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Hungry Hill

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  708 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
'I tell you your mine will be in ruins and your home destroyed and your children forgotten ...but this hill will be standing still to confound you.' So curses Morty Donovan when 'Copper John' Brodrick builds his mine at Hungry Hill. The Brodricks of Clonmere gain great wealth by harnessing the power of Hungry Hill and extracting the treasure it holds. The Donovans, the ori ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 28th 1984 by Avon Books (first published 1943)
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Lynne King
Jun 25, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing
I came across this book on a market stall whilst in West Wales just recently, purchased it and I loved it.

This incredible but strangely convoluted book (divided into five books with an epilogue), is a magnificent family saga of five generations of Brodricks, Irish landowners, and spans the period 1820 – 1920. I’ve always been fascinated by sagas and to see the mix of individuals who end up “in the ever changing gene pool” down through history. The unravelling mixture of passions, revenge, hate,
Jul 24, 2014 Misfit rated it really liked it
"I have the silver, you have the land"

Du Maurier recounts the lives of several generations of the Brodrick family, landholders in Dunhaven Ireland starting in 1820 when "Copper John" Brodrick cements a deal to start a copper mine at the base of Hungry Hill. John's main priorities are the business and its profits, with little concern for the day to day welfare of the miners and their families - enflaming a long-standing family grudge that leads to a curse on the Brodrick family. The story of the
This id not definitely my favorite book written by Dame du Maurier. This book is very low-paced and I haven't felt so engaged into the narrative compared with her other books.

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Aug 21, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: shepherdesses
Shelves: fiction
Relentlessly downbeat, woodenly written.
Ana T.
Jun 16, 2012 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to read du Maurier's Hungry Hill. I wanted to read something different from her best known works and thought that a family saga might make an interesting story.

Well... it did! An interesting, but, also a tragic and depressing story. The story of the Brodrick family and their life in Ireland from 1820 to 1920. The story opens with the patriarch John Brodrick, called Copper John. However we immediately know that the family has
Jul 13, 2016 Kirsty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whilst preparing for my Du Maurier December posts, I decided that I would read her 1943 novel, Hungry Hill, rather early on. It was the book which I can safely say I was least looking forward to. I generally find du Maurier’s historical fiction rather mesmerising, but on the face of it, nothing about Hungry Hill really appealed to me at all.

I love visiting Ireland, the country in which the story of Hungry Hill takes place, but I oddly do not tend to enjoy books which are set there. Largely, thos
Shahr Baran
Sep 20, 2014 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تپه گرسنه ((یکی از برجسته ترین اثار دافنه دوموریه است ..که به مانند ربکا وخلیج کوچک مرد فرانسوی از سنتی یکسان در توصیف وقایع پیروی میکند.این کتاب سرگذشت افراد خاصی است که ایرلندی /کاتولیک وصاحب ومالک قصرها ومعادن بودنداما در مرور زمان رو به زوال ونابودی رفته اند ..دافنه دو موریه داستان این ستیز را قرنها ودر پنج نسل در رمانی زیبا به نام تپه گرسنه همراه با زیبایی ها وزشتیها وبا بیانی سحر انگیز وتوصیفی شیرین برا ی مخاطب بازگو میکند ..
Bronwyn Rykiert
Nov 22, 2010 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, audiobook
A good story, about five generations of the Broderick family of Clonmere, Dunhaven, Ireland. It starts with Copper John in the early 1800’s when he signed to start a copper mine on Hungry Hill with his neighbor Robert Lumley. At the time he was cursed by Morty Donovan whose family was reputed to have owned the land Clonmere Castle sits on before the Broderick’s were given the land by the England Monarchs. John was a widower with 5 children, Barbara, Henry, Eliza, John & Jane – only John was ...more
As she began work on this 1943 saga, du Maurier told her publisher, Victor Gollancz, that it would be 'endless, full of birth and death, and love and disaster.' Especially disaster. The story begins in 1820 as Copper John, patriarch of the Anglo-Irish Brodrick family, prepares to mine Hungry Hill for copper. Unfortunately, he neglects to ask permission of the hill first, and for the next hundred years, malevolent as Caradhras, it visits its vengeance on one generation of the family after another ...more
May 10, 2013 Éowyn rated it liked it
I really got stuck into this family saga from Daphne du Maruier, following five generations of a family and their relationship with the mine at Hungry Hill. With du Maurier you know there's going to be tragedy in there somewhere and there are senseless deaths and senseless happenings a plenty. Despite being beautifully written, I felt somewhat depressed at the end of the novel because I didn't feel it was concluded very well and a lot of very bad things happened to people who frankly didn't dese ...more
Robert Elliot
Feb 07, 2013 Robert Elliot rated it it was ok
A real disappointment having read other books by the author. While the generational family saga was mildly interesting, as someone with an interest in history, I found it completely irritating that the lives of these people was completely untouched by the mammoth historical events that went on during these decades, like the Irish population being decimated by famine, and the landlords such as those depicted in this book, being a part of the reason why so many died. Also there was absolutely no r ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Maria rated it it was ok
Once I start reading a book I want to read it to the end, and I hate giving up part way through, but that is what I've done with Hungry Hill.

