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Don't Look Now: Selected Stories of Daphne du Maurier (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – October 28, 2008
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"That whooshing sound you hear is your mind being sucked into the brilliant black depths of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic imagination, the instant you begin reading the eponymous first story in Don't Look Now. ... Novelist Patrick McGrath's introduction reacquaints us with the intense, eccentric, psychologically deft du Maurier, a master storyteller with a touch as smooth as a raven's wing." --O, the Oprah Magazine
"This author was unique in how she set people's attempts to be civilized and fair against the ravages of nature and the deceptions of intimacy--both of which can attack from within as well as without." --Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO Weekly)
"This new collection of her macabre tales, which features many unavailable for years, is an ideal treat for Halloween." --Thicket
Du Maurier "was indeed a serious writer, a brilliant innovative practitioner of her craft, as these stories consistently demonstrate...Readers of these wonderful stories will go to places and feelings they never dreamed of - all because Daphne du Maurier possessed such an amazing imagination and such a capacity to make it all seem credible in her sturdy prose." --Washington Times
"'Don't Look Now' has remarkable sexual tension and is reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith in some ways, while 'The Blue Lenses' has a central idea that's one of the most original and scary you'll ever come across. She's a writer we think we know but don't really -- hugely underrated." --Los Angeles Times
"Don't Look Now is a stunning collection of du Maurier's particular brand of intricately plotted story. The mesmerizing title story was faithfully adapted by Nicholas Roeg, and the volume also includes the creepily riveting tale "The Birds,"... filmed by Alfred Hitchcock." --The Atlantic
“Daphne du Maurier's genius lay in her plots, which she spun with astounding originality and ease. Her novel Rebecca, her short stories ‘The Birds,’ ‘Don't Look Now,’ ‘The Blue Lenses’ and dozens more have an effectiveness that make them seem almost traditional, belonging not to any one author but to the imagination of the world.”–Albert Manguel
"Her tales of the macabre are among the best of their genre." –Michael Dirda
“Daphne du Maurier’s writing deserves a fresh look. She has long enjoyed national and international fame…and remains one of Britain’s most popular novelists, her books translated into many languages and read all over the world. The renowned film version of her stories…have brought her a global reputation, which is continually enhanced by television, radio and theatre adaptations. However, her status as a household name has sometimes led to patronizing commentary, the tag of ‘romantic novelist’ repeated relentlessly…This is no writer of idealistic and optimistic romance; from her earliest years, with acute observation and irony, Daphne du Maurier plumbed the depths of human betrayal, exploitation and despair, while at the same time evoking life’s unpredictable moments of intense pleasure and desire, often with a wry wit.” –Helen Taylor
“A crackerjack raconteuse…she takes the reader by the icy hand and leads him behind the curtain to view the characters on their ways to their own breaking points.” –The Saturday Review
“When the sky turns to slate and a bitter wind lashes the deserted Piazza San Marco, I long to sink into a corner of the Caffe Florian with 'Don't Look Now' and lose myself in Daphne du Maurier's bleak views of the city as a maze of sinister alleys and shuttered houses and bridges that lead nowhere.” –Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“Du Maurier emerges as a unique and complex writer whose mature works proved so disturbing that they've either been ignored or distorted beyond recognition…she's a complex, powerful, unique writer, so unorthodox that no critical tradition, from formalism to feminism, can digest her.” –Carol LeMasters, Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review
“Du Maurier served up more sinister fare than the Brontës…” –The New York Times Book Review
“Du Maurier has no equal” –Daily Telegraph (London)
About the Author
PATRICK MCGRATH is the author of two story collections and seven novels, including Port Mungo, Dr. Haggard’s Disease, Spider, (which he also adapted for the screen), and most recently, Trauma. Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution won Italy’s Premio Flaiano Prize, and his 1996 novel, Asylum, was short-listed for both the Whitbread and the Guardianfiction prizes. McGrath is the co-editor of a collection of short fiction, The New Gothic. He lives in New York.
Top Customer Reviews
So, if you loved Rebecca, adored My Cousin Rachel or The House on the Strand, and you're a fan of short fiction, then you will love Don't Look Now. Daphne du Maurier proved that she was much, much more than a commercial bestseller. She was, without a doubt, a gifted writer and a force to be reckoned with.
Another example is the short story "Kiss Me Again, Stranger," where a young English bloke has fallen in love after meeting an usherette at the theater.Read more ›
The story of "The Birds" is much better than the movie. My other favorites are "Blue Lenses' and "Split Second", both real page turners.
WARNING: Read the introduction after you've read the stories, Patrick McGrath gives away key plot points (why, Patrick, WHY?). I was NOT happy about that.
Still, a great book... and great cover, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Daphne Dumaurier writes exquisite stories. I am surprised constantly by her imagination and descriptive wordsPublished 26 days ago by Linda Mulpagano
If you like DuMaurier's "Rebecca" or her other novels, you'll LOVE these short stories even more. Each one is a perfectly crafted, suspenseful gem. Read morePublished 1 month ago by brontefan
Just finished reading a great short story collection: Daphne Du Maurier's "Don't Look Now." This British writer is best known for her romantic gothic novels such as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott M.
Daphne DuMaurier's classic "Don't Look Now" is as much of a gem as when it was first published half a century ago. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Catherine S. Vodrey
I had never read any of Daphne Du Maurier's short stories. They are great! I really enjoyed every story in this book. Wish they had more of her short stories.Published 9 months ago by S. Williams
I havent read it all yet, but I love this author, and I know I will enjoy them all.Published 14 months ago by sewsherry