The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
Rating: 5 Stars
Description: This is the collection of 6 short stories by Daphne du Maurier. The Birds is the story that Hitchcock based one of his most famous movies after. Monte Verita is the story of 2 men and a woman, a love of mountains and the search for peace. The Apple Tree tells the tale of a man dealing with the death of a not so beloved wife. In the Little Photographer we meet a bored married aristocrat looking for a little excitement away from her husband. Kiss Me Again Stranger shows us that things are not always what they seem when a young man meets an usherette at a theater. The Old Man tells the tale of a family when someone refuses to leave.
My Impression: I've read Rebecca probably 10 times but I've never searched out any of du Maurier's other works until now. There are definitely creepy aspects of Rebecca (Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca's old room anyone?) but in these stories du Maurier takes creepy to a whole new level. I've been scared by a book but I don't think I've ever felt the slow deliberate build up of dread that she manages to achieve in each story. The atmosphere is beautifully if drearily drawn and the sense of foreboding increases to almost claustrophobic levels. My favorite story was probably "The Birds" with "The Apple Tree" a close second. I've seen bits and pieces of the Hitchcock movie and always thought the concept seemed a little silly. I mean, how can birds be scary? Never again. In fact I'm thinking about getting rid of all the bird feeders around my house just in case!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, in fact I've already recommended to just about anyone who will listen.