• 20th century,  General Fiction

    The Escort by Daphne DuMaurier

    The Escort is quite a short short-story sharing the eerie tone of the rest of the stories. Basically, it is the story of a ship threatened by a German submarine and how they are offer the escort of another English ship. What I liked the most is that the characters are not the main protagonists of the story. I felt that the sea and the German threat were more powerful characters. This may be due to the story’s length but it just felt perfect and the story was as scary and eerie as other short stories. I don’t want to give anything away, obviously! But this is a great short…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    The Birds by Daphne DuMaurier

    First things first: I do not like birds. They scare me to death. They terrify me with their little eyes and they make me think that all they want to do is attack human beings because they want us to be their slaves. Paranoid thoughts apart, we just do not like each other. So, at first I was not really willing to read Daphne DuMaurier‘s The Birds but then, it is such a classic, with the Hitchcock movie always appearing as a reference (and in my mind any time a pigeon gets in my way unpredictably) that I gave it a try. The Birds tells the story of a family…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    Don’t Look Now by Daphne DuMaurier

    Sadie Jean gave me Don’t Look Now and Collected Stories by Daphne DuMaurier for Christmas and I’m loving it. I read Rebecca last year and it was a wonderful, intriguing and psychologically intense reading and her short stories now feel the same. Don’t Look Now is the first of the short stories that gives title to the book. It is set in Venice and it tells the story of a couple who lost her little girl recently and are trying to recover. However, everything changes when a couple tells them her little girl is sitting besides them… From that moment on, the story turns as eerie and as decadent as…