The Doll: The Lost Short Stories

The Doll The Lost Short Stories The lost stories of Daphne du Maurier collected in one volume for the first time Before she wrote Rebecca the novel that would cement her reputation as a twentieth century literary giant a young Da

  • Title: The Doll: The Lost Short Stories
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780062080349
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • The lost stories of Daphne du Maurier, collected in one volume for the first time.Before she wrote Rebecca, the novel that would cement her reputation as a twentieth century literary giant, a young Daphne du Maurier penned short fiction in which she explored the images, themes, and concerns that informed her later work Originally published in periodicals during the earlyThe lost stories of Daphne du Maurier, collected in one volume for the first time.Before she wrote Rebecca, the novel that would cement her reputation as a twentieth century literary giant, a young Daphne du Maurier penned short fiction in which she explored the images, themes, and concerns that informed her later work Originally published in periodicals during the early 1930s, many of these stories never found their way into print again until now.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.

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    1. The Doll is a very creepy story, way ahead of its time. It is a very dark tale about a woman's total obsession with a mechanical male sex doll. She drives her lover mad with jealousy with the intensity of her passion for the doll and consequent indifference to him. The story is short, very sexy, gothically dark, and still cutting-edge although it was written in 1928. The other stories - blah. Hitchcock loved du Maurier - three of her works were the basis of films he made - Jamaica Inn, Rebecca a [...]

    2. This collection of some of Daphne du Maurier's earliest writing was very absorbing. I am quite glad I have had the opportunity to discover stories she conceived in the beginning stages of her very accomplished career. In these thirteen short stories du Maurier demonstrates her skill at depicting the very subtle nuances of human behavior and thinking. The overall tone is quite somber. She explores jealousy, egocentricity, obsession, manipulation, degeneracy, fear and foreboding, and disappointmen [...]

    3. HERE'S ANOTHER GR GIVEAWAY I WON'T WIN - YIPEE!!!!Here's why:I have too many GR friends and books. I mean, who needs a review or friends to read it? Much better to let a book like this languish in the never-never land of 0-books-0-friends world. Much better that a giveaway junkie who really just wants a freebie will win this instead of a 3 year member who takes the time to read and review books.It's not as though I'm a du Maurier fan or anything. Nah, not me. Nope. Nuh-uh.I think I've been black [...]

    4. This collection of thirteen 'lost' stories by Daphne du Maurier has been sitting neglected in my bookcase for a few years now. Since 2018 is supposed to be my year to tidy up all such things, I thought it was about time to read it.I have read nearly every title by this author, and have most of them up in Arizona in Mom's house. So when I heard about this one, of course I had to order it. But it has been many years since I read her work, and perhaps my tastes have changed, or else these earlier p [...]

    5. The Doll is a compliation of 'lost' short stories by Daphne du Maurier, most written early in her career and either published or discovered much later. It's safe to say this is a mixed bag, and not a book I would recommend to readers who aren't already familiar with du Maurier's stories. While I enjoyed the majority of the tales in this collection, they are very different to those I have found in other collections by the author: many of them are about relationships, and the tone of most is more [...]

    6. Loved it. She was morbid and weird and crazy, at least in her writing. I've recently read a book about her, her father and James Barrie, author of Peter Pan. It's a wonder she got to age 23 with her brain intact.I look forward to 2039, and hope I am still around, to read her adolescent diaries, which she forbid to be published until that date.Still, even if I knew nothing of her background, these stories would be great. 'The Doll' itself is one of the weirdest things I've ever read, but knowing [...]

    7. I don't know what happened this time. The first time through I could not get through this collection. My mind was wandering, I couldn't even get through the sentences. I just took it off my reading shelf and ignored it for more than a year. This time though, I flew this collection. Daphne du Maurier is able to tap into the deepest/darkest parts of people and is able to wrap it up in just a few pages. I thought all of these stories were great.East Wind (4.5 stars)-This story is just giving you a [...]