I've read several other novels by Daphne Du Maurier, and some are amongst my favourite reads (Jamaica Inn, Frenchmans Creek), but I just could not engage with Hungry Hill or its characters. It tells the story of a family through the generations, with history (literally) repeating itself and the main problem I have is that I don't sympathise with any of the
Jul 27, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
I found this book difficult to finish, mainly because Daphne du Maurier's skill as a creator of characters has developed men and women who have incredible potential, but end up being incredibly disappointing. Fanny, Johnny, Henry, Hal... It was easy to dislike Copper John but I found that when other characters I liked made poor choices over and over, it was hard to keep on reading. It's in keeping with the curse at the beginning of the book, which I suppose should have been my clue! Not a book I ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful saga telling the story of the Brodrick family. When old John Brodrick has the ingenious idea of exploiting the local area for copper mining he swiftly moves into business and sets up a copper mine thereby setting in train events that span generations.
From good financial fortune the mines seem to cast a blight on every generation and the locals never forgive the Brodrick family for their luck when all the locals lost their lands due to feuding and wars.
Most of the succeeding Brodricks
Apr 26, 2015 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Як же я люблю сімейні саги і як люблю англійські романи - два в одному від улюбленої Дафни зробили читання дуже приємним. Голодна гора, острів Дун, замок Клонмейр - настільки об'ємно усе описано, що до кінця книжки ти відчуваєш, наче і сам там пожив. І звісно, похмуре передбачення, дане героям на початку книжки - ти точно знаєш, що вони таки потраплять у цю пастку, знаєш, чим усе закінчиться, але дізнатися шлях, яким вони пройдуть - набагато цікавіше, ніж неочікуваний фінал. Ковтнула книжку за т ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2014-reads
2.5 stars
Ah, it breaks my heart that I have to give a du Maurier novel a low rating because I just love her normally. However, Hungry Hill, which has a really interesting idea behind it, just fell totally flat for me.

Hungry Hill is a multi-generational tale of the Brodricks, who settle on Hungry Hill in Ireland, and the original patriarch establishes a mine on the hill, which is cursed by the original family who lived there, the Donovans. The novel then follows down the male line of the family,
Oct 29, 2012 Áine rated it really liked it
Have to admit, I didn't expect to be so impressed and engrossed by the shabby paperback I picked up for purely sentimental reasons off of my Mother's bookshelf. Having spent the summers of my youth in Adrigole, at the base of the eponymous Hungry Hill, the title was what initially piqued my interest. However, it was the engaging characters and engrossing storyline which drew me in.

This being the first work of du Maurier's I've read, I can't say for certain if such strong, well rounded char
Nov 26, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-fiction
This medium-length book fictionalizes the saga of the Irish Puxley family and their connection to the copper and tin mining industry of Southern Ireland. DuMaurier christens them the Brodricks and locks them in their ancient feud with the Donovans of Doonhaven, over the land and castle Clonmere and its mountain, Hungry Hill, whose metals make the Brodrick family rich over the five generations chronicled in this story.

Through entailment, we meet the eldest son and his family of each succeeding ge
Feb 01, 2010 Phoenix rated it it was amazing
Another du Maurier that I could not put down. This novel follows a wealthy family of landowners through several generations and the boon or curse that the family-owned copper mines have on them. I'll leave it up to you to read and find out which one it is. I will tell you that in the first few pages one of the main character's archnemesis curses him and tells him that by mining Hungry Hill he and his progeny will be rich, but forever cursed.

