Any Daphne Du Maurier fans out there? discussion

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

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 2: by A.G. Lake (new)

A.G. Lake My Year of Reading du Maurier
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 3: 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.


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