The Lost Short Stories

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The Doll

The Doll

The Lost Short Stories

Audio Library Digital

11/22/2011

338 minutes

9781611203035

Playaway

11/22/2011

338 minutes

9781611203042

Playaway

11/22/2011

338 minutes

9781974950966

Description:

Before she wrote Rebecca, a young Daphne du Maurier penned short fiction in which she explored the images, themes, and concerns that informed her later work. Tales of human frailty and obsession, and of romance gone tragically awry, the thirteen stories in The Doll showcase an exciting budding talent before she went on to write one of the most beloved novels of all time. In these pages, a waterlogged notebook washes ashore revealing a dark story of jealousy and obsession, a vicar coaches a young couple divided by class issues, and an older man falls perilously in love with a much younger woman - with each tale demonstrating du Maurier's extraordinary storytelling gifts and her deep understanding of human nature.

Quotes:

[The stories] are occasionally quite startling in their insight and their ability to unsettle., The Observer

...daring and unsettling...Du Maurier employs well the assured balancing of uncanny possibilities, the clever manipulation of unconscious fears and desires, and the bitterly wry sense of absurdity that were to characterise her finest fiction., The Independent

...vividly portrays with humor, candidness, and detail du Maurier's fascination with the problems of human connection, particularly when it comes to love... these stories, written before she was 23, foreshadow the themes and preoccupations of the work that would bring her literary fame., Publishers Weekly

...meticulously crafted...effective and gripping...Old-fashioned fun., Kirkus

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