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Book Title: The Birds: Retro Audio|
The author of the book: Daphne du Maurier
Edition: Andrews UK LImited
Date of issue: December 18th 2008
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Birds about to cook up something.
I absolutely loved reading Daphne du Maurier's "The Birds" and finished it in one sitting. Actually, it is a short story but is really not that short either.
Birds lead their attack.
Even though the cover of the book shown here has a shot from Alfred Hitchcock's film which goes by the same name, the director changed most of the book. The book keeps you guessing as to the outcome of the story, while Mr Hitchcock has the family leaving their sea town towards the end of the book to escape the horrifying birds.
The book has no cage in which a bird is kept or rather has been imprisoned (if you see things from a humane point). The film has Rod Taylor's young sister keeping a canary (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong) in a birdcage. She even takes it with her towards the end of the film. Many people believed that misery had befallen the family because of this reason, meaning birds had become the town's enemy because of one of their species being kept imprisoned.
Film poster of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963).
The book has no bar where the town's folk keep blaming Tippi Hedren for bringing misfortune to their town as she is "an outsider" and does not belong here. The film's hero is involved with her and wants to marry her. The book's protagonist is a happily-married family man with a wife and two children, a daughter and a son who is the baby of the family. The film not only has a sister for the protagonist but also a mother. Mr Hitchcock added all these characters on his own maybe to add more spice to the story. And I must say he succeeds, as the film also happens to be a big favourite of mine.
Daphne Du Maurier at Menabilly.
Having said that, I must say that Miss Daphne has done a stupendous job with her story as it keeps you turning page after page and has you on the edge of your chair right till the very end.
Immediately grab hold of the book as you will truly be missing something if you don't read it!
Tippi Hedren along with the schoolchildren being attacked by the birds.
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Read information about the authorIf Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.
In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor-manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint. She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories. A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major (later Lieutenant-General Sir) Frederick Browning, whom she married.
Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame. While Alfred Hitchcock's film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best-known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.
Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past. She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth-century France and England, Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in 'Gerald: a Portrait', a biography of her father; 'The du Mauriers', a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch; 'The Glassblowers', a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors; and 'Growing Pains', an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful and more romantic period of her youth. Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.
While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced 'old-fashioned' novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience's love or fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery. At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.
In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother. This vision, which underlies 'Julius', 'Rebecca' and 'The Parasites', is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father's commanding presence. In 'Julius' and 'The Parasites,' for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.
In 'Rebecca', on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story. The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator's father. The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman - the dead Rebecca and her witch-like surrogate, Mrs Danvers - to win the love of her husband and father-figure.
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