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Ange | 22 comments Mod
Here we can discuss our thoughts for I'll Never Be Young Again


message 2: by Britta (last edited Jul 03, 2018 10:41AM) (new)

Britta Böhler | 12 comments I just got the book, and also Loving Spirit. So will try and catch up with the schedule this month :-)


message 3: by A.G. Lake (new)

A.G. Lake Read this very recently but am rereading fast to get the sense of the chronological development of DDM’s writings.


message 4: by Dianna (new)

Dianna Waiting for my interlibrary loan copy. I hope I get it in time!


message 5: by Karen (new)

Karen Just started reading this one and looking forward to discussing : )


message 6: by Quirkyreader (new)

Quirkyreader | 17 comments I have already finished it. I am looking forward to the discussion thread.


message 7: by Karen (new)

Karen Hello Quirkyreader : )
About 74 pages in and enjoying it so far.
Can see very early signs of Rebecca too in the start, the descriptions of Richard's parent's house.
I love reading Daphne du Maurier's novels and a few years ago visited the town of Fowey in Cornwall to see the du Maurier family home 'Ferryside' where Daphne lived till 1943.
I can see where her love of boats and the sea come from


message 8: by Quirkyreader (new)

Quirkyreader | 17 comments Karen,

I am enjoying her early writing style. And I am going to enjoy seeing how it evolved.


message 9: by Britta (new)

Britta Böhler | 12 comments Just finished reading. What a strange little book! I didn't dislike it but the story and the characters felt quite detached to me. It was almost as if Jake and Hesta were just figments of Richard's imagination. (And I have to admit, like with the first novel, I'm not that big on ships and sea-adventures...).
But it's very interesting to see Du Maurier develop as a writer, so I'm really glad I've read the book.


message 10: by A.G. Lake (new)

A.G. Lake Ok have gotten around to re-reading it. Have finished chapter one on iBooks but page numbers change according to font size so I am on first page of chapter two.
Rereading in iBook because can’t face the dingy print copy again.
On the look out for DDM’s favourite vocabulary words, because I did detect that she did have a big long list of favourite words that she used and reused throughout her works throughout her lifelong writer’s career. And I had gotten that impression from reading about eight of her early books.
And in fact in the introduction to this iBook copy that I am reading this is mentioned; about DDM’s list of favourite literary terms.
There is another bit of brilliance in the introduction that I’ll remember forever, a quote from Dorothy Parker about the girls from Vassar.


message 11: by Karen (new)

Karen Hello Britta, nearly finished reading and agree it's interesting reading du Maurier's earlier work. Even though it's a coming of age story, there is so much talk of death and Richard (Dick) being frightened almost of failure in everything he does in life.
The relationship he has with Jake is interesting, like the father he always wished he had.
This being her second novel, thoughts of failure must of been present in du Maurier's mind also.
Coming from a family of successful writers, she must have felt the pressure to produce fantastic work herself.
Although this may not be one of my favourite novels by du Maurier, i can see something special happening in the writing.
The early male narrrative is present in this book and sets way for her future work.
The building of characterisation is there and it just gets better and better with each novel she writes.


message 12: by Hana (new)

Hana | 7 comments I’m currently reading chapter 5 and I am getting the impression of a longing to be free from all the shackles that society puts on women. I guess Daphne du Maurier writes of her wish to be a man and to be free out in the sea. I got that impression too in her first book “ The Loving Spirit “.


message 13: by Karen (new)

Karen Just finished reading and i much preferred reading part two of the book, rather than part one.
Wasn't sure at first, but ended up quite liking the story and i have given the book four stars.


message 14: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Andrews | 6 comments Up to chapter 7 and I can see a similar theme in DdM’s second book regarding a longing for freedom. The writing style is wordy but whimsical. Not sure if I’m enjoying this book as much as The Loving Spirit...so far Richard is annoying as heck!


message 15: by Karen (new)

Karen I agree, Richard is very unlikeable!!


message 16: by Sue (new)

Sue Moro (moro) | 7 comments I just have to say I think Dick is truly a dick. He is very unlikeable in my opinion, mostly in the second half of the book. I don't get the impression that he really loves Hesta. I'm not sure he knows what true love is, and I hate the way he pushes her to do things she is very hesitant to do. He is extremely clingy and a bit stalker-ish when he first meets Hesta. Also, I felt the dialogue between the two of them was a bit cringe worthy. "Oh darling!" ICK! I actually preferred the first part of the book when he is saved by Jake and begins traveling with him. I felt the relationship was representative of the father son relationship he never got from his own father. Dick just seems a very lost character, clinging to whomever crosses his path.


message 17: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Andrews | 6 comments Lol Sue - that’s exactly what I thought about Dick!


message 18: by A.G. Lake (new)

A.G. Lake My year of reading du Maurier:

Finished reading book this month second time to keep up with the group! iBooked it and paid greater attention and liked it again!

