The Birds and Other Stories
since there are only six stories, it is not a trial for me to review them separately.
yeah, we've all seen the movie.
but du maurier's story ...more
The Birds: Much less to the storyline than the well-known Hitchcock movie version.....with the exception of the killer birds, but still creepy good with an old cottage on a farm for a setting and blustery winter winds to add to the eerie suspense of attack.......but oh so short! (I wanted more)
Monte Verita: This was definitely my least favorite (and unfortunately the longest) of the s...more
“When she smiled it was as though she embraced the world.”
One may assume an anthology with six mere stories would be a little short or lacking, but since she leans towards longer anthology pieces, it works out well for the length. I was excited to read this, especially being such a fan of Rebecca and Daphne du Maurier's gothic ambience. Simply must find more of her stuff, and soon.
The Birds ended up a great story that doesn't disappoint. True to the word of other reviewers, it is much different ...more
There are six stories in this collection and they pack a punch, but my favorites hands down were "The Birds", "The Apple Tree", and "The Old Man."
The Birds (5 stars)-Unlike the Alfred Hitchcock movie that ...more
Told in first person b ...more
"The Birds" (pp. 7-43)
"Monte Verita" (pp. 44-113)
"The Apple Tree" (pp. 114-157)
"The Little Photographer" (pp. 158-201)
"Kiss Me Again, Stranger" (pp. 202-226)
"The Old Man" (pp. 227-237)
I'll go through each of these separately, because they deserve it.
I have never seen Hitchcock's The Birds, but I've seen the famous beach scene and Big Tr ...more
A writer of best-selling novels, ...more
It's always so difficult to rate and review an anthology. While I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, some of the stories didn't hold my interest. The Birds didn't disappoint, but others fell short.
All in all, a worthwhile read. Just remember, watch out for the birds.
3 Ninja Bunnehs
(Arc received in exchange for an honest review)
My overall rating for The Birds & Other Stories is 4 stars, but since it is a collection of stories I decided to also rate the stories individually.
I LOVED this one. I grew up watching the Alfred Hitchcock movie for The Birds, but I never knew it was a story first until a few years ago. Since then I've been meaning to read it and I finally got around to it! As much as I loved it I can't say it's better than the movie. I really enjoyed ...more
Anyway, I'm not sure which was my favourite story from this book. All of ...more
It is a long time since I saw Hitchcock's "The Birds" but, judging by the introduction, that's probably just as well. Anyhow, I really enjoyed this story, it had a great apocalyptic feel to it and a sense of hopelessness and despair for humanity, despite the father's de ...more
Copy from NetGalley.
1. The Birds - This is one of my favourite Hitchcock movies and the story is so different from the movie that it is hard to not compare it to the movie. I can see how Hitchcock used the atmosphere of the story and pulled a couple of scenes from it. I think I ...more
1. Birds : The inspiration for the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie but entirely different in terms of the story. It tells us of a small family's struggle against the vicious birds on a day-by-day basis. What is frigthening about the tale is that there is no end in sight. The family is gritty and determined to see it through the crisis but the tale ends on a bleak note. The most atmospheric of all ...more
The other stories that I liked a lot were "No Motive" and "Monte Veritá". Although the stories ...more
I vividly remember reading Rebecca for the first time and I loved it so much that I'm surprised I never sought out anything else by duMaurier. This six story collection reinforces that feeling as most of the stories are the type of dark fiction that I really enjoy, very reminiscent of Shirley Jackson.
Don't come to "The Birds" expecting the story of the movie (the foreward to the book discusses the relationship between the movie and the book) but it's wonderfully atmospheric, as a ...more
Gothic horror, how I love thee, and Ms. du Maurier is your ultimate practitioner!
1 novella broken into two (Monte Verita & Victor), and 5 short stories: The Birds (yes, the one turned into the Hitchcock movie), The Apple Tree, The Little Photographer, Kiss Me Again Stranger, and The Old Man.
The first 3 (novella, The Birds and The Apple Tree) were 5-star reads, the others were 3 or 4 stars, but still fun.
I love the subtle creepiness that slowly builds.
|Gothic Literature: 1. The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier||7||31||Oct 16, 2016 09:22AM|
|Gothic Literature: 2. Monte Verità by Daphne Du Maurier||7||11||Oct 09, 2016 12:22PM|
|Gothic Literature: 6. The Old Man by Daphne Du Maurier||6||10||Oct 09, 2016 12:19PM|
|Gothic Literature: 5. kiss me again, stranger by Daphne Du Maurier||4||10||Oct 07, 2016 12:46PM|
|Gothic Literature: 3. The Apple Tree by Daphne Du Maurier||4||9||Oct 06, 2016 02:55PM|
|Gothic Literature: 4. The Little Photographer by Daphne Du Maurier||3||8||Oct 02, 2016 11:48AM|
|Gothic Literature: Sept: The Birds and other stories by Daphne Du Maurier||5||15||Sep 05, 2016 12:31AM|
In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a fami ...more