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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
It’s easy to see how the 40 page tale makes such an impact as there’s a real sense of terror and being cut off from the outside world as the strangely sinister birds attack the Cornish farmhouse.
Being set just after the Second World War also highlighted the way people could consume the news, with the ‘wireless’ down the Hocken family are unaware of the scale of the ...more
Have you heard that Cole Porter song? I guess you are not one of those starry-eyed romantics; you would be much more content with the sound of your typewriter keys or the scratch of the nib on a sheet of paper. If not, well let me quote it for you verbatim.
'Let's do it, Daphne. Let's fall in love'.
Of course, it will be an uphill task to woo you. How can it not be? I can imagine you, staring at me with your calm, quietly exquisite eyes ...more
(1) The Birds: Of course it is the best story! The sense of dread and tension is priceless! And the depressing ending is also brillant too!
(2) Monte Verità: I honestly don't know what this story is about, perhaps it is du Maurier's way of expressing her homosexuality and the desire to break from the ...more
The Birds - This story is ...more
I have been wanting to read The Birds for awhile after finding out that Daphne du Maurier was the writer of this short story, which Hitchcock made legend, as well as Rebecca & many others. The Foreword enlightened me of the Hitchcock/ Daphne connection & that was her actor father who Hitchcock knew through the theatre. I had heard the radio adaption which comes closer than the film, which was more romantic centered which the 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...more
I had an early morning stroll around the hotel before they open the buffet breakfast. And there, behind the hotel building, was a big black dumpster. It had the word follotruckutleie.no sprayed on its side. The dumpster was too large for me to take a peak and see what was inside without touching this filthy thing. I usually pass around such objects without paying much attention, but I was intrigued by the ...more
Now, I have seen the film version of, “The Birds,” many years ago, but it bears no resemblance to this story, set in a Cornish seaside town, in the depth of winter. Nat, a war veteran, is the only one who sees the danger the birds suddenly seem to represent, but, ultimately, this has no real resolution.
Monte Verita is an interesting tale of a ...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
Told in first person ...more
Publication date:December 17, 2013
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Amazon.com Sales Rank:3848
The Birds and Other Stories was originally published in 1952 as"The Apple Tree: A Short Novel and Several Long Stories". In 1963 Penguin published a new edition as "The Birds and Other Stories.". Also in 1963, Alfred Hitchcock released his movie adaptation of "The Birds." Another story from this collection, "Kiss Me Again Stranger" was a ...more
Recently, in an effort to knock some books off my towering to-read pile, I read three short story collections by Daphne du Maurier. I have read most of her novels. Some of them I loved (Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, The Scapegoat), most were enjoyable ( ...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
As with the first one, I was delighted with the originality and diverse range of unusual stories.
If you prefer your short stories to be slightly on the darker side, then give these a try.
"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 ...more
Monte Verita (3/5) - The first story sets the somber mood of the book. A tale of everlasting life and how it can affect our mortal loved ones.
The Birds (4/5) - I've never seen the film but i imagine this type of horror story is better ...more
Overall, this was just okay. I did like The Birds; whether that comes from comparing/contrasting with the movie or because of its own merits, I'm not sure, since the other stories didn't do much for me. Granted, short stories rarely impress me anymore (I burned out on them during/after college), so I'll be nice & give a 3-star mark for the good grammar & intriguing ideas herein. But this much I know ...more
Monte Verita ***
The Apple Tree ****
The Little Photographer *****
Kiss Me Again, Stranger *****
The Old Man **
Far superior than Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. Some of these had me at the edge of my seat, and they had some great characters, too. The last one was a disappointment (though I see almost everyone else has enjoyed it immensely. Well I thought the twist was cheap.). Another asset is the collection's versatility - du Maurier is remarkably polyphonic, gliding ...more
|What this collection is actually about! (female rebellion)||1||9||Dec 18, 2017 01:39AM|
|Gothic Literature: 1. The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier||7||41||Oct 16, 2016 09:22AM|
|Gothic Literature: 2. Monte Verità by Daphne Du Maurier||7||21||Oct 09, 2016 12:22PM|
|Gothic Literature: 6. The Old Man by Daphne Du Maurier||6||25||Oct 09, 2016 12:19PM|
|Gothic Literature: 5. kiss me again, stranger by Daphne Du Maurier||4||19||Oct 07, 2016 12:46PM|
In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a ...more