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Manderley Forever
Manderley Forever | Tatiana de Rosnay
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The nonfiction debut from beloved international sensation and #1 New York Times bestselling author Tatiana de Rosnay: her bestselling biography of novelist Daphne du Maurier. It's impressive how Tatiana was able to recreate the personality of my mother, including her sense of humor. It is very well written and very moving. Im sure my mother would have loved this book. Tessa Montgomery dAlamein, daughter of Daphn du Maurier, as told to Pauline Sommelet in Point de Vue As a bilingual bestselling novelist with a mixed Franco-British bloodline and a host of eminent forebears, Tatiana de Rosnay is the perfect candidate to write a biography of Daphne du Maurier. As a thirteen-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Mauriers fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply, following Du Maurier from a shy seven-year-old, a rebellious sixteen-year-old, a twenty-something newlywed, and finally a cantankerous old woman. With a rhythm and intimacy to its prose characteristic of all de Rosnays works, Manderley Forever is a vividly compelling portrait and celebration of an intriguing, hugely popular and (at the time) critically underrated writer.
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Reita325
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Daphne du Maurier is one of my all time favorite writers. I thought this biography was fascinating and did her justice.

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rubyslippersreads
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Congrats to @BarbaraBB and thanks for doing a #GiveAway. 😊 My favorite book of the first half of 2017 was this fascinating biography of Daphne du Maurier. It made me want to read and reread all of her books.

BarbaraBB That sounds great. I love her books but didn‘t know of this biography. Thanks! (edited) 2y
JamieArc This book has been on my TBR for a while since I won it in a giveaway. This makes me want to make it a priority! Thanks! 2y
SilversReviews LOVE her books. Thanks for this post. 2y
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mhillis
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Still partying! I didn't know anything about Daphne Du Maurier's life before reading this book. It is interesting although the writing style is kind of annoying. I tried the Grapey Grape and Tea at Starbucks this morning🍇
#litsypartyofone

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Lissa00
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It took me several pages to adjust to the writing style. It is written in present tense, which feels more like fiction than biography. Once I acclimated to the format, though, I really enjoyed this look into Daphne Du Maurier's life. She was a fascinating woman and I enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind her books...now I just need to finish reading them all:)

rubyslippersreads That's exactly how I feel! 2y
mcipher Oooh, this sounds good! 2y
batsy Oooh! Stacked! 2y
Daisey Glad to hear it was good! I added it to my list not long ago but hadn't seen an actual review yet. 2y
Cathythoughts Stacked this one. Sounds like a great find 👍 2y
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Lissa00
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I didn't do as much reading during a weekend camping trip as I wanted but I did start this. Has anyone read it? I like it so far but it is written in a strange style that I'm afraid I won't get used it.

rubyslippersreads I loved it; the writing style didn't really bother me, and it left me wanting to read more du Maurier. 2y
Lissa00 @rubyslippersreads Great! I'm only a few pages in and can't tell if I'll get used to it or not. Thanks! 2y
Moonpa I couldn't read this one because of the writing style. Hope you have better luck! 2y
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jlondon1963
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Very well done and gave a full image of a classic author. Will have to go back and read Rebecca with new insight and Du Maurier other works. I also had no idea that the Hitchcock film the Birds was based on one of her short stories.

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rubyslippersreads
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Another clue ... Milton Hall was a house Daphne had visited as a child. I believe this photo labeled Manderley was the house used in the Laurence Olivier/Joan Fontaine movie.

readinginthedark These make me think of where Rachel Weisz's character lives in The Brothers Bloom! 3y
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rubyslippersreads
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@LauraBeth This is from the biography I mentioned. Daphne becomes fascinated with Menabilly, an abandoned house in Cornwall where she will eventually live.