    8. Original review posted hereI don’t know which short story to gush about in this review. From the creepy, ick factor of the book’s title story, The Doll, to the heartbreaking loss experienced in East Wind, to the funny, but bittersweet tale of Frustration… I could go on and on.I think one story though really got to me. I loved them all for their tragic, gothic-like settings, stories and people but there is one story that is all letters that move from the thrilling moments of a new, forbidde [...]

    9. Some things should stay lost! While these stories show the seeds of DuMaurier’s way with atmosphere and menace, they are obvious and one-notedly meanspirited in a way that her best work would never dream of being. The narrator had a somewhat sharp grating voice that added to the general feeling that these very short stories were somehow too long.

    10. This is my firs encounter with Du Maurier and I must say it will not be my last. Like any volume of short fiction, the stories are of varying quality, but they are all extremely well-crafted and written. Not all of them hit the mark for me in the emotions evoked (a couple seem shallow), but Du Maurier captures the dark comedy and light tragedy of life in scintillating fashion."The Doll" is the centerpiece and masterpiece of this collection of early Du Maurier short stories. It is melancholic and [...]

    11. I adore a well written short story more than I do the same writing in novel form. The skill needed to tell a finely honed story in such a small amount of space, when down well, never fails to impress me. This collection of thirteen stories blew me away, every single one of them made me laugh, shudder, and stare in amazement once I was done.I don't know what to type next or even what to say if someone were to ask me about this one. I think I would just stand there, tongue-tied, unable to fully ex [...]

    12. Not as multi-textured as her later stories, but stilldamn impressive. And not a happy ending among them ;-)Lovers who are misaligned, married couples uneven in their love for one another, mother-daughter pairs where the daughter dotes, the mother competes There is humor here too, but not as much as in the later works. If there is a fault it is that you can often tell to what ending the story is headed, which is not so much true of her later work. Still, the journey there is not to be missed. And [...]

    13. The Doll is a collection of du Maurier's early short stories. The introduction (by someone I'm not otherwise aware of) seems to suggest that the main interest here is in the beginnings of themes that later haunted her work, and the glimpses of the things that haunted her personally. I'm not that interested in that, though, but I still found the stories well-crafted and interesting. Daphne du Maurier certainly had a way with her narration; 'The Limpet' made me smile in recognitionNot as fine as h [...]

    14. Dark, atmospheric, in some ways even amusing, without unnecessary/forced shock elements, this stories exposing human behavior and thinking in relation to the other people. Thirteen short stories, some are excellent, some slightly awkward, but I like them all, mainly due to the excellent dynamic tension between the characters, and I can easily qualify this collection among my favorite books I've read this year.

    15. Daphne Du Maurier brings both her skill for writing atmospheric and brooding stories, and her undoubted understanding of human nature, to this excellent anthology.Some of these stories were better than others, but the writing was consistently good, with some of the pieces containing powerful messages about the society she found herself living in.There were some memorable characters, such a clergyman, who is such an odious hypocritet really a man of god at all, but a man full of vanity and his ow [...]

    16. Daphne du Maurier is one of my patron saints, one of the handful of writers who indelibly shaped me and my tastes in literature, so I expected I'd love this collection of 'lost' short stories. I wasn't disappointed: the pieces here are wry and a little dark and deliciously British. These stories span her career, from her start to her post-Rebecca and post-The Birds days, and it's really exciting to see her entire career captured here. While du Maurier is known for her deliciously Gothic novels, [...]

    17. I'm not typically a fan of short story collections, however I really enjoyed this collection. Daphne du Maurier is an outstanding author and she really understands the nuances of human nature. This is exhibited time and again in this short story collection. Most of these were written early on in Daphne du Maurier's career, with one being written later on. I seemed to get the impression that she prefers certain names for her characters or no name at all. I believe she went on to explore some of t [...]

    18. I wonder if, as readers who know du Maurier's later works, we are a bit harsh in our judgment of this collection of stories. After all, du Maurier wrote all but one of the stories in this collection between the ages of 18 and 23. Additionally, they were published singley in magazines and not intended to be compiled nor to be read in succession.But read in succession I did. I devoured them. For her young age, she showed remarkable insight into the behaviors, attitudes and thoughts that may lead t [...]

