☆ I'll Never Be Young Again || ☆ PDF Download by ☆ Daphne du Maurier

By Daphne du Maurier | Comments: ( 537 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

The iron of the bridge felt hot under my hand The sun had been upon it all day Gripping hard with my hands I lifted myself on to the bar and gazed down steadily on the water passing under I thought of places I would never see, and women I should never love A white sea breaking on a beach, the slow rustle of a shivering tree, the hot scent of grass I breathed deep The iron of the bridge felt hot under my hand The sun had been upon it all day Gripping hard with my hands I lifted myself on to the bar and gazed down steadily on the water passing under I thought of places I would never see, and women I should never love A white sea breaking on a beach, the slow rustle of a shivering tree, the hot scent of grass I breathed deeply and I felt as though the waiting water rose up in front of me and would not let me go As far as his father, an accomplished poet, is concerned, Richard will never amount to anything, and so he decides to take his fate into his own hands in a moment of crisis But at the last moment, he is saved by a passing stranger, Jake, who appeals to Richard not to waste his life The two men, both at turning points, and on a whim set out for adventure, jumping aboard the first ship they see, cementing a passionate friendship Their journeys take them to Norway and across Europe, become firm friends But it is in bohemian Paris, where Richard meets Hesta, a captivating music student, who enables him to fulfil his own artistic promise.


  • Title: I'll Never Be Young Again
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780316253567
  • Page: 180
  • Format: ebook

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Daphne du Maurier

If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have created magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England, Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald a Portrait , a biography of her father The du Mauriers , a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers , a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains , an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful and romantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love or fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius , Rebecca and The Parasites , is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca , on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.



Comments I'll Never Be Young Again

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    I'll Never Be Young Again, Daphne du MaurierIn a moment of crisis and grasping the rail of a bridge, Richard is saved by a passing stranger named Jake. The two men, both at turning points, become fast friends and, out for adventure, jump aboard the first ship they see. Their journey takes them across Europe, cementing a passionate friendship. But it is in bohemian Paris that Richard finally meets the woman who enables him to fulfill his artistic promise. Daphne du Maurier's second novel is a mas [...]


  • Linda Orvis

    Ah, the pleasure one gets from reading an authors first books! du Maurier's budding talent for the psychological plot and drama that made her so famous begins to unfold in "I'll Never Be Young Again." However, the psychology overrides the drama, but this book definitely gives us a hint of what is to come. If you are a du Maurier fan, this book is a must. If you are just looking for a good read, you may be disappointed.


  • Kari

    This book could probably best be summed up as "you don't know what you've got till it's gone". Richard is not a likeable character. He is constantly looking ahead, needing the next experience rather than appreciating what he has at that moment in his life. He is extremely self-centred, thinking only of his wants and needs and expecting others to fit their moods to his. He walks through life in the shadow of his father but it is a path of his own choosing and he never seems to take ownership of h [...]


  • Sahar

    این کتاب بعد از ربه کا دومین اثری بود که از دافنه دو موریه خوندم و حقیقتا و به هیچ عنوان قابل قیاس با ربه کا نبود! داستانی به شدت معمولی و کسل کننده، فاقد قدرت ارائه ی هدف نویسنده از نگارش داستان و در مجموع و در بهترین حالت اثری درجه دو محسوب میشد. تنها نکته ی مثبت این اثر که البته [...]


  • Helen

    I'll Never Be Young Again was Daphne du Maurier's second novel, written when she was only twenty three years old. It's different from the other books of hers that I've read so far. It doesn't have the suspense or the gothic feel of some of her other works – this is more of a psychological, character-driven book. It's the story of Richard, a young man who has grown up in the shadow of his famous father, and his struggle to find his own identity. I'm not really a fan of 'coming-of-age' novels, b [...]


  • Becky Ford

    Even though there are no sinister characters and not one glimpse of Cornwall, I still loved this book. This is the most introspective du Maurier novel I have read yet. I loved it.


  • Misfit

    "But then dreams are apart from the business of living; they are things we shed from us gently as we grow older"Du Maurier's second novel begins in London as Richard (Dick) is snatched from attempting to take his own life by wanderer Jake. The two men strike up an instant friendship and begin a devil-may-care look at life and jump on the first ship leaving town and head for Sweden. They trek the mountains and party with tourists as a steamboat cruises the fjords until they finally end up in a br [...]


