The Delights of Beginning a new du Maurier

The seven-year-old’s guardian has taken him to gawk at the body of a hanged man. It’s been four weeks, self can only imagine the smell.

She’s still only on p. 1 of My Cousin Rachel:

“There you are, Philip,” he said. “It’s what we all come to in the end. Some upon a battlefield, some in bed, others according to their destiny. There’s no escape. You can’t learn the lesson too young. But this is how a felon dies.”

OUTSTANDING.

Kudos, Daphne du Maurier. So many kudos.

Stay tuned.

Once Again, a du Maurier Story

Self wonders if she took 10 days (longer than her usual) to get through Would Everybody Stop? because she so loved the feeling of knowing My Cousin Rachel was up next.

Anyhoo, here she is, on p. 1!

And God she loves the du Maurier world, a world where even a man hanging dead for three weeks earns this description: “The rain had rotted his breeches, if not his body, and strips of worsted drooped from his swollen limbs like pulpy paper.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

My Cousin Rachel: First Sentence

Self is thrilled, absolutely thrilled to begin her third du Maurier novel: My Cousin Rachel.

The ‘woke’ first sentence:

  • They used to hang men at Four Turnings in the old days.

LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

Stay tuned.

 

My Cousin Rachel, The Door

Almost to the end of Jenny Allen’s Would Everybody Please Stop?

It’s been a very enjoyable read. Humor — don’t we all need it?

Self was supposed to read My Cousin Rachel right after she finished Jamaica Inn but Jamaica Inn left her nerves in tatters, so she decided to go for light reading, then return to My Cousin Rachel.

After My Cousin Rachel is The Door, by Magda Szabo. Self knows almost nothing about this book, so she decided to look up some reviews on goodreads. And here’s a sentence about what The Door is about:

  • A stylishly told tale which recounts a strange relationship built up over 20 years between a writer and her housekeeper.

My goodness! Magda Szabo got away with writing about that? It could almost be a du Maurier, except that The Door doesn’t sound as if there are any men in it.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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