    19. Alright I am going to do this story by story. This is always harder I can’t give much of a blurb for a short story without giving anything away and her writing has always defied description for me. I can remember reading Rebecca in school and realizing afterwards that piece of information you never receive, but you also don’t realize it is missing. Rebecca is one of the few books from school that I really want to reread.“East Wind”An idyllic island village cut off from the world and livi [...]

    20. THE DOLL: The Lost Short Stories. (various, 1926-1932). Daphne du Maurier. ****. This is a great collection of previously uncollected short stories by this author. They are called “lost” because they had been published in relatively obscure magazines at the time, and became unavailable to anthologists. Ms. du Maurier must have inherited genes that promoted writing skill, since these early stories were truly exceptional for one new to the craft. They all deal, in one way or another, with the [...]

    21. More like a 3.5/5 stars.One thing I really love about Daphne Du Maurier is her writing. It is kind of dark, Gothic, and very visual. The only other work of Du Maurier's I have read is her most famous work Rebecca, and it is one of my all-time favorite classics and novels. This short story collection, while extremely well-written, to me, felt different than Rebeccca. While there were a few short stories I enjoyed, and some shocking in their subject matter, there were others I felt were just okay. [...]

    22. Lovely set of short stories by Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca and the short story The Birds is based on. Some of them are sinister, some a little sad, all have a tinge of darkness to them. I wouldn't classify them as horror or even really suspense, but the darkness is more of an atmosphere like the fog you get on a winter's morning.Very enjoyable set. I highly recommend it.

    23. 3.5 As always Du Maurier's writing is extremely atmospheric. Some of these stories are ironic, some are very dark and some such as "The Doll' are very chilling. Definitely could have given Stephen King a run for his money had they been writing and publishing during the same time period.

    24. The Doll is a surreal story of obsessive passion originally published in a magazine in 1937 and republished in The Guardian in 2011 (here).I read it as a short fitcion selection for the Literary Darkness group. The discussion can be found at the link below. Discussion: The Doll, by Daphne du Maurier.

    25. Прикольные рассказики. В основном, про шлюх, что радует. Есть совсем хорошие.

    26. This is a chilling collection of tales that embraces the subtle Gothic style that is prevelant through Maurier's later works (granted I've only read the one but still) as we are introduced to various characters and events that find themselves in the grip of jealousy and obsession, love and lust and hatred and revenge. Each story is capativating in its own right showing the best and worst of human feeling and determination with others showing the depths and changability of feeling and emotion ove [...]

    27. Here is an early showcase of Du Mauriers' literary prowess and her interest for certain themes that she would develop later into full length novels. In this little medley of tales one can spot a prototype of ‘Manderley’ house as well as recurrences of the blood-red azaleas that have become synonymous with it (the haunted setting of her most acclaimed novel ‘Rebecca’). Overall, the stories centre on the varying degrees of sexual degeneration and the disintegration of relationships. These [...]

    28. This is a collection of some of Daphne du Maurier's earliest works. While it's a bit uneven, as you'd expect, all of the stories are solid, and some are truly excellent.The standout stories, in my opinion, are the following:"East Wind" reads a bit like Du Maurier is channeling H.P. Lovecraft. It's a haunting, harrowing sketch. Just lovely. "And Now to God the Father" is a brilliantly dark and cynical look at the vain and self-satisfied worldly ambition of a vicar who serves man instead of God. T [...]

    29. BBC BLURBS 1 - In East Wind the lives of a young couple are altered irrevocably when a group of beguiling strangers are shipwrecked off the shores of the Scilly Isles. Excitingly, East Wind is one of several recently rediscovered stories by Daphne du Maurier, and published in her new anthology, The Doll: Short Stories. East Wind was written when she was just nineteen, until now it has only ever been published in the United States and was found in her 1926 notebooks in the archives at Exeter Univ [...]

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