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DDM reading week 8 -15 May 2023

Ali at Heavenali is hosting another Daphne du Maurier reading week this year. It will take place on 8 - 15 May. This event comes at a very appropriate time for me, since I am on a path to read all, or most, of du Maurier's books.

I have already started and managed five novellas during April. They were:


Don't Look Now

The Apple Tree

The Birds

Not After Midnight

The Blue Lenses


All of the spooky. Most of you will know The Birds, if not by reading, by watching the famous Hitchcock movie. All the novellas are building up a story, about quite ordinary people, but there is a dark undertone lingering, almost not visible. The endings come with a somewhat weird twist. Highly entertaining to read though.


I have already read some books by du Maurier, and will try to start from the beginning. Her first three books are; The Loving Spirit, I'll Never Be Young Again and The Progress of Julius. I have to try to find them, but will choose something else, if they are not available.


Are you a du Maurier fan as well? What would be your favourite books to start with, or to read by her.


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Guest
May 01, 2023

I've worked my way through the big basics over the Reading Weeks - I hadn't even read Rebecca before they started, and have done that one, My Cousin Rachel, the smugglers' one, the doubles one and have the childhood autofiction one borrowed from Ali for this time round! Enjoy your reads.

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
May 08, 2023
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Thank you. I have read Rebecca, and listen to My Cousin Rachel, both very good. I think you refer to Jamaica Inn for the smuggler story. I was not entirely keen on it when I saw a tv-series, but the book might be better. I did love these shorter stories, and hope the longer ones will be good as well.

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Debbie Nance
Debbie Nance
Apr 27, 2023

My mother loved Daphne du Maurier. Since gothic novels were the only books she kept in the house, I ended up reading all of her books as a teen.

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
Apr 27, 2023
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How wonderful. I did not think of them as gothic, but you are right. They are. I am looking forward to reading the books I have not yet read.

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