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Daphne It is The author Daphne du Maurier beautiful and famous despairs as her marriage falls apart Restlessly roaming through Menabilly her remote mansion by the sea in Cornwall she is haunted by r

  • Title: Daphne
  • Author: Justine Picardie
  • ISBN: 9781596913417
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Daphne By Justine Picardie, It is 1957 The author Daphne du Maurier, beautiful and famous, despairs as her marriage falls apart Restlessly roaming through Menabilly, her remote mansion by the sea in Cornwall, she is haunted by regret and by her creations especially Rebecca, from her most famous novel Seeking distraction from her misery, Daphne becomes passionately interested in Branwell, the reproIt is 1957 The author Daphne du Maurier, beautiful and famous, despairs as her marriage falls apart Restlessly roaming through Menabilly, her remote mansion by the sea in Cornwall, she is haunted by regret and by her creations especially Rebecca, from her most famous novel Seeking distraction from her misery, Daphne becomes passionately interested in Branwell, the reprobate brother of the Bront sisters, and begins a correspondence with the enigmatic scholar Alex Symington as she researches a biography But behind Symington s respectable surface is a slippery character with much to hide, and soon truth and fiction have become indistinguishable.In present day London, a lonely young woman, newly married after a fleeting courtship with a man considerably older than her, struggles with her Ph.D thesis on du Maurier and the Bront s Her husband, still seemingly in thrall to his brilliant, charismatic first wife, is frequently distant and mysterious, and she can t find a way to make the large, imposing house in Hampstead feel like her own Retreating instead into the comfort of her library, she becomes absorbed in a fifty year old literary mystery The last untold Bront story, Daphne is a tale of obsession and possession, of stolen manuscripts and forged signatures, of love lost and love found a tantalizing literary mystery that takes its reader into the heart of Daphne du Maurier s world.

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    1. A beautifully written book that weaves the thoughts and actions of three distinct characters into one cohesive tale of the search for meaning, acceptance and understanding.The book follows the life of the writer Daphne duMaurier and the historian librarian Alex Symington from 1957 1960, as well as the life of an unnamed female student doing research for her doctorate in the present day Each chapter focuses on one of these characters, and is told through their voice or via letters.In each case, t [...]

    2. Since Daphne duMaurier is one of my favorite writers, I was very excited to get my hands on this novel about her The plot tells three connected stories Daphne s as she researches the life of the alcoholic, doomed Branwell Bronte A.J Symington, a Branwell esque librarian who fell into disgrace after stealing several manuscripts from the Bronte Parsonage and Musueum and a modern day scholar whose marriage to an older man is threatened by the lingering presence of his ex wife, Rachel, as the schola [...]

    3. Who doesn t love a juicy literary mystery What happened to that poem Who slept with whom And really, why does she write about incest Is it a ghost And what s with him It s no surprise that many books have been written about any literary mystery.This book is somewhat like Possession, but not as good Picardie uses three characters author Daphne du Maurier 2001717 Symington, and a grad student to explore the Brontes and who the Bronte brother was, you know that bloke who died.Told partly in letter [...]

    4. I picked this new book up, because my favorite novel of all time is the famous Rebecca, known to some Brit Litters as the bastard half sister of the Bronte girls Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights Actually completing this book tells me I m either one of two things A Brit Lit proficient, considering I even bothered to finish this surprisingly intense book to begin with , or a horrible Brit Lit student who doesn t know 2% of what she actually thought she knew about her favorite novels My money s on t [...]

    5. Daphne was a bit of a surprise and a bit of a letdown for me Like most people, I picked it up because I m a fan of Rebecca and was excited to read a historical fiction piece on its author It s entirely my fault that I didn t reading the abstract before I checked it out of my library, because if I had I would have known that the story was less about Rebecca and about Daphne s twilight years as she struggled through a turbulent marriage and an equally turbulent biography of Branwell Bronte At fir [...]

    6. Similar setup to A.S Byatt s Possession modern day scholars obsessed with dead authors, literary mystery of the past to unravel, lots of correspondence, forgotten manuscripts, life imitates fiction There s an additional layer to this book there are the present day characters, then Daphne du Maurier and J.A Symington in the middle ground, and finally Branwell Bront in the most distant past.I enjoyed much of the back and forth between du Maurier and Symington What sunk the book for me was the mode [...]

