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I'll Never Be Young Again

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  555 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
'The iron of the bridge felt hot under my hand. The sun had been upon it all day. Gripping hard with my hands I lifted myself on to the bar and gazed down steadily on the water passing under... I thought of places I would never see, and women I should never love. A white sea breaking on a beach, the slow rustle of a shivering tree, the hot scent of grass... I breathed deep ...more
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Published December 17th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1932)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
I'll Never Be Young Again, Daphne du Maurier
In a moment of crisis and grasping the rail of a bridge, Richard is saved by a passing stranger named Jake. The two men, both at turning points, become fast friends and, out for adventure, jump aboard the first ship they see. Their journey takes them across Europe, cementing a passionate friendship. But it is in bohemian Paris that Richard finally meets the woman who enables him to fulfill his artistic promise. Daphne du Maurier's second novel is a mas
Linda Orvis
Ah, the pleasure one gets from reading an authors first books! du Maurier's budding talent for the psychological plot and drama that made her so famous begins to unfold in "I'll Never Be Young Again." However, the psychology overrides the drama, but this book definitely gives us a hint of what is to come. If you are a du Maurier fan, this book is a must. If you are just looking for a good read, you may be disappointed.
This book could probably best be summed up as "you don't know what you've got till it's gone". Richard is not a likeable character. He is constantly looking ahead, needing the next experience rather than appreciating what he has at that moment in his life. He is extremely self-centred, thinking only of his wants and needs and expecting others to fit their moods to his. He walks through life in the shadow of his father but it is a path of his own choosing and he never seems to take ownership of h ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب بعد از ربه کا دومین اثری بود که از دافنه دو موریه خوندم و حقیقتا و به هیچ عنوان قابل قیاس با ربه کا نبود! داستانی به شدت معمولی و کسل کننده، فاقد قدرت ارائه ی هدف نویسنده از نگارش داستان و در مجموع و در بهترین حالت اثری درجه دو محسوب میشد. تنها نکته ی مثبت این اثر که البته گاهی هم با تاکید بیش از حد نویسنده بر جزئیات آزاردهنده میشد، قدرت بی نظیر نویسنده در توصیفات و ملموس کردن صحنه های داستان بود.
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I'll Never Be Young Again was Daphne du Maurier's second novel, written when she was only twenty three years old. It's different from the other books of hers that I've read so far. It doesn't have the suspense or the gothic feel of some of her other works – this is more of a psychological, character-driven book. It's the story of Richard, a young man who has grown up in the shadow of his famous father, and his struggle to find his own identity. I'm not really a fan of 'coming-of-age' novels, but ...more
Becky Ford
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though there are no sinister characters and not one glimpse of Cornwall, I still loved this book. This is the most introspective du Maurier novel I have read yet. I loved it.
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But then dreams are apart from the business of living; they are things we shed from us gently as we grow older"

Du Maurier's second novel begins in London as Richard (Dick) is snatched from attempting to take his own life by wanderer Jake. The two men strike up an instant friendship and begin a devil-may-care look at life and jump on the first ship leaving town and head for Sweden. They trek the mountains and party with tourists as a steamboat cruises the fjords until they finally end up in a b
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daphne-dumaurier
I'm so glad this was not the first Daphne Du Maurier I'd ever read, because I probably would not have read any more and that would be a shame. She's been my favorite author for 20 years, for some reason I just read this one now, and the rest of her books are wonderful. Maybe because she was so young when she wrote it, or maybe because this was only her second book, but it lacks all the elements I love in her later work - suspense, twists, unlikeable yet interesting characters, a real sense of pl ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
This woman is a master of the senses. A master at everything. The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is because I won't read it again.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kārtējais atradums vecajā grāmatplauktā. Droši vien atkal māsa to tur nolikusi. Latviskajā variantā, ko lasīju, šī grāmata nosaukta pavisam citādi kā angliskajā - `Mums bija reiz viss`. Doma gan abos gadījumos viena - par jaunību, kas nenāks vairs. Interesanti un biedējoši vienlaikus..
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Having read many of Daphne’s other books I decided to embark on this one which I believe is one of her earlier offerings. I felt that the writing style was similar but that there wasn’t the depth to the characters that I felt later books had. Dick is very self-absorbed, thinking only of himself and, of course, he finally loses everyone he cherishes but does become a man during the process so finally gains in the end.
He meets Jake first who talks him down from the bridge where he was going to co
HelenDolly Plumb
I almost didn't read I'll Never be Young Again. I've read a lot of Daphne du Maurier's books this year, the most recent being a short story collection which I didn't like at all, then I made a start on 'Hungry Hill' but quickly gave it up.

This is Daphne's second book and was not as well received as the first 'The Loving Spirit' but is so much more my kind of book. I love the stream of consciousness style of writing in which we always get to share what our narrator is feeling, but 5 minutes later
Jake was gay, right? Y'all read that the same as me? The man he loved dearly on the ranch but turns against when he finds out he's a mad shagger of women, and has nothing but contempt for the humps he leaves behind, that's clearly a thinly veiled queer story, I'd bet my buttons on it. You don't knock someone's nose into their skull because you're disappointed in a pal.

I really, really didn't like this book. I adore Daphne Du Maurier and she writes this beautifully but I couldn't stand the main c
To Cho
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yes, a horrible beginning with no point and no strong core. For those who last the book will give you thoughts about young man during his searching for self-meaning. Conflict - I would rather named the book. There is a small chance that it would attract more people to read it. But it could be taken "tacky" as well, so not quite sure about it at all.
This book is nothing more, than easy reading but not that bad written and there are three or four places when you have that feeling to go deeper to
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third book by du Maurier that I''ve read and the second out of these three that has a male protagonist. Unlike Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, this novel is much more focused on the inner feelings of the main character rather than mysteries. The language of Dick is so man-like, with all the indecent thoughts at times, that I would never guessed the author is a woman if I had not known it before. All in all, this was a great read; the pages ran faster than a wolf, and the ending was tru ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-c, 2015-read
This really is a book of two halves. I was fully expecting (view spoiler), which would have tied the two parts together much more neatly.

