Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier

The Doll: The Lost Short Stories
Daphne du Maurier
4/5 stars

This set of short stories are early works by the master story writer, Daphne du Maurier.  They are by turns grotesque, funny, sad, eerie.  Her grasp of human nature is apparent even in these stories.  They are not, by any means, equal to her more mature short stories and novels.  However, one can see du Maurier's potential and begin to see signs of her signature style.

I wouldn't recommend this collection to a reader new to du Maurier.  I would instead recommend beginning with her most famous novel, Rebecca, or the story collection Don't Look Now.  Longtime fans of du Maurier, though, will enjoy seeing her early talent and noticing the strains of works to come.

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