The Birds

The Birds By Daphne du Maurier, The Birds Penguin Readers Level The idea for this famous story came to du Maurier one day when she was walking across to Menabilly Barton farm from the house She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field whilst a
  • Title: The Birds
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9781857997491
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Birds By Daphne du Maurier, Penguin Readers Level 2 The idea for this famous story came to du Maurier one day when she was walking across to Menabilly Barton farm from the house She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field whilst above him the seagulls were diving and wheeling She developed an idea about the birds becoming hostile and attacking him In her story, the birds become hostile after a hars Penguin Readers Level 2 The idea for this famous story came to du Maurier one day when she was walking across to Menabilly Barton farm from the house She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field whilst above him the seagulls were diving and wheeling She developed an idea about the birds becoming hostile and attacking him In her story, the birds become hostile after a harsh winter with little food first the seagulls, then birds of prey, and finally even small birds all turn against mankind The nightmarish vision appealed to Hitchcock who turned it into the celebrated film.
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    1. Daphne du Maurier

      If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have created magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England, Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald a Portrait , a biography of her father The du Mauriers , a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers , a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains , an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful and romantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love or fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius , Rebecca and The Parasites , is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca , on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.

    418 thoughts on “The Birds”

    1. Birds about to cook up something.I absolutely loved reading Daphne du Maurier s The Birds and finished it in one sitting Actually, it is a short story but is really not that short either.Birds lead their attack.Even though the cover of the book shown here has a shot from Alfred Hitchcock s film which goes by the same name, the director changed most of the book The book keeps you guessing as to the outcome of the story, while Mr Hitchcock has the family leaving their sea town towards the end of t [...]


    2. While I liked Hitchcock s movie The Birds , and admittedly it is a classic in film history, to me somehow, it doesn t quite equal Daphne du Maurier s original tale They are very different, almost unrecognizable, and the novel delivers it s horror much subtlety than the film, but just as effectively There are other noticeable differences also, the setting most obvious The novel is set in Cornwall England on the seashore The movie, for reasons of convenience, is set in Bodega Bay, California The [...]


    3. Very atmospheric horror story about birds attacking humans in England They come in like the planes in formation during the Blitz Nat, a resourceful veteran, tries to protect his family I shouldn t have read it right before bedtime


    4. Ist es der Temperatursturz oder der Wechsel der Windrichtung Eine Erkl rung daf r, dass sich unterschiedlichste Vogelarten, angefangen von den niedlichen Singv geln bis hin zum Seeraben, pl tzlich gegen den Menschen zusammenschlie en und durch ihre zahlenm ssige berlegenheit selbst eine Metropole wie London im Sturm nehmen, gibt es nicht hier ein hinterh ltig b sartiger Seerabe Nat Hocken ist einer der ersten, der die Gefahr erkennt und verschanzt sich mit seiner Frau und seinen beiden Kindern i [...]


    5. I have loved the movie since I was a kid I have wanted to read it for awhile now I listened to the Audible version, which is new to me, and I loved it I wasn t feeling well, and having someone read to me, was so cool I could get used to that The book is very different than the Alfred Hitchcock movie, but that didn t bother me at all I was truly scared and worried for these people The story really did unsettle me Even though, I knew what the premise was and there were no surprises, DuMaurier real [...]


    6. If all you know about The Birds is the Hitchcock movie, I suggest your go ahead and read the book The only thing the movie and the book have in common is that Birds go homicidal and attack humans As different as the movie and book are, there both great stories.


    7. I loved the Alfred Hitchcock film taken from this book and that was probably what drew me to reading this novel but although the story is similar the book is a completely different experience Written in the classic style that du Maurier uses so well the book is thought provoking and although different from the film it is still packed with suspense Another classic read from this master of suspense.


    8. La idea deThe Birdses aterradora Sencilla, pero aterradora al fin Me hubiera gustado un poco m s de desarrollo y no tanta rutina de supervivencia que puede tener un motivo para que el miedo que transmite se volviera m s palpable, m s presente Lamento que no me haya gustado del todo.Nat Hocken es un hombre que, debido a una incapacidad que le dej la guerra, trabaja haciendo algunas tareas de granjero Su gran capacidad de observaci n le advierte que algo extra o est pasando con los p jaros No se c [...]


    9. A very creepy and claustrophobic novel.I really liked all the WWII references I have to wonder, how much of England is left alive How many could have survived Managed to take refuge in their former bomb shelters, or had a well built closet they could hide in Could the London subway system which was a vital shelter during the blitz be nearly as secure against an enemy like the birds as it was against German bombs And I also have to wonder about all the references to Communism Cold war terrors cer [...]



    10. Daphne du Maurier is never a disappointment and this short story was no exception Always atmospheric in her writing and gripping to the end.


    11. Captivating from the start, this was a thrilling read Though short and predictable, du Maurier is able to keep the suspense real and evident throughout the story.


    12. A lot terrifying than the film.The various species of birds, so different in size, behaviour and place on the food chain, consolidate in a mass homogenous threat, like a natural calamity the humans are helpless to stop or hide from like a faceless, indifferent force driven by an unknown but relentless impulse to destroy Attacking as a single unit, they re invulnerable to violence and undeterred by reinforcements It s not your generic smart beast story where animals suddenly gain reasoning power [...]