The characters are deep and rich, their lives intertwin
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hungry Hill, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)
عنوان: تل گرسنه؛ نویسنده: دافنه دوموریه؛ مترجم: عبدالرحمن صدریه؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، فردوس: شباهنگ، 1368، در 488 ص،؛ چاپ دوم: تهران، میترا، 1377، شابک: 9645998212؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
جان مسی، از خانواده های پولدار منطقه، فهمیده تپه معروف دهکده، یعنی «تل گرسنه» دارای مس است. با صاحب تپه شریک میشود، تا معدن مس راه بیندازد و سود سرشاری را برای نوادگانش به ارث بگذارد. خیلیها باور دارند، دست بردن به طبیعت کاری زشت و نابجاست و برای او
Constructs its story along an interesting thematic line-- the compulsion to do right by one's ancestors even as our values shift each generation is the mundane equivalent of the supernatural "family curse" in much the same way Rebecca likened the inability to move past the death of a loved one to being haunted by a ghost. Unfortunately it's all big picture and far too little to be found in the details of a lengthy book.
Jun 22, 2014 Cal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first DDM book and I loved it! It had me hooked and I couldn't put it down as it followed the generations of one family and their fames and fortunes in Ireland. I'm a fan on the Forsyte saga, so this type of story telling appeals to me anyway, but this is really well observed, gripping and written in a way that the story flows nicely along taking the reader with it.I stayed up late a few times just to read more chapters, and will definitely be reading more DDM, I have been convinced!
Jul 06, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hungry Hill is a four generational family saga of the Brodericks through the early 19th century to just after World War I. They live in an Irish (it takes awhile to determine the country this takes place in) estate which encompasses a Castle (Clonal) and a mine dug into a nearby mountain (Hungry Hill). Four Broderick men trapse through the land, the mine and the castle. They bring with them their wives and children--not all of them lovable. The story is written in the style of the 1940's, a bit ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Hope/Nabi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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M Rothenbuhler
This is the same Du Maurier who wrote "Rebecca," isn't it? Otherwise I am embarrassed.

This is a very neat period piece. All the charm and some of the weakness of literature of this era is present. It does evolve past its period charm with some excellent characterizations and a strong overarching theme.

The foreshadowing is a little heavy (such a spoiler: Hungry Hill outlasts all the good, bad and indifferent actions of a variety of people over the decades) but who cares, it is still interesting
Jan 13, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, engrossing saga of an Irish family, the Brodricks of Clonmere, through five generations from 1820 to 1920. They are all exceptionally well-drawn and tortured in their own ways. The Brodricks earn great wealth from the copper mine they open on Hungry Hill but they are a misunderstood family that do not have local respect. I was totally moved and enthralled by the characters in this novel. They are each written with great intimacy and sensitivity. Their feelings, dreams and sadness. Q ...more
An interesting story set in Ireland. I have to wonder why she picked this location as she usually sticks to her favorite Cornwall but I digress. The story involved an Anglo-Irish family who was loyal to the King and given land. One of the members of the family discovers copper on the land and decides to mine it. This causes more strife with the local population and a curse to the family by the Irish family whose land was taken and given to the English one. Basically follows the next few generati ...more
Ken Bickley
Jan 16, 2014 Ken Bickley rated it really liked it
This is of course a well-written, good novel. She always wrote only good, well-written novels. But it is ultimately depressing. And sure, why wouldn't it be? Wasn't it Ireland it was written about? Written in 1943, it is a typical family/dynasty type story of that time. But Du Maurier was always a cut above other authors in her meticulous research and ability to tell the story.
Gena Lott
Not my favorite DuMaurier work, but typical of her style.
Thomas Acland
Haven't really got time to review this book at the moment so I will leave writing the full review for another time, which is all honesty means never.

It's written by Daphne Du Maurier so of course I was always going to find it a very enjoyable read, I've yet to read one of her books that I haven't enjoyed. The story is simple enough following the history of an wealthy Irish family through the lives of the sons and heirs, it's probably not a brilliant storyline or a terribly interesting story by
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