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The Daphne Du Maurier Companion Paperback – 3 May 2007
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A marvellous celebration of du Maurier's life, work and cultural legacy; an indispensable guide to the writer and her art (Sarah Waters)
* This companion to the work of one of Britain's best-loved novelists celebrates the centenary of her birth.See all Product description
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The first part of the book is especially enjoyable - a collection of reminiscences by people who knew her, worked with her and loved her; the second discusses the amazingly enigmatic Rebecca in its many manifestations; and the third contains all the introductions of the Virago/Du Maurier paperbacks - very useful for deciding which one to read again first. Plus a never-before-published short story! Altogether a hugely enjoyable and enlightening vade mecum to Daphne's world, and a page-turner in itself.
The du Maurier novel I enjoy most is 'Jamaica Inn,' which I like because it is a good story well told, with a large element of exciting hokum (wreckers and the albino vicar who despises his flock), that holds the reader and makes him or her want to keep on reading. It is also set on the wild and mysterious Bodmin Moor, one of my favourite parts of Cornwall. In fact it is Daphne du Maurier's association with and evocations of her beloved Cornwall, a love I share, that I most read her for. And why not? Do we need to apologise for such enthusiasms or justify them by trying to demonstrate that 'Rebecca' is another 'Jane Eyre' and that Daphne du Maurier has the literary stature of George Eliot or D. H. Lawrence? Dare I suggest that the vacuity of the new book shows that once you have said you enjoy du Maurier's writings there is not much more to say? A better companion might be Margaret Forster's fine biography.
I would say this is a good book if you want to know more about her life and her works. I was very impressed by it and think more people should give it a chance.
It is true, though that they have reissued the introudctions to her books, which i felt a bit cheated and therefore only gave it 4 stars out of five. Other than that, i'm happy with the book and will keep it near me for years to come as i've enjoyed reading it.
This book is mainly for REAL Daphne Du Maurier fans.