Monday, March 21, 2016

My Review Of Daphne Du Maurier's "The Doll: The Lost Short Stories"



After reading Miss Du Maurier's classic "Rebecca" I set out to find more of her works, in particular I wanted to read some of her short works.  In "The Doll: THe Lost Short Stories" I found a treasure of tales which left me both fascinated and a bit disconcerted.  

One might easily wonder at how I reconcile those two emotions, but I can safely say I learned from the author herself.  In this collection of early works, we get to see the sharp insight Miss Du Maurier had to the minds of people.  Each story contained in this tome, involve people making bad choices in love and relationships, yet still pursuing objects of affection who are most definitely wrong for them.  Those they pursue are either disturbed, toxic, or playing games with the affections of others. 

Yet, Miss Du Maurier keeps our interest in each tale, as the reader finds themselves reflecting on their own relationships and behavior, or those of family and friends who they've watched go down similar paths.  Each story left me disconcerted in one way or another, which only served to demonstrate the keen insight of the author and the mastery of her craft.  To evoke such feeling and thoughts in the reader is truly a work of genius.  

I certainly look forward to reading more of her works, especially "The Birds" which the great Alfred Hitchcock brought to the screen starring the wonderful Miss Tippi Hedren.