What I learned from reading this book: Men’s lives can totally be lived without women.

Wow! What a brilliant woman!

The first book got her a husband.

This book must have shocked her family that they had such a writer in their midst. Written in a young man’s male voice. And she herself was about twenty-five when she wrote this book.

Very savvy about boys’ lives, young men’s lives and young women’s lives and about people and places. How boys are - they whistle, like porn and hate stuffiness; how young men are, they like ships and the sea, horses and mountains and tramping about and drifting and with the big hero worship; how young women can be - into music and Paris and Barbizon; how first love can go.

Near the end of the novel du Maurier wrote a page that foreshadows the atmosphere and writing created for her book Rebecca.

Loved this book and will have to think about it for a few hours before I plunge into her next book. I’m scheduled to read them all.


message 19: by Clare (new)

Clare Snow (claresnow) | 6 comments I'm a few chapters in and kind of bored. From what everyone's saying, you've convinced me to keep going.


message 20: by A.G. Lake (new)

A.G. Lake Is there a ship named Hesta in Loving Spirit like the GF character in I’ll Never Be Young Again?

Or is it Nesta?

Will have to go back there to check. Don’t have Loving Spirit on iBooks yet to search through it quickly.

My contention is that DDM free associated on elements in both Loving Spirit and in each of her later novels in turn to write her way from novel to novel to get her writing done.

She partially did this because I’m sure she must have had other methods to get the writing done as well.


message 21: by Karen (new)

Karen Hello Clare , yes keep going !


message 22: by Kay (new)

Kay I am 100 pages in and am oscillating between boredom and irritation with this story. I enjoy reading an unlikeable character, but Richard is just a whining boy! Can't remember who said it - but youth is indeed wasted on the young :)


message 23: by Noël (new)

Noël (the_book_rook) | 9 comments So far Dick is reminding me of an early version of Holden Caulfield. Didn't like him either. :D


message 24: by Clare (new)

Clare Snow (claresnow) | 6 comments I'm three quarters of the way through and Dick is infuriating


message 25: by Noël (new)

Noël (the_book_rook) | 9 comments This one just didn’t click with me. I found Dick vapid, childish and uninteresting. I don’t normally mind an unlikeable protagonist, either. He was just annoying. DDM’s writing is the only thing that pushed me through. It’s like she’s developing her style and characters will come later?


message 26: by Leah (new)

Leah | 4 comments I've finally finished. I can see my feeling reflected in the comments above.

I found it hard to motivate myself to pick this up however when I was actually reading it, I enjoyed it.

Dick is a dick though. He was so frustrating however I could relate him to people I knew in my youth.

I want to travel to the fjords of Norway, anyone wanna come?!


message 27: by Tania (new)

Tania | 8 comments I'm still struggling through this one. I've decided to read one chapter a day and move on to another book.
Leah, I'll happily join you at the Norwegian Fjords, I've always wanted to go and this book did make them sound even more appealing. :-)


message 28: by Karen (new)

Karen Leah wrote: "I've finally finished. I can see my feeling reflected in the comments above.

I found it hard to motivate myself to pick this up however when I was actually reading it, I enjoyed it.

Dick is a d..."

Hi Leah and Tania, i struggled at first but found by the end i really enjoyed it.
I could see early signs of her later works (Rebecca) in this novel too.


message 29: by Tania (new)

Tania | 8 comments I'm starting book 2 now, which apparently is where it picks up. I gave it a rest for a few days.


message 30: by Hana (new)

Hana | 7 comments Hi Tania I am struggling with the book too and I just started part 2 but I’ve started reading Julius too I hope I can finish both by the end of August


message 31: by Tania (new)

Tania | 8 comments Hana wrote: "Hi Tania I am struggling with the book too and I just started part 2 but I’ve started reading Julius too I hope I can finish both by the end of August"

Gosh, well done! I think I'd find reading the 2 at the same time would confuse me. I usually have several different books on the go, but they have to be very different. I hope this works for you :-) I will probably read Julius in Sept, as I recently read Jamaica Inn, which I think is that month's book.


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