Demanda I got an ARC of this and haven't gotten to it yet. Pretty good? 3y
LauraBeth Lovely! Thanks for posting this - I'm going to have to read this! 😀💕 3y
rubyslippersreads @Demanda I'm really enjoying it so far. 3y
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rubyslippersreads @LauraBeth You're welcome. I'll share any more rhododendron clues. 😊 3y
LauraBeth I told my aunt I thought the rhododendrons represented Rebecca 🤔 3y
Texreader There's that reference! Cool!! 3y
rubyslippersreads @LauraBeth I'm wondering if Manderley is based on Menabilly? 3y
LauraBeth @rubyslippersreads sounds like it could have been the inspiration for Manderley 😀 3y
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jlondon1963
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Book mail I am digging into this weekend!

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BookishMarginalia
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This would play much better as a novel than as nonfiction. Labeling it "biography" predisposes me to certain expectations about genre, voice, and evidence that this book doesn't meet. I just can't see it as biography, even with the pages of notes (really just page references to other books). I can't get over the label. Readers more openminded than I will probably enjoy this look at Daphne du Maurier's life.

LeahBergen I get really irritated by "biographies" that take too much license with a real person's voice. 3y
ValerieAndBooks And if this is written in present tense throughout even though it's actually the past, that would really irritate me too! @BookishMarginalia @LeahBergen 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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From the preface... hmm... seems a bit pretentious, no? 🤔😳

katedensen Ugh. 3y
LaraReads 😳 3y
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RealBooks4ever Even the book title makes me want to gag. 🤢 3y
Anabnieto You are a bit hard.... writing ain't easy. maybe the story flows, maybe you are pleasantly surprised... 3y
BookishMarginalia @Anabnieto I definitely agree I'm a lot hard on this one! I couldn't overcome the labeling as biography. Had it been historical fiction, I'd likely have enjoyed it. 3y
Kmmsellers Ugh. Definitely a tad pretentious. 3y
Gillyreads Just a bit 3y
PenguinInFlight Yeah...just a little. 🙄 3y
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Redwritinghood
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I finally won a GoodReads giveaway! I enter giveaways on the site all the time and this is the first one I've won. Yay!

LeahBergen This looks good! 3y
Jas16 That is one I really want to read. Congratulations! 3y
Simona Congrats 👏👏👏👍 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

I was so excited about this book. I first read Rebecca in middle school and then read through my local library's du Maurier collection. But I found the writing in this biography to be completely off-putting. Full of rhetorical Qs along the lines of: oh, what is a girl to do?! And she insists on referring to relationships and sex using the childhood code words of the du Maurier sisters throughout the entire book. Felt prudish and disrespectful.

Reviewsbylola What a disappointment. The issues you raised sound like they would irritate me too so I will skip this one. 3y
rubyslippersreads Oh no, I was looking forward to this. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Sorry you didn't like it 😟 I enjoyed this one - it was my first du Maurier biography 3y
LeahBergen Blah. I was hoping this would be a good one. 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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So, the snow forecast produced only a light sprinkling here. But, the cold and ice are keeping everyone home. Time to curl up with some good books. Here's what I'm reading this weekend. ❄️☕️📚

Suetara Lost Stars is my favorite recent Star Wars book-so, so good. (edited) 3y
awishman @Suetara Lost Stars is AMAZING. A gateway drug to Star Wars books. I'm so jealous you get to read for the first time. 3y
Hoopiefoot The Unseen World was one of my favorite books that I read last year. 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 To me, it's the perfect shut down, pajama, read all day, day🙂 3y
Christy2318 Ohhhhhh I will have to read Manderley Forever! 3y
Megabooks The Unseen World was so good! 3y
minkyb I want to read Lost Stars! 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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This looks really good! #biography #NetGalley

gossamerchild Whoa. Very cool 😁 3y
audiothing Look forward to your review. I hope this biographer concentrates more on her life achievements rather than her bisexuality. 3y
Well-ReadNeck I jumped in that the second I saw it on netgalley. Fingers crossed! 3y
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BookishMarginalia @gossamerchild @audiothing @Well-ReadNeck I just got approved on NetGalley! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im reading it too! 🤘 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Just finished this - LOVED it 3y
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