    7. A three stranded narrative Daphne du Maurier, in the late 1950s desperately trying to write a biography of Branwell Bronte She s corresponding with the dodgy, disgraced Bronte manuscript collector Symington, who even than du Maurier is falling apart physically and mentally, as purloined papers molder in his damp house and he tries to at once impress du Maurier and keep her at a distance so she doesn t learn what a mess he really is In the present day, a naive orphan with a love of the Brones an [...]

    8. Literary references were constant throughout Justine Picardie s Daphne This book really felt like it was leading me to books Some of the books the author mentions include Rebecca , The Birds , My Cousin Rachel all by Daphne du Maurier, Trilby by George du Maurier, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Infernal Branwell Bronte by Daphne du Maurier, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Peter Pan by JM Barrie, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.Picardie [...]

    9. OK, i tried I tried for over 100 pages but could not get into this book at all I love victorian novels Rebecca, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and I thought I would really enjoy this book when it was given to me this summer I tend to read at night before going to bed and so i thought i was reading it at the wrong time too tired to follow the plot lines So I tried it at different times but to no avail I guess i just didn t get the literary mystery and couldn t get into the scandal I found the need [...]

    10. I wouldn t have chosen ths to read if it hadn t have been for the bookclub I belong to and I m glad I did On paper, it doesn t sound too promising a weaving of a story about Daphne du Maurier s research into her biography of Branwell Bronte, interwoven with the life of a younf woman fifty years later researching Du Maurier for a PHD But it was a skillful study of relationships, denial, betrayal, plagiarism and much , and very atmospheric I have never read du Maurier but this book has fired an in [...]

    11. Having always been a great fan of Du Maurier s books and knowing a little about her life, I found this book a fascinating read I loved it as much for what I did not know as for the chance to revisit what I already did The three stories four if you want to give a nod to Branwell , which weave between the present day and the 1959 60 era, are well told My main reaction to this novel, though, was to yearn for a reread of both Rebecca and the Bronte novels.

    12. No no no I did not like this book at all It was like Daphne Du Maurier s Rebecca, minus the irony, nuance, ambiguity, the casually clever meanness As a writer influenced by Rebecca, I can truthfully say du Maurier isn t an easy well to go down for inspiration But you can t just turn what she does into suburban middlebrow romance with some extra emoting and literary name dropping to bolster it The themes in du Maurier are just too dark Picardie missed the fact that Rebecca is two novels, Rebecca [...]

    13. Amikor megkaptam aj nlatnak a Daphne t s ut nan ztem, nagyon felvillanyozott a t rt net le r sa.1957, Daphne du Maurier, b r h res, sz p s gazdag ppen mag n leti kr zist l t a h zass ga esik darabokra Hogy elterelje figyelm t, kutatni kezdi a Bronte n v rek b tyj nak, Branwellnek az let t Levelezni kezd a titokzatos kutat val, Alex Symingtonnal, akinek szint n hasonl az rdekl d se, de a f rfi el g sok mindent k d s t K zben pedig napjainkban egy mag nyos fiatalasszony PhD t zis t rva kutat Daphn [...]

    14. I had been on a bit of a Daphne Du Maurier reading binge earlier this year after discovering Rebecca I read The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte and her short stories and so I was dubious about what a modern author might do in a fictionalized account of her life and her writing the biography of Branwell Bronte, the lesser known brother of the famous literary sisters I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised Daphne is an intriguing page turner and is full of fascinating and well researched in [...]

    15. In this interesting fact based novel the author tells the story of how Daphne du Maurier came to write her biography of Branwell Bronte in the early 1960s, The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte.When the novel opens Daphne du Maurier is in her early fifties and is dealing with a host of personal problems Her husband Tommy has had a breakdown and is temporarily hospitalized Their relationship is rocky in any case because of Daphne has found out that he had a recent affair She is portrayed as being [...]

    16. I suppose it is a lie to say that I read the bookbut I did read about a third of it, and then I did something I NEVER do I gave up on it.Very rarely do I give up on a book If I do, I do so before the second chapter, yet for some reason I forced myself to muddle through a good third or so of the book before I let myself abandon the book without feeling any remorse I did not care about any of the characters or their situations I did not care that Daphne s husband had had an affair and had since su [...]

