October 28, 2007

Don't Look Now and Other Stories: Review

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I finally finished this book of short stories by Daphne DuMaurier for the RIP 2 Challenge. She's become one of my favorite authors since starting the challenge.

The short stories are actually fairly long, most being 20 pages or so. As I read each story over the last few weeks, I reviewed each in their own post. You can find them here:

Don't Look Now
A Borderline Case
The Breakthrough
The Way of the Cross

The final one for me is Not After Midnight. In this story, a teacher at a boys' school leaves his job because of an 'ailment' that haunts him. He developed this disease after a trip to Crete to indulge in his only hobby: painting. After he's disappointed by the view from the chalet he's renting, he convinces the staff to open a vacant chalet far from the main building- one in which a man who recently drowned was staying. He witnesses the unusual comings and goings of an apparent drunk and his deaf wife. By the end of the story, the bizarre couple, the island's mythology and the dead man all come together in the most confusing conclusion of the collection. I only have a vague idea of the teacher's disease and was left scratching my head over this one. It had great potential but fell short of what I thought it should be.

Overall, the stories were hit and miss. The cast of characters were ordinary people with various annoying personalities, like real people. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. DuMaurier is a great story teller and this one is worth reading. You're sure to find at least one gem here.

4/5

Also Reviewed by: Puss Reboots

6 comments :

  1. I'm surprised no one (that I know of) chose Rebecca for the RIP II Challenge. Because there was little more imbibing peril than in that spectacular novel! I liked it far better than any others of hers, except I do remember The Scapegoat. Thanks for sharing these stories!

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  2. Bellezza- I didn't pick Rebecca because I've read it at least twice already! I love that story.

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  3. I just finished "The Birds" and loved it, better than the movie.

    And Anne of the Island was always my favorite of the series.

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  4. She's on my TBR list, and congrats, by the way! I'm jealous, but in the good sense. :)

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  5. So far, I've only read Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel by du Maurier. But I loved them both!! I didn't even know she had a short story collection until you read them. See...you can learn something from blogging!! I will defintely have to pick this one up!

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  6. That's probably like a lot of short story collections (re: hits and misses). Hopefully there's more hits.

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