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By Daphne du Maurier | Comments: ( 448 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

The appeal of romance and the clash of highly charged emotions New York Herald TribuneIn this collection of suspenseful tales in which fantasies, murderous dreams and half forgotten worlds are exposed, Daphne du Maurier explores the boundaries of reality and imagination Her characters are caught at those moments when the delicate link between reason and emotion has b The appeal of romance and the clash of highly charged emotions New York Herald TribuneIn this collection of suspenseful tales in which fantasies, murderous dreams and half forgotten worlds are exposed, Daphne du Maurier explores the boundaries of reality and imagination Her characters are caught at those moments when the delicate link between reason and emotion has been stretched to the breaking point Often chilling, sometimes poignant, these stories display the full range of Daphne du Maurier s considerable talent.

  • Title: The Breaking Point: Stories
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780316253598
  • Page: 456
  • Format: ebook

About Author:

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 The Breaking Point: Stories

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Blue Lenses, Daphne du Maurier تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سی ام آوریل سال 2002 میلادیعنوان: لنز آبی؛ نویسنده: دافنه دو موریه؛ مترجم: شمسی بهبهانی؛ تهران، اختران، 1380، در 39 ص، مصور؛ شابک: 9649317015؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - قرن 20 مقهرمان داستان خود را گوزنی میبیند که از جنگیدن خسته شده. در دا [...]

  • Debbie Zapata

    Another Literary Birthday Challenge book, this collection of nine stories by Daphne du Maurier was interesting and thought-provoking. Each selection gives us a front row seat to witness the Crisis Moments of various character's lives.In the title story, we meet James Fenton, who decides one Sunday that he simply cannot stand the routine of his life any longer. But what he does to shake up that routine is most unusual. This story started off amazingly intense, but I was not satisfied with the end [...]

  • Fiona MacDonald

    Du Maurier is just an absolute master of the short story. Each story transported me to a different world and I lingered there only long enough to soak up the magic of the writing, before I was plunged headfirst into yet another tale.

  • Lobstergirl

    I'm not a short story "person," so caveat lector. I don't want to be like those music critics who hate Liszt, and review a concert where someone plays all Liszt and can't find a single good thing to say. (There are such people.)Du Maurier's stories in this collection, some of them, reminded me of Roald Dahl or Patricia Highsmith. The Alibi was Dahlesque. A man named James Fenton is suddenly sick of his wife and his staid family life, of cocktail hour with the neighbors, and he resolves to go kno [...]

  • Regine

    I bought this book at a used book store. The only reason I bought it was because I had foolishly walked into a shop with only two dollars in my hand. I did my rounds in the shop, looked at the "used" prices etched in pencil, and realized that the only thing I could afford was a musty, dogeared copy of this book, circa 1959. The old woman (gray hair, scrunchie, knitting, et al.) beamed at me from the register. "Oh, have you read much Du Maurier at?" she asked. "Only Rebecca, I couldn't put it dow [...]

  • Maureen

    "There comes a moment in the life of every individual when reality must be faced. When this happens, it is as though a link between emotion and reason is stretched to the limit of endurance, and sometimes snaps." -- from the author's note introducing the collectionEight stories comprise this work, written at a period in her life when Daphne du Maurier, exhausted beyond endurance, waited for that snap. du Maurier came to speak of this collection as a curative, saying that writing these had been a [...]

  • Asha Seth

    Nothing short of commendable. I loved all the stories. Each led the protagonist to his/her breaking point who later emerges beatific or beaten.Best of the list:The Blue LensesThe AlibiGanymedeThe Archduchess*********************************************"The Alibi" – In an attempt to escape his dull existence John Fenton starts a double life, randomly picking a house he plans to murder its occupants, a single mother and her son, but instead finds release in painting them in oils"The Blue Lenses" [...]

  • Blair

    I found this collection more of a mixed bag than the two volumes of du Maurier short stories I've previously read (Don't Look Now & Other Stories and The Birds & Other Stories). The eight stories can roughly be divided into: four very good, one okay (if strange), and three I disliked. Still, a couple of them were among my favourites from all three books. I still have The Doll: Short Stories to read, but I think I might give these a rest for now and come back to that book when the others [...]

  • SAM

    A great selection of stories. Standouts for me where The Alibi, Blue Lenses, Ganymede and the Menace.

  • Mary

    I found these stories to be very dark but beautifully written.Daphne never fails.Luckily I still have a few novels yet to read!

  • Bill

    An interesting collection of short stories by the author of Rebecca and The House on the Strand. The book was published in 1959 and contains 8 stories, each different and unique in its own right. I particularly liked The Alibi and The Blue Lenses; the first about a man trying to get some excitement into his life and finding that his plan takes an unexpected turn to the left and the second, almost science fiction, a strange tale of a woman seeing life through new lenses, a very strange and distur [...]

  • Donna

    This is a chaotic little bunch of stories, my favorite was "The Alibi." I also loved the atmosphere of "The Pool" and the sad humor of "The Archduchess." Only one story in the bunch, "Ganymede," came off as obvious and dull.

  • Nancy

    I am rating this book of short stories as a whole rather than averaging out the ratings I gave each story. Because the stories were so different from each other, I decided to give this book a higher rating. I'm giving it a 4.5. I normally don't enjoy short story collections but hers I can read with no effort. I think Daphne du Maurier was such a smart and unique writer. I usually have to do a little research on what is going on, and I really like that. Her stories make think. I'm on a quest to r [...]