The first half is a bit of a mess and it gets more into its own in the scenes in Paris. Dick is an awful protagonist but incredibly real -- we've all known blokes like that, have't we?(!)
Jun 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Misfit
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Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classical
The moral of this story is: don't judge an author by her early works.
Lynne Norman
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this book, which is not true of any other du Maurier novel that I have read so far. That said, it was well worth the investment as the author takes you through a coming of age story like no other. Contrary to many other books that deal with similar themes, the character's personal fulfilment (spoiler alert) is not to be found in artistic expression, in the love of a good woman, in sexual liberation, in 'dropping out', in defying his parents, in travel or in adventu ...more
Pam Joslin
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book by a great author - I can't believe she was so young when she wrote this and in the voice of a young male. Sometimes a little bit flowery and sometimes a little over the top for modern times, but overall a great story of a young man and his quest for a life of his own, even if he was so self-centered you wanted to slap him a couple of times for good measure. I particularly liked the travelogues, a glimpse into countryside, city and more. I loved this and glad I finally took the time ...more
Kristy Drážovská
Netreba súdiť podľa obálky... Bolo to úžasné. Pri čítaní vždy akosi podvedome prežívate život niekoho iného, no málokedy sa mi podarí do cudzieho sveta preniknúť tak veľmi, ako teraz. Čítala som to dlhšie akoby bolo treba, no chcela som si vychutnávať každé slovo, či vetu. V deji sa toho až tak veľa neudeje a zároveň udeje. Je to kniha o živote, poznaní, myšlienkach a charakteroch... Daphne du Maurier ma opäť dostala. Myšlienky, ktoré sa tu nachádzajú ma obrali o všetky slová. Kniha vyzerá aktuá ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
"the courage to endure"
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad this wasn't the first Daphne du Maurier book I read. If it was the first, I would not have read any more.
It is with great sorrow that I am putting this book ‘on-hold’ after 160 pages. I detest not finishing a book and therefore can’t bear to drop it completely but I can’t say that I am going to rush to finish it so it felt right to review it now.

Some of my favourite stories (novels and shorts) have been told by Daphne du Maurier. She has a writing style that is both elegant and engrossing and so the reader cannot help but engage with her stories. This style is present, to a degree, in “I’ll Never B
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is an utterly bourgeois novel penned with lifeless characters, and a despicable protagonist who inspires absolutely no sympathy from the reader. Dick is by turns petulant, stupid, chauvinistic, moralistic, and sentimental. He's little more than a sniveling coward, a public-school leftenent too weak to stop being dominated by his daddy issues. He sizes up women as "plain" because of something they said he didn't like. He fears sex, thinks he's better than his urges, only to practically date ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a du Maurier novel is like meeting up with an old friend; you know you are in good company and will be both entertained and amused with them for hours on end. Daphne du Maurier is one of my very favourite authors, and I am so glad that she was such a prolific writer. I aim that I have read around half of her books to date, and I have so enjoyed them all. I’ll Never Be Young Again is her second novel, and the first which uses the male narrative voice throughout, something which I think sh ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’LL NEVER BE YOUNG AGAIN. (1932). Daphne du Maurier. **.
This was du Maurier’s second novel, and, unfortunately her learning curve was very obvious. Her great books were still ahead of her, but she obviously needed practice. This novel was a combination ‘coming-of-age’ story combined with a ‘road’ book. It’s the story of Richard, a young man from England, who leaves home because of friction between him and his father. His father was a famous poet and long ago had decided that Richard was not of
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lit
Knowing that this was just du Maurier's second book, written in her early 20s, helped considerably in reading it. This is no Rebecca or My Cousin Rachel; it is, at times, very clunky and overly earnest. Despite this, though, her slightly melodramatic portrait of Richard's coming of age - from an attempted suicide on a London bridge to working on a freight to first love and tragedy and the writing life in Paris - rings true. Richard is terribly unlikeable - he is needy and selfish and treats Hest ...more
Matthew Mainster
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Daphne du Maurier, but this was not my favorite. There were some great moments –– one scene in particular, aboard a ship, is so full of imagery that I was almost seasick! But otherwise the plot seemed less tight, the prose a little less lyrical, less colorful. The main character is interesting, but not necessarily captivating. It enjoyed the theme –– being young –– because I am at that age where I feel the word "young" slipping away from me. So this made the story very relatable at times. ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Только на первый взгляд это произведение о метаниях мальчишки на пороге его взросления. Какие-то странные приключения, детские обиды, почти готовые довести до самоубийства, односторонние жизненные ценности, почему-то очень эгоистические. Не очень хорошее поведение с девушкой, забавная обида, когда она почти год жила его интересами, а потом стала требовать внимания и к себе.
На самом деле это с бесподобнейшей гениальностью подмеченные детали совершенно типичного взросления: уходит молодость, безза
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“You talked to me of being young,” I said to Jake, “you talked this evening on the bridge of losing something I would never understand. Don’t you see what all that has meant to me? I was a boy without the life of a boy. Being young means bondage to me, it means a gaping sepulcher of a house smelling of dust and decay, it means people I have never loved living apart from me in a world of their own where there’s no time, it means the stifling personality of my father crushing the spirit of his son, it” 0 likes
“I scanned the criticisms of recent books to see if there were any that resembled mine. I resented them all; it seemed to me too many people wrote in England, too many people had ideas.” 0 likes
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