    13. I m a little behind on my reading goal for this year, 4 books and so I was counting on Audible to help me out with some short horror that I could listen to and multitask and feel productive I found this, which comes bundled with Don t Look Now , on sale, so I snagged it So what if they are technically novellas Counts as a book in my book Anyway, so I listened to it last night, and there were things I liked, and things I wanted of, like story resolution I ve only read one other du Maurier story, [...]


    14. September 2017I read this book in 6th grade, along with Poe s The Tell Tale Heart, and Hawthorne s Rappaccini s Daughter All were made for the horror loving tween I guess I am trying to relive my youth, bibliographicly so to speak At 10 year old, I loved to starkness of the story A bleak outcropping with a house jutting over the sea The 43 year old me loves the same The movie The Birds is loosely based on this story And by loosely based I mean they both have birds, and the birds attack people, b [...]


    15. A brilliant novella and much better than the movie which transforms the horrors British families have lived through during WWII into an atmospheric horror story about birds amassing and starting to attack people The sense of loss of control over their lives and their inability to protect their families as they would wish turn the characters in this story into tragic figures that are at the mercy of unknown powers which can snuff their lives out on a whim, with no explanation given There is a dee [...]



    16. WOW What a short story I haven t watched Alfred Hitchcock s film adaptation of this book and I only vaguely glanced over the book summary But when I started reading this story today I was instantly hooked I had to take breaks in between And boy, did that only add to the suspense of the story The Birds is a short, apocalyptic type of story Nat and his family live on the British coastline when one night a variety of birds attack the children s bedroom The next day, Nat inquires with his neighbors, [...]


    17. I read this awhile ago and I have to say this book still resonates with me I m not one for horror books as this is classified, but I did like this a lot It creeped me out so than the movie did.


    18. BBC audio dramatization.Less than 1 hr in duration.Production values 5 sStory 2 sI couldn t stand Sue, the wife the child Maggie had too much dialogue for my taste I don t like much to do with children in books I read unless I am in fact reading a children s book.


    19. Con Los p jaros debuto con Daphne du Maurier Y qu decir Simplemente es un relato maravilloso, de esos que se leen en una sola sentada Am Y con respecto a Hitchcook, insisto sus adaptaciones son bastante pobres Le sigo agradeciendo el acercarme a autores y ficciones alucinantes.


    20. ok, I m not sure I listened to the whole thing I downloaded it from my library and it said part 1 but I couldn t find any other parts what I did hear I liked very much there is so much going on in the story that is only hinted at and I liked that I m looking forward to reading by this author.


    21. So, my oldest casually tells me he has about a page left in his homework assignment he is reading The Birds by Daphne du Maurier I tell him to hand over his book so I can finally read this short story by my favorite author of suspense And that s how I spent the last hour Thank you to his English teacher, for exposing these students to what truly great story writing looks like.



    22. I knew Alfred Hitchcock s The Birds is based on this butWhoa, I didn t expect the story to get creepily apprehensive and foreboding at some point, then adrenaline inducing at some other point It did so and I like it I enjoyed this reading than I expected.


    23. F ria da natureza Conto simples e curto escrito por Daphne du Maurier cujo impacto, todavia, imenso Abordando a hist ria de uma cidade que alvo de um ataque furioso de p ssaros, a autora nos faz refletir, no contexto atual, sobre a altera o ambiental ap s a interven o descomedida do homem, embora eu n o saiba se esse era o escopo de du Maurier poca De qualquer forma, o conto parece um press gio sobre os atuais eventos de f ria da natureza mudan a da frequ ncia das chuvas, alto ndice de inc ndios [...]


    24. So different from the Hitchcock film It is dark, sinister, claustrophobic and terrifying The farmer is clever and a survivor but unlikely to save his family against nature s power in the birds.No beautiful heroes just a farming family trying to survive It is so well written that we feel we are living with the family the poor father trying to protect his family from the birds and the truth of the mayhem they have created At the end the farmer is smoking his rainy day cigarette and we are left to [...]


    25. I hear Daphne du Maurier hated Alfred Hitchcock s adaptation of this story, and he does take many liberties with the plot and setting of the story Even while I was reading this novellette, though, I was convinced that in doing so Hitchcock amplified the horror in his unnerving and utterly brilliant cinematic film in ways that du Maurier just couldn t capture Yet as I neared the end of this story, I realized that du Maurier had created an almost claustrophobic tone that, in its own way, left me s [...]


    26. In a seaside village one night, farm worker Nat who s been seeing small birds flying about in well coordinated and immense flocks all day is attacked by a flock that breaks through into his home Scratched and pecked, Nat realizes that this is just the start, the start of something horrifyingly inexplicable Something that can bring mankind to its knees, even if Nat and his wife keep reassuring themselves and their two little children that the government is doing something to ward off the birds Da [...]


    27. The novella that inspired Hitchcock s hit was set in the post World War II English countryside and has of a cold war paranoia feel and less sexual undertones Though the female lead, in this case wife rather than mysterious leggy Hitchcock trademark blonde, is still an outsider in the community we don t get the feeling that she is somehow to blame for the mayhem The vibe is similar to the apocalyptic stories where previously polite neighbors will cheerfully murder one another for that last seat [...]


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