    17. Okay, I ll admit up front that Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite books as well as most of the books by the Bronte sisters So a work of fiction that incorporates du Maurier and the Brontes is going to have to screw up pretty badly for me to not like it This one didn t It s really three stories in one du Maurier s story beginning in 1957 as her marriage begins to unravel and she become obsessed with writing a book on Branwell Bronte the story of Alex Syminton, a former librarian a [...]

    18. One of my goals this year is to finally read Rebecca and I thought this book may help me with that goal Daphne is a great book for a book nerd graduate student in English the story winds duMaurier s attempt to research and write The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte with the story of a young PhD candidate s attempt to write her dissertation on Daphne du Maurier The narration goes from Daphne to Symington to Jane from chapter to chapter, with Daphne s story dominating The writing is fairly good, [...]

    19. This is a historical reimagining of a real figure done right rigorously researched and based on actual events I don t know what kicked me off on this Daphne du Maurier sort of fan fiction phase, but it s been fun to learn I use that term loosely about her That said, this book wasn t totally successful for me The narrative is told in three different perspectives Daphne, Symington another real historical figure , and Jane, a fictional modern day researcher The Symington chapters dragged for me he [...]

    20. Moody AtmosphereI purchased this book at a lovely little independent bookstore right outside the train station at Kew Gardens I agree with many of the reviewers here that the story was often unevenly told But what I found fascinating was the excellent evocation of a moody darkness created by the author very much so reminiscent of the Bronte novels The author captures deftly the desire many writers have here, all three protagonists to bring to life a forgotten or misunderstood literary figure As [...]

    21. Wellunfortunately, dropping the names of the Bronte family and Du Marier does not a novel make I read half of this book before succumbing to the realization that, in 200 pages, absolutely n o t h i n g had happened The character development, plotline nothing had progressed beyond the most basic unfolding of a story I began this book with high hopes of vintage gothicism, madness, enthralling characters, and the like Instead, I was met with mundane, mediocre writing of flat characters and an achin [...]

    22. This is a beautifully crafted novel, flicking between a fictional world set in the present day, back in time to Daphne Du Maurier s life, when she was writing her factual book about Bramwell Bronte I adored the parts from Daphne s point of view and it s obvious the author has a great love of her work In fact for me it could have dispensed with the modern day parts and just had the entire book from Daphne s viewpoint Well worth a read, even if the ending was rather flat, which was enough for me t [...]

    23. I am slightly underwhelmed by the ending Not that I didn t enjoy the book in fact it was great I just wanted a bit the family tree shows Daphne living until 1980 or something, but the book ends in 1960 and what happens next What even happens with Rachel Paul Modern day Narrator I guess I have to read the biography of Daphne Du Maurier Hmm But I can say I did get caught up by the end, and probably only have issues with it because I m not a huge fan of leaving things hanging Which is why I love m [...]

    24. I had no idea what to expect from this book it s not a straight biography of Daphne du Maurier, but is factual in it s telling of the events of a certain time in her life while she was writing the book The Infernal World of Bramwell Bronte It entwines 3 stories, Daphne s, J.A Symington, a man who had many of the Bronte papers in his collection and the modern day narrator, a young woman writing a paper on Daphne and the Brontes, whose life seems to mirror one of du Maurier s most famous books, Re [...]

    25. Off to Laura in Brazil next.This is trying to be for du Maurier what Cunningham was for Woolf and it just don t dust the same mantlepiece Interesting snippets in there though, for those of us who are of this bent.Re reading some sections that have been mulling around the noddle

    26. A book about the author of my favorite book for 50 cents at the library used book sale It was meant to be.Of course I loved it Passed it on to Mom to read next.

    27. Daphne follows three main narratives 1 Daphne du Maurier, past her prime, is struggling to write a biography about Branwell Bronte 2 Mr J A Symington, who corresponds with Daphne as he ruminates on his failure to complete his own biography of Branwell and 3 the narrator who is trying to write her dissertation on the Brontes, while secretly obsessing about Daphne and Symington Meanwhile, our dear narrator is seemingly living out a du Maurier novel There are three main elements of the novel obsess [...]

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