The Birds and Other Stories
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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
"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
Told in first person b ...more
A writer of best-selling novels, ...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
Anyway, I'm not sure which was my favourite story from this book. All of ...more
Copy from NetGalley.
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
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
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
I think critics are quite right is calling this a cold war parable - if only because of the description of the nuclear winter landscape and that bitter East wind.
I love the fact that no one has the slightest explanation for why nature would suddenly turn against mankind in such a deadly and unforgiving way. du Maurier cuts her characters off in such a brutal and claustrophobic fashion that I d ...more
The title story is the one that Hitchcock adapted into the film of the same name, but there is little resemblance between book and film. Both are excellent but I was surprised by quite how different they are. Du Maurier’s story centres on farm labourer Nat who lives on the Cornwall coast with his wife and two children. There’s no glamorous California or pet shop but there is the added p ...more
J'ai été déçue par Les Oiseaux car le récit semble être inachevé. En effet, il n'y a pas de dénouement. Le lecteur est libre d'imaginer la suite or je préfère une histoire qui se conclue concrètement. J'en attendais peut-être un peu trop car c'est cette nouvelle qui est mis en avant et qui est la plus connue.
Les nouvelles que j'ai ...more
“The Apple Tree” was an amazing exploration of an unhealthy relationship which haunts a man long after the death of his wife. There are implication ...more
*I don't perceive any flat out spoilers in my review here, but there are a couple of comments that could suggest some events....
The Birds, of course, is the story that inspired Hitchcock's movie. It's been a while since I've seen the movie but I don't remember being all that impressed b ...more
Here’s the plot in brief. Farm laborer notices that the birds are acting strange. (Sorry guys, no gratuitious blond in this plot that was all Hitchcock.) Farm laborer and children are attacked in their home that same night by swallows. Wife thinks he’s exaggerating the whole thing. (Why do wives always think that? ...more
The Birds, on which Alfred Hitchcock's movie of the same name is based... er, well sorta. The introduction will point out that Alma, Alfred's wife, did the reading and presented a verbal synopsis. Hitchcock would get the idea, but make a movie on his own ideas and with studio interference.
Consequently the story of birds run amok exist in both book and movie but the similarity ends there.
There are six stories in this collection each with a d ...more
In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a fami ...more