“It's impressive how Tatiana was able to recreate the personality of my mother, including her sense of humor. It is very well written and very moving. I’m sure my mother would have loved this book.” ― ...more
Written more like a novel than a work of non-fiction, Tatiana de Rosnay begins MANDERLEY FOREVER with a young Daphne brought up in a privileged home (the apple of her 'famous' father's eye) who even at age four showed creativity, and continues on by sharing (surprising) tidbits from her personal diary throughout the good times and the bad all the way to the end.
I was totally immersed in her life, passions, obsessions and dark s...more
I so enjoyed this biography of this author, learning of her family, her loves, the way her writing took form, the stories behind the writing.
I have now added several novels and a couple short story collections of Ms. Du Maurier's to my list of books to read. I was quite taken with her, from reading about her!
I want to thank Netgalley, St. Martin's Press, and the author Tatiana de Rosnay ...more
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This biography reads like a nove ...more
The author really never brought DuMaurier alive for me. It was like she was holding her at arm's length, examining while not really getting close. I think the problem may be that it was written in French and perhaps the transla ...more
I had seen Hitchcock's Rebecca on television before I read the book. While an English major at Temple University in Philadelphia I attended several meetings of an Eng ...more
This may be one of the most unique biographies I’ve ever read.
Tatiana de Rosnay wrote this biography as though it were a novel, as though Daphne Du Maurier were telling us her life story, giving us access to her personal thoughts and feelings, which is really something, and she pulled it off quite nicely.
As a huge fan of the Gothic genre, you ...more
This may be better appreciated by people who favor fiction over biographies in general. I read a fair amount of both and this bio just did not work for me, for some reason. I love Daphne du Maurier an ...more
Born to a life of privilege, du Maurier was exposed to literature and the arts early on. She realized at a yo ...more
Dapne duMaurier led a charmed life - full of privilege, fame and fortune. She may have not been always have been an easy person to live with and was not immune to heartache, but I had tears in my eyes at the end of this extraordinary account of her life.
I'm not sure how to describe it, define it or even categorize it. But it was something quite pleasant.
It is in French, the author is Anglo-French and wrote it in French. And a lot is made of Du Maurier's French roots, made almost as an obsession for her.
Well, the whole thing did not work with me.
It does not work as a researched biography although it certainly is. I am probably too much used to academic biographies with dates, details, references, footnotes, etc. This is said as an argument ...more
I love the way in which Manderley Forever is written. I found the first section particularly incredibly spellbinding. There was almost a magical quality to its prose, as well as the story it relayed. Whilst the rest of the book was undoubtedly ...more
I fell in love with Rebecca and despite owning a collection of her short stories, I have yet to read much more. However, I am fascinated with the life that this woman had lived, skirting out of the traditional route and into a self providing one, focusing her attention on grim prose, telling stories of women and men who were often less than likeable or trustworthy. Historically, this woman lived through a perio ...more
Admittedly I have never read a book written by Daphne du Maurier even though Rebecca has been on my TBR forever. So I was a little nervous going in to this biography of her. The few biographies I have read in the past of other people have been kind of hard for me to get through. This book couldn't have been more different. Almost from the beginning I was hooked onto the way the author decided to write the bio. It ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the life of Daphne du Maurier and her motivations for her writing. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Daphne's books.
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