Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

Stories

Book - 2008
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Daphne du Maurier wrote some of the most compelling and creepy novels of the twentieth century. Less known, though no less powerful, are her short stories, in which she gave free rein to her imagination in narratives of unflagging suspense. Patrick McGrath's new selection of du Maurier's stories shows her at her most chilling and most psychologically astute; a dead child reappears in the alleyways of Venice; routine eye surgery reveals the beast within to a meek housewife; nature revolts against man's abuse by turning a benign species into an annihilating force; a dalliance with a beautiful stranger offers something more dangerous than a broken heart. McGrath draws on the whole of du Maurier's long career and includes surprising discoveries together with famous stories like "The Birds."
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, ©2008.
ISBN: 9781590172889
1590172884
Branch Call Number: FIC DU MAURIER, DAPHNE
Characteristics: xiii, 346 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McGrath, Patrick 1950-

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LPL_KatieF Jun 09, 2019

Daphne Du Maurier's stories are creepy, twisty, and full of anxiety and paranoia. I loved this collection and read it quickly - I wanted to jump right into the next story whenever I finished one. The titular story, "Don't Look Now," and the story that inspired Hitchcock's film, "The Birds," were my favorites. I found myself thinking a lot about the narrative tricks Du Maurier effortlessly pulls off: seeding bits early in the story that only later flourish into doom and gloom. I'd recommend this book to fans of Shirley Jackson and Kate Chopin. I can't wait to read more of Du Maurier's work - "Rebecca" is on deck!

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