  • Labmom

    I'm so glad this was not the first Daphne Du Maurier I'd ever read, because I probably would not have read any more and that would be a shame. She's been my favorite author for 20 years, for some reason I just read this one now, and the rest of her books are wonderful. Maybe because she was so young when she wrote it, or maybe because this was only her second book, but it lacks all the elements I love in her later work - suspense, twists, unlikeable yet interesting characters, a real sense of pl [...]


  • R.A.

    4.9This woman is a master of the senses. A master at everything. The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is because I won't read it again.


  • Edgars

    Kārtējais atradums vecajā grāmatplauktā. Droši vien atkal māsa to tur nolikusi. Latviskajā variantā, ko lasīju, šī grāmata nosaukta pavisam citādi kā angliskajā - `Mums bija reiz viss`. Doma gan abos gadījumos viena - par jaunību, kas nenāks vairs. Interesanti un biedējoši vienlaikus


  • Julie

    Having read many of Daphne’s other books I decided to embark on this one which I believe is one of her earlier offerings. I felt that the writing style was similar but that there wasn’t the depth to the characters that I felt later books had. Dick is very self-absorbed, thinking only of himself and, of course, he finally loses everyone he cherishes but does become a man during the process so finally gains in the end. He meets Jake first who talks him down from the bridge where he was going t [...]


  • HelenDolly Plumb

    I almost didn't read I'll Never be Young Again. I've read a lot of Daphne du Maurier's books this year, the most recent being a short story collection which I didn't like at all, then I made a start on 'Hungry Hill' but quickly gave it up.This is Daphne's second book and was not as well received as the first 'The Loving Spirit' but is so much more my kind of book. I love the stream of consciousness style of writing in which we always get to share what our narrator is feeling, but 5 minutes later [...]


  • Elizabeth

    Jake was gay, right? Y'all read that the same as me? The man he loved dearly on the ranch but turns against when he finds out he's a mad shagger of women, and has nothing but contempt for the humps he leaves behind, that's clearly a thinly veiled queer story, I'd bet my buttons on it. You don't knock someone's nose into their skull because you're disappointed in a pal.I really, really didn't like this book. I adore Daphne Du Maurier and she writes this beautifully but I couldn't stand the main c [...]


  • To Cho

    Yes, a horrible beginning with no point and no strong core. For those who last the book will give you thoughts about young man during his searching for self-meaning. Conflict - I would rather named the book. There is a small chance that it would attract more people to read it. But it could be taken "tacky" as well, so not quite sure about it at all. This book is nothing more, than easy reading but not that bad written and there are three or four places when you have that feeling to go deeper to [...]


  • Agnese

    This is the third book by du Maurier that I''ve read and the second out of these three that has a male protagonist. Unlike Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, this novel is much more focused on the inner feelings of the main character rather than mysteries. The language of Dick is so man-like, with all the indecent thoughts at times, that I would never guessed the author is a woman if I had not known it before. All in all, this was a great read; the pages ran faster than a wolf, and the ending was tru [...]


  • Erica

    This really is a book of two halves. I was fully expecting (view spoiler)[Jake to not actually be dead (hide spoiler)], which would have tied the two parts together much more neatly.The first half is a bit of a mess and it gets more into its own in the scenes in Paris. Dick is an awful protagonist but incredibly real -- we've all known blokes like that, have't we?(!)


  • Bettie☯

    1 of: I'll Never Be Young Again [Paperback:] By: Dame Daphne Du MaurierCondition: Used - AcceptableSold by: eastanglianbookshop £0.01my cover is not available on GR:Sorry Daph darling, this is just not for me as I don't have a blunt stanley knife to hand or R.E.M on my mp3


  • Marcy

    The moral of this story is: don't judge an author by her early works.


  • Lynne Norman

    It took me a while to get into this book, which is not true of any other du Maurier novel that I have read so far. That said, it was well worth the investment as the author takes you through a coming of age story like no other. Contrary to many other books that deal with similar themes, the character's personal fulfilment (spoiler alert) is not to be found in artistic expression, in the love of a good woman, in sexual liberation, in 'dropping out', in defying his parents, in travel or in adventu [...]


