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Daphne du Maurier's Classics of the Macabre Hardcover – October 21, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (October 21, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385243022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385243025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great for lovers of this author.
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I read this book as a teenager and loved the strange stories.
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These stories were wonderful and captivating.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jon G. Jackson on June 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Daphne du Maurier was a favorite of the late great Alfred Hitchcock. Most famous, perhaps, for her psychologically intense novels (e.g., REBECCA), her short stories often rose even more to the level of true masterpiece. This book contains six of these, made ever more atmospheric by Michael Foreman's wonderfully unsettling watercolors. It's a perfect combination. Du Maurier's tales are a kind of literary level Twilight Zone. Included in this collection is the all-time classic "The Birds," though the others (every one) are equally as good. If you've never read the original story, "The Birds" offers an additional treat in that we're able to see both du Maurier's own gift of imagination AND Hitchcock's ability to adapt and change a story in creating a film. This book is a treat on both the verbal and non-verbal levels. And, since all great writing is (ironically) about creating an essentially non-verbal experience, this book is a success. Check it out!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By YA book lover on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Classics of the Macabre" is a collection of the (supposedly) Daphne du Maurier's best short stories packaged very nicely - multiple colored illustrations, gorgeous paper. As far as such collections go, it is very strong. Although the stories are satisfying to various degrees, all of them are equally spooky and suspenseful. I am amazed how well du Maurier laces her stories with so much thrill and foreboding.

My favorite in the bunch is definitely "The Birds." Having never watched Hitchcock's movie adaptation, I do not know how the two mediums compare, but this apocalyptic story about birds suddenly turning on people is thrilling and scary in a Stephen King way.

Close second favorite is "The Apple Tree" about a man who one day sees an apple tree in his garden which strongly reminds him of his recently deceased nagging wife. Love how the perception of the dead wife changes throughout the book and how the apple tree embodies her essence.

"Don't Look Now" is very strong as well. A husband and wife are taking a vacation in Venice after the death of their daughter. They come across a couple of weird old ladies who tell them that their dead daughter wants them to leave Venice immediately or something bad is bound to happen. My favorite part of the story is that it raises an interesting question: can we actually change the course of our destinies?

The other three stories are a little weaker. In "The Blue Lenses" after an eye operation a patient suddenly starts seeing people around her as animals. In "The Alibi" a man decides to spice up his boring life by ... killing somebody. And finally, my least favorite story "Not After Midnight" about a man who acquires a mysterious malady after taking a vacation in Greece and encountering a strange American couple there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on March 12, 2013
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First, must say that it's a pleasure to have an old-fashioned illustrated book, with pictures that capture the spirit of the stories. Second, these stories are terrific-- scary, packed with imagery, and in the case of The Apple Tree, psychologically haunting. At least two of these stories (Don't Look Now, The Birds) were later filmed, but the written versions are much more frightening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marty Jackson on May 17, 2013
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Contains Don't Look Now and the Birds. The Apple Tree had excellent description. It was sad, but so vivid! The Blue Lenses is Twilight Zone material, and the illustrations took me by surprise! Nice large book with good heavy paper. I'm not sure if there is a typo of two or if the author's wording was a bit strange sometimes. Recommended for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marion Wilhelm on October 12, 2013
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I love duMaurier but didn't realize that she had written The Birds as well as many other very scared short stories so I ordered this copy. The illustrations are absolutely amazing and a great counterpoint to the creepy good tales.
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