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Los pájaros y otros relatos

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  6,635 ratings  ·  556 reviews
Recopilación de relatos del autor con un vínculo común: los pajaros. "Los pájaros" es una historia inquietante, un relato que admite varias lecturas e interpretaciones. Parte de una realidad cotididiana, con una pequeña variante: "¿Qué pasaría si esos pájaros, que se lanzan feroces hacia los gusanos, lo harían sobre las personas?" Esta es la pregunta que se hizo un buen ...more
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in calculating my enjoyment of this collection, i might have made a mathematical error. there are six stories in this collection, and i only disliked one of them. granted, the one i disliked was the longest story, which gives it more negative weight, but my love of the last story was so great that i think i shall round this up to four stars.


since there are only six stories, it is not a trial for me to review them separately.

The Birds

yeah, we've all seen the movie.

but du maurier's story
Fiona MacDonald
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I am still in shock over how wonder this book was. Each story perfect and haunting in its own unique way. Each story just the right length, not a word too long, not a page too short. Breathtaking storytelling from Du Maurier.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Birds is one of my favourite movies, so I’d predominantly brought this short story collection to see how the two compared.

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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories was a spontaneous purchase in a secondhand book store. The title story is prominently displayed on the front cover and that made me curious. I really had no idea that Daphne du Maurier was the author of 'The Birds'. Well, it proved to be a very intriguing collection of supernatural stories. They were a joy to read as they are all written in a very elegant and haunting prose. The stories ranged from the apocalyptic to the mysterious, varying in atmosphere from ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instead of a review, here is a love-letter...

"Dear Daphne,

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
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watched Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds as a child, and now I read the original story for the first time.



(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
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some rather solid reasons why Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favourite authors. She was a wordsmith, and she could tell an atmospheric story effortlessly, but, most importantly, she keeps me up at night, and that's a winning recipe to make me fall in love with an author. Ever since I read Rebecca, I'm always on the lookout for more Du Maurier material that I can sink my teeth into. This is my fourth Du Maurier book, and although I didn't love all six of the stories in here, I haven't ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading a Du Maurier book and I think this was a very good place to start. I feel like I got a good glimpse into various different stories that Du Maurier has written, and I particularly loved the title story: The Birds. This was my favourite because of the horror elements and the atmosphere that just really built over the course of the tale. I really would recommend reading that if nothing else, but many of the others were also very strong.

The Birds - This story is
Rebecca McNutt
Daphne De Maurier is one of my favourite authors, but I've been until recently unable to find my copy of her story The Birds until now. This classic horror tale is undoubtedly worth reading and one of De Maurier's best works.
classic reverie
A engaging mix with a fair amount of noir storytelling!

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
A unique and bizarre collection of entertaining short stories that certainly ends on a shockingly good high note!

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

Barry Pierce
The title story of this collection is quite good. I mean, we've all seen The Birds but the original story is slightly different. It's by far the best story in here. The next story is a 60-page story about fucking mountaineering and it's so bad that it literally put me off reading anything for days. In fact, all of the other stories in this collection are strangely sub-par. The only other somewhat readable story in here is last one and that's barely ten pages long. This collection is far inferior ...more
Nov 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The closest I ever got to a story like THE BIRDS was when I visited Norway some years ago.

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 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
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection consists of several stories: The Birds, Monte Verita, The Apple Tree, The Little Photographer, Kiss Me Again, Stranger and The Old Man.

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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

“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
Natalie Richards
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
My favourite collection of du Maurier`s short stories; every one is a winner with me. ...more
After loving Don't Look Now & Other Stories, I felt compelled to move straight on to another compilation of Daphne du Maurier short stories. I enjoyed this collection almost as much as Don't Look Now: while they aren't all up to exactly the same standard, each story is intriguing, unsettling and atmospheric, and many of them have an incredible twist which either slowly unfolds throughout the narrative or is suddenly revealed at the very end - sometimes both.

Monte Verità
Told in first person
Charles  van Buren
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Kindle edition
Publication date:December 17, 2013
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
ASIN:B00GR5N2Q6 Sales Rank:3848
208 pages

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
Viv JM
I thought this was an excellent collection of short stories. There wasn't a single one I didn't enjoy. Du Maurier builds suspense and drama superbly and effortlessly, and there's a real gothic atmosphere in a few of the stories, especially The Birds, The Apple Tree and Monte Verita (my personal favourite in the collection). I really must get round to reading some of her novels!
Sarah (Presto agitato)
I don’t read a lot of short story collections. Too often they consist of one or two decent stories and several forgettable ones. As for the short story form, it can be unsatisfying. Just as I settle in with the characters and the story, it is over.

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 (
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nope, nope, nope. Nope. How many nopes is that? Anyway, nope. Seriously though, you have to hand to Daphne du Maurier, she definitely knows how to tell a story. And in this case, several stories. I read another one of her anthologies this year, and thought what a great weaver of tales she was.

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
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebooks
This is my second book of short stories by Daphne du Maurier.
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.
Raeleen Lemay
No rating since I only read the first story, “The Birds”. I definitely liked the movie better!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Ah how I love du Maurier! Her mind must have been a weird and wonderful place, and I love the window her stories give into it. The stories in this collection are:
"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
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
4.5 stars.

These stories still hold up remarkably well after all this time! (All these stories are wonderful, with "The Birds" being the most notable standout.)
4.25/5. This was a really, really good collection! With the exception of one story (Monte Verita, which I thought was overly long and a bit boring), I thoroughly enjoyed every story. My favourites were The Apple Tree and The Little Photographer, both rather complex character studies and works of suspense. Daphne du Maurier really knows how to slowly build up dread in a really subtle, yet effective way. The title story, The Birds, is very different from the Hitchcock adaptation, but honestly, ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second selection of short stories I've read by the great Daphne du Maurier. The guy who sits next to me at work, and is also 10 years my senior, had never heard of said author (WTF!!) so to describe her style i said think Stephen King but in the 1950s.

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
Sarah Mac
NB: Check my reading updates for snippets of reaction to each story (some with spoilers).

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
The Birds *****
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
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Birds is clearly the strongest story in this re-issued collection of six of Daphne du Maurier's short stories and is rightly the titular one. The inspiration for Hitchcock's classic film of the same name, I was surprised to see how much liberty Hitch had taken with the story. Instead of a couple in sunny Bodega Bay, California, the story is a claustrophobic tale of a farming family in Cornwall when suddenly the birds turn vicious. The story feels very close and dark; the shorter cycles of ...more
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If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.

In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a
“ the slow sea sucked at the shore and then withdrew, leaving the strip of seaweed bare and the shingle churned, the sea birds raced and ran upon the beaches. Then that same impulse to flight seized upon them too. Crying, whistling, calling, they skimmed the placid sea and left the shore. Make haste, make speed, hurry and begone; yet where, and to what purpose? The restless urge of autumn, unsatisfying, sad, had put a spell upon them and they must flock, and wheel, and cry; they must spill themselves of motion before winter came.” 30 likes
“When she smiled it was as though she embraced the world.” 27 likes
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