The Birds: and Other Stories

The Birds: and Other Stories

by Daphne du Maurier

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"Anyone starting this book under the impression that he may sleepily relax is in for a shock...continually provokes both pity and terror." --The Observer (UK)

A classic of alienation and horror, The Birds was immortalised by Hitchcock in his celebrated film. The five other chilling stories in this collection echo a sense of dislocation and mock man's dominance over the natural world. The mountain paradise of 'Monte Verità' promises immortality, but at a terrible price; a neglected wife haunts her husband in the form of an apple tree; a professional photographer steps out from behind the camera and into his subject's life; a date with a cinema usherette leads to a walk in the cemetery; and a jealous father finds a remedy when three's a crowd . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316253604
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 214,763
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the actor Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of the author and artist George du Maurier. Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931, but it would be her fifth novel, Rebecca, that made her one of the most popular authors of her day. Besides novels, du Maurier wrote plays, biographies, and several collections of short fiction. Many of her works were made into films, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, "Don't Look Now," and "The Birds." She lived most of her life in Cornwall, and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1969.

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The Birds: and Other Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
5 short stories. Some are closer to a Novella. A little over 200 pages per page count but each page is at least 3-4 pages on your nook. I won't describe each story so as to not ruin the impact on future readers. Just know that each story will affect you differently. You will be excited, annoyed, frightened, creeped-out and surprised by these tales. As with all collections, you will like some stories better than others. Compelling, fast moving stories that you just can't put down until you reach the end. Most have a twist and/or a cliff hanger type of ending that makes the reader come to their own conclusion. The author's ability to describe people, places and events allows the reader to picture what exactly the ending would have been had one more paragraph been written at the end. That is the genius of Daphne du Maruier. Truly, one of the great authors of the 20th century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daphne du Maurier proves again why she was a great writer. 1. The Birds- 4 stars It is well written and really keeps one's attention. I couldn't put it down until I finished the story last night. 2. Monte Verita- 3 stars This is a much longer and slower moving short story. It has more of a fantasy spin to it. 3. The Apple Tree- 4 stars The old man is haunted by an apple tree. It is more of a mental based gothic story as none of the other characters understand the old man's aversion to the old apple tree. 4. The Little Photographer 4 stars A petty marquise and an obsessed photographer make for a twisted holiday romance story. It is like the Birds with a cliffhanger ending. 5. Kiss Me Again, Stranger- 4 stars Kiss Me Again, Stranger is a creepy sort of dual stalker story. The narrator becomes obsessed with the girl and doesn't expect the twist at the end. 6. The Old Man- 3 stars This is the shortest of all the stories. All the narrator sees is a happy family life. I wished we would have seen a little more behind what caused the final twist in the story.