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The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
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Apr 13, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: modern, books-to-film, short-stories
Read in January, 2006

There's a chilling quality to the tranquility of Daphne du Maurier's words, and this is clearly evident in short stories "The Birds". Hitchcock based his horror "The Birds" on du Maurier's short story, although the short story is set in the English coast. It starts innocently enough, with a flock of birds suddenly flocking to the ocean. There is no explanation given as to why these birds suddenly behave that way, only that they do. In a way that adds to the heavy chilling silence that brings about the suspense. There is an almost clausphobic feel to it as the family is forced into hiding by the attacking birds, uncertain if help would ever come or if they would ever get out it alive. Suddenly, the open air is not safe anymore, and like the family, the reader is confined to only what du Maurier reveals. And she does not reveal much.
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