  • Pam Joslin

    A great book by a great author - I can't believe she was so young when she wrote this and in the voice of a young male. Sometimes a little bit flowery and sometimes a little over the top for modern times, but overall a great story of a young man and his quest for a life of his own, even if he was so self-centered you wanted to slap him a couple of times for good measure. I particularly liked the travelogues, a glimpse into countryside, city and more. I loved this and glad I finally took the time [...]


  • Kristy Drážovská

    Netreba súdiť podľa obálky Bolo to úžasné. Pri čítaní vždy akosi podvedome prežívate život niekoho iného, no málokedy sa mi podarí do cudzieho sveta preniknúť tak veľmi, ako teraz. Čítala som to dlhšie akoby bolo treba, no chcela som si vychutnávať každé slovo, či vetu. V deji sa toho až tak veľa neudeje a zároveň udeje. Je to kniha o živote, poznaní, myšlienkach a charakteroch Daphne du Maurier ma opäť dostala. Myšlienky, ktoré sa tu nachádzajú ma obrali [...]


  • Lizzie

    "the courage to endure"


  • Deb

    So glad this wasn't the first Daphne du Maurier book I read. If it was the first, I would not have read any more.


  • Havanah

    It is with great sorrow that I am putting this book ‘on-hold’ after 160 pages. I detest not finishing a book and therefore can’t bear to drop it completely but I can’t say that I am going to rush to finish it so it felt right to review it now.Some of my favourite stories (novels and shorts) have been told by Daphne du Maurier. She has a writing style that is both elegant and engrossing and so the reader cannot help but engage with her stories. This style is present, to a degree, in “I [...]


  • Justin

    This is an utterly bourgeois novel penned with lifeless characters, and a despicable protagonist who inspires absolutely no sympathy from the reader. Dick is by turns petulant, stupid, chauvinistic, moralistic, and sentimental. He's little more than a sniveling coward, a public-school leftenent too weak to stop being dominated by his daddy issues. He sizes up women as "plain" because of something they said he didn't like. He fears sex, thinks he's better than his urges, only to practically date [...]


  • Kirsty

    Reading a du Maurier novel is like meeting up with an old friend; you know you are in good company and will be both entertained and amused with them for hours on end. Daphne du Maurier is one of my very favourite authors, and I am so glad that she was such a prolific writer. I aim that I have read around half of her books to date, and I have so enjoyed them all. I’ll Never Be Young Again is her second novel, and the first which uses the male narrative voice throughout, something which I think [...]


  • Tony

    I’LL NEVER BE YOUNG AGAIN. (1932). Daphne du Maurier. **.This was du Maurier’s second novel, and, unfortunately her learning curve was very obvious. Her great books were still ahead of her, but she obviously needed practice. This novel was a combination ‘coming-of-age’ story combined with a ‘road’ book. It’s the story of Richard, a young man from England, who leaves home because of friction between him and his father. His father was a famous poet and long ago had decided that Richa [...]


  • Jennifer

    Knowing that this was just du Maurier's second book, written in her early 20s, helped considerably in reading it. This is no Rebecca or My Cousin Rachel; it is, at times, very clunky and overly earnest. Despite this, though, her slightly melodramatic portrait of Richard's coming of age - from an attempted suicide on a London bridge to working on a freight to first love and tragedy and the writing life in Paris - rings true. Richard is terribly unlikeable - he is needy and selfish and treats Hest [...]


  • Matthew Mainster

    I love Daphne du Maurier, but this was not my favorite. There were some great moments –– one scene in particular, aboard a ship, is so full of imagery that I was almost seasick! But otherwise the plot seemed less tight, the prose a little less lyrical, less colorful. The main character is interesting, but not necessarily captivating. I enjoyed the theme –– being young –– because I am at that age where I feel the word "young" slipping away from me. So this made the story very relat [...]


  • Kate

    Только на первый взгляд это произведение о метаниях мальчишки на пороге его взросления. Какие-то странные приключения, детские обиды, почти готовые довести до самоубийства, односторонние жизненные ценности, почему-то очень эгоистические. Не очень хорошее поведение с деву [...]


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