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Daphne du Maurier

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Post by Misfit » Tue September 29th, 2009, 6:19 pm

The King's General is excellent and a most unusual love story. Don't put it off too long.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue September 29th, 2009, 7:00 pm

[quote=""Susanna Kearsley""]
But I can practically recite Jamaica Inn. I fell in love with Jem at 12 and he still rates high on my list of heroes. The kiss in the marketplace...*sigh* And the part where he breaks through the window because she's been hurt. What a guy. :)

The House on the Strand is my next favourite of hers, followed by Frenchman's Creek. I own all her others (in hardback--I'm a terrible collector) and have read most of them and enjoyed them to varying degrees.

Just not Rebecca, for some reason...[/quote]


Oh yes, one of my all time faves and Jem is fabulous :D
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Post by love_uk » Wed September 30th, 2009, 5:28 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]I enjoyed Rebecca's Tale (didn't expect to as I'd read other books by the author and hadn't liked them), but disliked Mrs de Winter intensely - thought it was a re-hash of the original and I couldn't believe that Mrs de W would be stupid enough to take on Mrs Danvers as housekeeper after all that happened in Rebecca - she annoyed me intensely and I wanted to slap her![/quote]

I didn't feel it was a re-hash & I thought the author captured the atmosphere, period & voice (as mentioned below) quite well. Of course nothing will ever touch the original ... but isn't that always the case?

OK ... now I must read Rebecca's Tale although several of the comments here about Mrs. de W's lack of maturity make me question if I'll like it.
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Post by Miss Moppet » Wed September 30th, 2009, 10:46 pm

[quote=""love_uk""]
OK ... now I must read Rebecca's Tale although several of the comments here about Mrs. de W's lack of maturity make me question if I'll like it.[/quote]

She's not in it very much, Joan. As I remember, she hardly features. The narrative is delivered by different characters in turn a la Susan Howatch, but Mrs de Winter isn't one of them.

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Post by Ludmilla » Thu October 22nd, 2009, 8:11 pm

I came across the attached cover of Jamaica Inn today. It's the quintessential Romantic Suspense cover.

I think my favorite Du Maurier so far has been The King's General. It edges out Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel which are close seconds. Hungry Hill is a dark horse, but I liked it -- probably more than a lot of other folks.

I still have Julius, The Scapegoat and Frenchmen's Creek to read in my TBR.
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Post by Misfit » Thu October 22nd, 2009, 9:37 pm

Love that cover. Any chance you know the publisher and date it was published? I might be able to get the cover on Goodreads.

Besides the short stories, I've only Rebecca and The Parasites left. I'm going to skip Rule Brittania, I've heard it's bizarre as all get out.

I liked Hungry Hill but if anyone else had wrote it I'd have given the story three instead of four stars.

Julius is a very dark horse indeed.
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Post by Miss Moppet » Sat October 24th, 2009, 1:57 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]
Besides the short stories, I've only Rebecca and The Parasites left. I'm going to skip Rule Brittania, I've heard it's bizarre as all get out. [/quote]

My mother bought RB in hardback and was somewhat disappointed. I think I've still got it lying around somewhere but I'd have to read everything else DduM wrote before trying it.

I enjoyed The Parasites although it's rather different from the rest. It draws on her theatrical background, and it is very funny in parts, there's a priceless description of a country house weekend in the middle.

I recommend the Daphne du Maurier Companion ed. Helen Taylor and published by Virago. It has all the introductions from the Virago reprints and a lot of interesting articles. Oh and it's got rather a good early short story, 'And His Letters Grew Colder' - reprinted for the first time since it appeared in US Cosmopolitan.

Edited to say: Ludmilla, I adore that cover

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Post by Ken » Sat October 24th, 2009, 4:31 pm

Miss Moppet

What are you doing here? Don't you have an appointment at Buckingham Palace??

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Post by Misfit » Sat October 24th, 2009, 5:08 pm

[quote=""Ken""]Miss Moppet

What are you doing here? Don't you have an appointment at Buckingham Palace??[/quote]

I was just wondering when I was looking at latest posts why I would find Ken in a Du Maurier thread. Clearly he's having time travel story withdrawal :) :p :D ;)
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Post by Ken » Sat October 24th, 2009, 7:19 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I was just wondering when I was looking at latest posts why I would find Ken in a Du Maurier thread. Clearly he's having time travel story withdrawal :) :p :D ;) [/quote]

Hey! I belong here as I live only about 20 miles from Jamaica Inn and believe me even now, at dusk, it's a spooky place! :)

But. You're right. I'm missing my daily dose of our intrepid time traveller's adventures! What mystery will her rendez-vous in Buckingham Palace lead her to ??????? :eek:

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