  • Lisa

    3.75⭐️I enjoyed the majority of these short stories in different ways. Some were haunting, some humorous and a few weren’t my taste. Glad I found this book at my local second shop and am happy to add it to my du Maurier collection!The Alibi~ 4.5The Blue Lenses ~ 4Ganymede ~ 2The Pool ~ 3The Archduchess ~ 2The Menace ~ 2.5The Chamois ~ 2The Lordly Ones ~ 4.5The Limpet ~ 4

  • Stacia

    The thing I both love and hate about short story collections is the unevenness of the stories contained within them. This is only the second book I've read from Daphne du Maurier, the first being her amazing full-length novel, "Rebecca," which is one of my favorite books ever. I was so excited to discover du Maurier had written short stories! The collection started strong. "The Alibi" is the first entry and perhaps my favorite. It set the bar high with its creepy demeanor, complex characters, an [...]

  • Laura

    This is a really bizarre collection of short stories, exploring and blurring the lines between health and sickness, sanity and madness. 'The Alibi' and 'The Pool' each deserve five stars. The Pool in particular, is phenomenally beautiful if nothing else. Two out of eight of the stories collected here though - The Archduchess and The Menace - I couldn't find anything particularly good about. Perhaps I'm missing something in them, but for me they somwehat ruined what was otherwise a really gorgeou [...]

  • Linda

    This collection of short stories is riveting. Clearly in the author's haunting style. The characters are all wonderful.

  • Emma

    Started out with great promise. First two stories were very good, but then became increasingly dull and I lost interest to the point of not finishing the final stories

  • Spiderorchid

    Some interesting ideas, but overall du Maurier's late works are too bleak and depressing for my taste (also, the social commentary hits you over the head like a blunt instrument - she could do so much better).I gave up after two thirds. I'm a big fan of Daphne du Maurier, but stories like these really show that she had some very severe problems in her later years. I'll stick to the earlier short stories and the novels.

  • Susan Zinner

    While I love Daphne du Maurier's novels (especially "The Scapegoat"), this short story collection was so-so. "The Alibi" was quite good (unlikeable narrator gets caught up in a situation that is destined to end badly) and "The Blue Lenses" had an interesting twist, the others were not that compelling. Stick to the novels

  • Eustachio

    Sono racconti notevoli, alcuni più memorabili di altri. Con Daphne è così: anche se può sfuggirti il senso di un racconto, c'è sempre il piacere intrinseco della lettura, la scrittura efficace, la caratterizzazione superba dei personaggi qualunque sia il punto di vista scelto e quell'atmosfera ambigua che mette sempre curiosità.Questa raccolta più delle altre mi ha fatto pensare a quanti posti e quante persone l'autrice abbia visto e conosciuto: si passa dal centro di Londra alla brughier [...]

  • Jean

    MehI liked 2 stories. The rest were too long-winded or convoluted for me.

  • Susan

    See review of Echoes From the Macabre :)

  • dmayr

    The Blue Lenses is just perfection. It has that same level of suspense and things just clicking together as Don't Look Now. Daphne du Maurier is fantastic in creating characters with ambiguous motivations, like in Ganymede and The Chamois and a haunting sense of place and time in all her stories.

  • Christine

    A collection of chilling stories, signature du Maurier and each building up to a "breaking point" during the last few pages, yet not formulaic in the least. The moment in "The Alibi" where a package presumed to be garbage was unwrapped is chilling to the core. "The Blue Lenses", a story where a woman whose eyes were operated on begins to see the people around her as animals reflecting their true nature, is said in the introduction to be the most famous, but I found it the least satisfying. The w [...]

  • Leslie

    The two best stories in this collection are the first two, "The Alibi" and "The Blue Lenses." In "The Alibi," a man breaks out of the mundanity of his middle-class life to become an artist of murder but finds himself trapped in a different kind of fantasy. A woman enters a private hospital for an eye operation in "The Blue Lenses"; after weeks of darkness, the bandages are removed and special lenses put in, which she will wear until her healing is complete. The doctors tell her that her vision s [...]

  • Jose Moch

    I've found that in her books of short stories "Kiss me again Stranger" and "The Breaking Point" DdM characters crave to satisfy some earthy desire and suddenly this desire or wish is granted and later on they don't know how to untangle themselves from it. They don't foresee its consequences.The dilemma is that these characters lead very humdrum lives. Suddenly they have the opportunity to have an adventure of some sort that hopefully will bring some relief from tediousness. They may have selfish [...]

  • George K.

    Μόλις η πρώτη ιστορία της Δάφνης Ντι Μοριέ που διαβάζω, από την οποία έμεινα πολύ ευχαριστημένος. Μίγμα φαντασίας και τρόμου, η ιστορία αυτή κατάφερε να με αγχώσει λίγο. Η Μάρθα Γουέστ, νοσηλεύεται σε ένα από τα πιο γνωστά και καλά νοσοκομεία του Λονδίνου, λόγω μιας εγχείρησ [...]

  • Kirsty

    I love Daphne du Maurier’s books, and her short stories are especially powerful. This collection, also published as The Blue Lenses and Other Stories, promises ‘eight stories which explore the half-forgotten world of childhood fantasies and subtle dreams’. This quote, coupled with the tales in The Birds and Other Stories, the first of du Maurier’s story collections which I read, made me hope for rather a dark and memorable collection, and that, I am pleased to say, is exactly what I was [...]

  • BohoAutumn

    I'm a big fan of short stories and this one didn't disappoint. I had only read du Maurier's 'Rebecca' many many years ago and enjoyed it. This collection is imbued with a similar dark vein, which always works for me. The fact that these stories also reflect, at some level, her mental state - on the edge of the abyss - makes them even more compelling.Like all collections, we find some that impress and some that irk. Even the best of the bunch are not all highly polished nuggets, but I felt that t [...]

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