27 November 2011

The Doll; Daphne du Maurier

The Doll: The Lost Short StoriesThe Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So interesting to read the early short stories of Daphne du Maurier - you can sense the talent, but it's clearly not fully formed. Only a couple of the stories have the creep factor that her later works have ("East Wind" and "The Doll") while the rest are more character studies. Maybe it was her youth or lack of writing experience that made stories like "Picadilly" and "Mazie" feel slightly off.

As I said, you can clearly sense the talent here and it's interesting to see the development between these and Jamaica Inn, written a few years later. Perhaps if I didn't know the later novels I'd have enjoyed these stories more.

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