September: Reading Daphne Du Maurier
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I'll probably look for Rebecca - the movie - after I read the book.
One of the city bookshops reckons they have his stuff on their website, but I didn't have any luck when I popped in.
I do want to read his books, so I might have to bite the bullet and order from an overseas website. Or order in at my local bookshop, who are good at this sort of thing for me.
Lanteglos Church, where Du Maurier was married. (And it is also featured in her book The Loving Spirit).
Readymoney Cove, featured in Frenchman's Creek and mentioned in others.
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I have started reading My Cousin Rachel. I read and loved Rebecca many years ago. I will reread it someday when I'm not so busy. I'm eager to read the comments on some of her other books that I am not familiar with.
I finished Frenchman's Creek this morning, and I did enjoy it. While it didn't have the brilliance of Rebecca, it was a good fun adventure romance. But not at all standard, with our heroine being married and a mother. My copy rather sniffily says on the back that Dona is a character that we would all love, despite her somewhat "questionable" behaviour.
I think that the reviewer who wrote those lines never got stuck in a miserable marriage, and quite possibly Dona is a character many women love because of her behaviour. (Not that I'm in a miserable marriage, but looking back at some previous relationships, I am incredibly grateful for living in an era when one isn't bound irrevocably to one man. I made some choices that would never have lasted happily, although they were fun at the time.)
We certainly do seem to have similar reactions.
An interesting note accompanied the book. At Du Maurier's death in 1989, Margaret Forster, (who was actually not a big fan of Du Maurier), wrote of her: "No other popular writer has so triumphantly defied classification.....She satisfied all the questionable criteria of popular fiction, and yet satisfied too the exacting requirements of "real literature", something very few novelists ever do."
I am still waiting for a copy of Rebecca from BookMooch. If it does not arrive soon I shall listen to audio version of it read by Jenny Agutter. I also have the DVD to watch again.
I was happy to "discover" this book again!
I enjoyed this book set in Italy.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this month's author and shall continue reading more of her work, as and when I get it.
I live about 40 miles away from Jamaica Inn and, to my shame, haven't been there in more than 30 years. I do keep meaning to go back and, now that I'm more active than I was before the hospital visit, I really do mean to make the journey some time soon. I also mean to walk the trail walked in The House on the Strand sometime.
Daphne's books are ones I can read over and over again although I do agree somewhat with digifish_books about I'll Never Be Young Again - I don't think she really hit her stride until Jamaica Inn - but my goodness, she hit it then with a vengeance! It's great to hear from all these people who are reading Daphne for the first time. My father had an omnibus copy of Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel and Frenchman's Creek which I discovered when I was about 14 and I've never looked back. I'm reminded of that every time I hear someone say they've just discovered these wonderful books.
digifish_books & Booksloth;
Regarding I'll Never Be Young Again; I had to force myself to read the first half, but it improved dramatically in the second half and I enjoyed the remainder of the book. I quite loved her The Loving Spirit.
I, too, am trying to read her in order this time around and have been surprised to see the number of her books I've not yet read as I began to read her in the 60s or 70s.
This has been a great month for "Monthly Author Reads". I picked a great month to begin. The Progress of Julius is next up and has not arrived as of yet so it looks like I am done for this month of reads.
Back to War and Peace and Dracula; both group reads. I am looking forward to next month's reads with Henry James.
See you then.
In regard to Daphne Du Maurier; (I just joined the group on like the 25th) I read: Myself When Young, The Loving Spirit, and I'll Never Be Young Again. I only managed the three. I would have liked to have worked in a biography given time, but one can't do everything nor read everything. Hopefully I will do better with Henry James this month.
I shall take your advice Booksloth about Mrs de Winter.
digifish, interesting photo, she does not look too happy at being interrupted from her work.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share that link with us. What a lovely grouping of pictures and the descriptions going along with them went down very well with my morning coffee.
Thank you for the rec on waiting to read Mrs de Winter until after Rebecca because I was going to do the same thing as englishrose60 while awaiting the arrival of Rebecca.
And thank you also for the rec of Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman. I will have to order that one.
You have done your good deeds for the day.
catch you later,
My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
Digital audio performed by Jonathan Pryce
Philip Ashley is the young heir to the great Cornwall estate owned by his cousin, Ambrose, who is his guardian and has been like a father to him. For health reasons, Ambrose goes to Italy in the winter months, but this time he does not return. He has married the lovely widowed Contessa and is staying for a time until her late husband’s affairs are fully settled. But then Ambrose dies suddenly, and Cousin Rachel shows up in Cornwall. Is she the bereaved widow? A temptress and gold-digger? Could she have poisoned Ambrose?
Oh, what a tangled web we weave …. Wonderfully atmospheric, gothic psychological suspense. Philip is a naïve young man who is seemingly easily manipulated by the worldly Rachel. Or is he? Is the mutual attraction a figment of his over-active imagination? Does he believe the cryptic notes cousin Ambrose sent him? Or should he shrug them off as the product of a diseased and fevered brain? Rachel, herself, is the soul of propriety one moment, and then seemingly giddy as a schoolgirl at her good fortune the next. She is flirtatious one moment, and standoffishly proper then next. She seems callously indifferent in one scene and then solicitous and concerned about Philip on the next page. She’s both captivating and infuriating!
I was second-guessing myself as often as Philip was. At the end I’m left wondering what really happened. And that’s a good thing.
Johnathan Pryce does a marvelous job narrating the audio book. He’s a talented actor and he gives all the characters, men and women, distinct voices that really bring them to life.