heavily laden with the truth in the place the characters call home.

from: "A Difference in Temperament" - Life is
Loved it. She was morbid and weird and crazy, at least in her writing. I've recently read a book about her, her father and James Barrie, author of Peter Pan. It's a wonder she got to age 23 with her brain intact.

I look forward to 2039, and hope I am still around, to read her adolescent diaries, which she forbid to be published until that date.

Still, even if I knew nothing of her background, these stories would be great. 'The Doll' itself is one of the weirdest things I've ever readn, but knowing
Judith Winters
This was a series of 13 short stories by Daphne du Maurier collected in one volume after being originally published in periodicals during the 1930's. After reading "Rebecca" twice I knew what type of writing to suspect and sure enough this small volume of earlier works does not disappoint. Some of the stories were humorous, but a funny type of humor with others being slightly macabre on a 1930's level. In looking at the long list of other Daphne du Maurier books, I definitely want to read more. ...more
Linda K
All written by the age of 23, Daphne Du Murier shows a superb deft hand at short story writing in this recently published collection.

As a huge fan of "Rebecca" as well as most of her other books, I was excited to discover these, and with the exception of one or two rather strange ones, they did not disappoint. She is quite insightful into the psychology of relationships as well as the depth of the human mind to manipulate as well as to justify its' actions.

A terrific group of stories and well re
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“Then all at once she turned to me, her face pale, her eyes strangely alight. She said, “Is it possible to love someone so much, that it gives one a pleasure to hurt them? To hurt them by jealousy, I mean, and to hurt myself at the same time. Pleasure and pain, an equal mingling of pleasure and pain, just as an experiment, a rare sensation?” 2 likes
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