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The Birds and Other Stories (VMC) Paperback – July 12, 2003
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The language is beautiful but compact, concise. Fast paced. No extra burden for the eyes.
THE BIRDS, the inspiration of Hitchcock's movie version. Although it is different between the book and movie, the dread they caused
is almost the same with their own focus. In the movie, you'll get the visualization of the dread while through book the description of the attack was violent enough that you couldn't see no end.
MONTE VERITA. It's like reading supernatural story about Maya people at first which was followed by friendship between 2 people, their meeting with a very beautiful enigmatic woman until the strange happening in Monte Verita. In the end, it was still the supernatural one but behind it, there was a horror value in it that makes you see what Monte Verita really was.
APPLE TREE. This is my fav story of this book. A creepy tale of a wife that haunted her husband after her death.
What you thought will not be the same with what you would along the way. A very good material for Outer Limit program.
LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHER. Like watching an Agatha Christie's mytery movie but leave the detective part. This is a story of unintentional villain with heart that was numbed because of life.
KISS ME AGAN STRANGER. Hohoho, this one has a horror surprise!! I wouldn't give any detail what kind of surprise less it would spoil the fun.
OLD MAN. This is my second fav because what I thought when this story began is dashed beautifully at the end ;)
The title story is where Hitchcock got the theme and title for the film, and little else. The Birds takes place on an English farm, and is a great tale of isolation and terror. The Old Man is marvellous, with a terrific twist that makes me envy those who are to read it for the first time. Kiss Me Again, Stranger gave me nightmares, even though the horror is only implied. There's not a weak story in the bunch, and this is definitely du Maurier's strongest collection of short fiction.
The story evolves around a farmer and his family in an isolated part of England. The birds gather and attack in more and more numbers as the story progresses, and the tale details the fear the family feels and the lengths they must go to to save their own lives. It is a marvellously crafted story, and one of the greatest realistic horror tale you will ever read. You will never look at birds which flock close to you in the same way again.
Birds of all species attack during the night. During the day they sit silently and vindictively on their perches. Nat, the farmer, boards over his windows and doors but during the nights there are the terrifying sounds of birds pecking at the weak spots. Even more frighteningly, he hears the ripping sounds as vicious birds of prey tear into his house.
The radio is no help. At first the announcer warns his listeners to beware of attacking birds--then there is total silence. Maybe America will help? But Nat knows that is a hopeless wish. The human race is dying all over the face of the earth.
Hitchcock based his screenplay on this story and he would have been wise to have followed it more closely. Maybe/probably he wanted a positive ending and his hero and heroine escaped out of their bird-ridden area to some bird free area not too far away. Not nearly as ominous.
Ron Braithwaite author "Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God"
Another, "The Little Photographer." Dangerous fun. A beautiful & bored wife whose marriage, after 2 tots, lacks passion, indulges in a squash w a disabled younger man who takes the "romance" seriously. When he threatens to tell All to her husby, what's the poor darling to do? Murder ! She'll forever be haunted x the Lost Moment.
Why do dimwit editors always include DdMs worst story, "Monte Verita" ?
A married woman cannot resist the "call" of a mysterious cult where women are promised agelessness. She vanishes into a mountain. What happens there ? I have no idea but all the dames soon have short boyish hair cuts. Hey, James Hilton, I am reminded of your Tibetan paradise, which I hated, in the Valley of the Blue Moon. This DdM is d'Embarrassment.
Jealousy, revenge, hidden desires dominate the startling and, at times, horrific DdM stories that carry the chilled helplessness of life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Birds is brilliant. I’ve seen Hitchcock’s movie and was surprised by how different the story is from the movie. The story is much more sinister and chilled me to the bone. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pamela Scott
love the movie THE BIRDS but read the book after the movie......which i try not to do..and found out the endind is TOTALLY different!!!Published 14 months ago by Carol L. Padovani
(2) classic short stories, suspenseful and spooky. Audio narration is excellent.Published 15 months ago by Ruth Bain
Book was incredible! I got it mainly for 'The Birds' because we read it for our October, book club selection, but each story was just as wonderful.Published 20 months ago by M. B Dunnings
I got this for my son for school. He needed to do an essay. It was very hard to find The Birds. This was a good price and came very fast.Published 23 months ago by jane trixie
Daphne Du Maurier was a gifted, talented, creative master of the story. This author takes the craft of writing to a whole different level. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Cecilia K Kaelin
I can remember pulling Daphne du Maurier's The Birds and Other Stories off my mother's bookshelf when I was only about 9-years-of-age. Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by Chris Gregory
If proof were needed that Daphne du Maurier knew how to tell a chilling tale, then the fact that Hitchcock chose to make three of her stories into films surely provides it. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by FictionFan