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Daphne du Maurier

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Amanda
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Post by Amanda » Mon March 9th, 2009, 3:00 am

I picked a couple of D du M books on a clearance stand the other day, as I remembered there had been a bit of positive chat around here recently about her books. I got Rebecca and Frenchman's Creek, for $7 each for the new pb. They had a few other titles there too, so I will no doubt find myself there again before too long :p Though they didn't have The Glass Blowers, My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn or the House on Strand Street.

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Post by Ludmilla » Mon March 9th, 2009, 10:33 am

[quote=""Misfit""] Anyone know how much of that is fact and not author fancy?[/quote]

I think that would be difficult to determine, but the family did leave behind letters and such that she used for the book. I also found this entryover at 20th Century American Bestsellers project. You'll find contemporary reception and a critical essay at the bottom.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting approach to that period, and it helped fill in some gaps in my knowledge of it. I didn't know much about the Vendean revolt when I read this; it's definitely a slice of history I won't soon forget. The brothers were all so different, weren't they? I adored Pierre.

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Post by Misfit » Mon March 9th, 2009, 1:14 pm

All right I've got to buckle down here and write a review on TGB :o

Amanda, one of my Amazon Friends recently read The House on the Strand and it's now her favorite. I believe there's some time travel involved with this one. Sigh, which one to pick up next when there's so many to chose from...

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Post by chuck » Tue March 10th, 2009, 4:16 am

I enjoyed "House on the Strand" .....sort of a time slip book....well done....I'm told that Ms. DuM. was not well liked by the Cornwallians.....Especially when she described the local characters and places of Cornwall(she did not get it right).....FM a author who lives in Cornwall ....she is not a DuM hater...she just wanted set the record straight re: Ms. DuM and Cornwall.....

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Post by Vanessa » Tue March 10th, 2009, 8:39 am

I enjoyed House on the Strand.

The Cornwallians can't dislike DduM too much as they have a DduM festival every year - next one is in May.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue March 10th, 2009, 12:05 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]The Cornwallians can't dislike DduM too much as they have a DduM festival every year - next one is in May.[/quote]

yes, plus a lot of the locations in her books are popular visitor attractions, so I don't think they'll bite the hand that's feeding them too much!

I loved House on the Strand, two very different people recommended it to me years ago, and they were both right, so it shows DduM must have fairly universal appeal. There is a very strong historical element to HontheS, the guy involved finds the historical bit more interesting than his present day - sound familiar! ;)

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DduM. and Cornwall

Post by chuck » Tue March 10th, 2009, 3:03 pm

:confused: [quote=""Madeleine""]yes, plus a lot of the locations in her books are popular visitor attractions, so I don't think they'll bite the hand that's feeding them too much!

I loved House on the Strand, two very different people recommended it to me years ago, and they were both right, so it shows DduM must have fairly universal appeal. There is a very strong historical element to HontheS, the guy involved finds the historical bit more interesting than his present day - sound familiar! ;) [/quote]

I hope you don't think I'm a DduM hater....I'm far from it.....but I'm just relaying FM's feelings about Daphne not being a Cornwallian, and trying to capture the true Cornwall.....I think she was trying say that there is some local resentment about D. being a transplant from London?......Is there any Corwallians out there; that can explain this better than I......I do remember FM stating there is a fine line to walk because the DduM interest and the dependence on the tourist $$$$ in Cornwall?.....Please I don't mean to start a controversy......BTW... I think her novels translate to film wonderfully......Cheers

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Post by Misfit » Tue March 10th, 2009, 3:06 pm

Chuck, I for one didn't pick up any bad vibes on your statement. It would be interesting to know how well she does portray Cornwall and its residents though.

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Post by Vanessa » Tue March 10th, 2009, 3:58 pm

No, I didn't get bad vibes. I've just never heard that before.

She did live in Cornwall for many years - Manderley is based on Menabilly where she lived at one stage in her life. And I think the House on the Strand is based on the Dower House where she ended up living as she couldn't stay in Menabilly any longer. Authors are allowed literary licence, though, aren't they?? :D A bit of trivia - my aunt lived next door to her at some time or other (not sure when) and always said what a lovely lady she was.
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Post by chuck » Tue March 10th, 2009, 4:35 pm

Me thinks there is a recent bio on DduM and these posts about her has got my interest...I may check it out and see if I can learn more about her life in Cornwall......

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