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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754083799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754083795
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,258,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daphne du Maurier’s second work of fiction—an amazingly vivid coming-of-age novel set in 1930s Europe.
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Dame Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) wrote more than twenty-five acclaimed novels, short stories, and plays, including Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn, and The House on the Strand. She was also a passionate and skillful chronicler of her own remarkable, famously artistic family. Now, this is one of three of her fine novels that have been reissued in the distinguished Virago Modern Classics series.

"The iron of the bridge felt hot under my hand. The sun had been upon it all day. Gripping hard with my hands I lifted myself on to the bar and gazed down steadily on the water passing under... I thought of places I would never see, and women I should never love." In a moment of crisis, Richard is saved by a passing stranger—Jake. The two men, both at turning points, become fast friends and, out for adventure, jump aboard the first ship they see. Their journey takes them across Europe, cementing a passionate friendship. But it is in bohemian Paris that Richard finally meets the woman who enables him to fulfill his artistic promise. This, Daphne du Maurier's second novel, is a masterpiece of narration, showcasing for the first time in her career the male voice she would use to stunning effect in four subsequent novels, including My Cousin Rachel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bushra on February 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although described as a "sensitive portrait of a young man in love", Daphne du Mauriers "I'll never be young again" is much more than that. It is the unassuming mental journey of a young man, rescued from suicide, as he rediscovers joys and beauties of the world and regains a place amongst people and society.
Richard, leaving an unhappy childhood and a cold family behind him, moves on in life, trying to understand himself and what he wants from life. He makes journeys through Europe, treks through mountains and drinks in cafes in cities, until finally settling down with Hesta, a Parisian girl. Through his narrations and stories we go through his mind, understand people, psychology and social behaviour. The book is so beautifully and gently written that while the narrator himself doesnt make loud proclamations about whats going on around him, we feel at times we can understand more of whats happening than he can.
While it isn't as much as a story as a study in psychology, this book is definitely a must read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Hudson on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
"I'll Never Be Young Again" is Du Maurier's second novel, and as such shows both her strengths and weaknesses. One of the many things I love about her novels is her unparalleled ability to get into the heads of her characters. The protagonist here, Dick, is no exception. I didn't find him to be sympathetic character at all, especially in the second part of the novel (set in Paris)--but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book, because it is precisely Du Maurier's skill in forming her characters that made me dislike him so. And to think she was only about 23 or 24 when she wrote this book! (In part, I think her being the same age as Dick and possibly feeling and experiencing some of what he feels and experiences is largely what made his character so believable.) While "I'll Never..." doesn't have the suspense and narrative pull of some of her later books, most notably Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek and My Cousin Rachel, it is still a strong book by an excellent writer. For those new to Dame Du Maurier, I'd recommend starting with one of the books I previously mentioned, but for her fans, "I'll Never..." is a must-read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on July 2, 2009
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Richard is twenty-one, and feels his life has no meaning. He would like to become a writer, but he can't measure up to his father, a well-respected poet, and has no idea where to go from here. And so, just when he has given up on everything, Jake comes along. Jake is older, mysterious and philosophical. He lost his youth through some rather rough circumstances, and mourns the fact that he will never be young again. However, he is determined to live youth through Richard. And when they embark upon a journey through Europe, Richard goes through a journey of his own -- one of self-discovery. But during this journey, he will have to put up with the same things others had once had to put up with him.

Most early efforts are somewhat autobiographical. I have a feeling that this novel was very personal for Daphne du Maurier. As I read this book, I couldn't help but wonder if she, like Richard, had difficulty finding her own voice as a writer. I also wonder if she'd felt she didn't measure up to her grandfather, George du Maurier. I haven't read any of her autobiographies and memoirs, so I don't know. I'll Never Be Young Again is a coming-of-age story. It was also Du Maurier's second novel -- her first featuring her "male alter ego." The relationship between Richard and Jake is interesting, to say the least. And there are similarities between that relationship and Richard's later relationship with Hesta, only in reverse. (You'll see what I mean once you read this.) And if you read it and think that Richard is whiny and insufferable... you're not alone. As for the novel itself, while it lacks the wonderful writing of later works like Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Mary Anne and The House on the Strand, it is quite good nevertheless. It isn't great though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SerenaBlackCat on October 9, 2011
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This book was a little bit hard to get into because of the writing style. As many can agree, the main character is irritating most of the time. If he was supposed to be an admired and heroic character it would have made for bad writing, but to me it was clear that she was purposely portraying him in an unflattering light.

While he is on his adventures with his friend, he only appears to be naive and foolish, prone to flights of fancy, mood swings, and quick changes in philosophy (as one reviewer suggested, "bipolar"). This section of the book had a lot of long-winded descriptions that I skimmed past.

When he ends up in Paris and meets a girl, he goes from being a foolish youth to being a self-important, pretentious chauvinist. When he espouses ideas, it doesn't seem that any of them are originally or genuinely believed by him; it seems he just says a lot of psuedo-intellectual things to make himself feel brilliant. He falls in love with a girl, pressures her for sex and cohabitation when he wants it, and when he gets over his infatuation, he only thinks of her in terms of meeting his needs. There are several instances when he is directly hypocritical ("it's one thing for me to say or do such a thing, but for a woman, it's unacceptable") which are a bit over the top. It would have been more realistic either for him to not realize his hypocrisy or to come up with rationalizations for it.

During this time he is preoccupied with writing a book. Based on his lack of introspection and empathy for others, I didn't think he would be a good writer. Let's just say with both the book and the girl, he gets what he deserves.

Throughout all phases of the book, I lacked sympathy for him most of the time, because he was still a rich kid.
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Daphne du Maurier was born in 1906 and educated at home and in Paris. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. She was made a DBE in 1969 and died in 1989.

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