Thursday, May 4, 2023

The Birds by Daphne du Maurier -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays! Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week, or just a book you want to highlight.

I'm continuing with my Daphne du Maurier immersion with another buddy read. This month, we are reading a book of short stories. The cover of my copy is striking, to say the least!


On December the third the wind changed overnight and it was winter.

-- From the first and title story in The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier. That's a pretty benign opening sentence for what I know will be a dramatic, if not scary, story.

Until recently, I had no idea that du Maurier wrote the short story that Alfred Hitchcock adapted into his classic 1963 movie, The Birds. Apparently the book and the movie are not the same, but I haven't started the book yet so I can't say for myself. 


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The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


-- from The Birds:
A black-backed gull dived down at him from the sky, missed, swerved in flight, and rose to dive again. In a moment it was joined by others, six, seven, a dozen, black-backed and herring mixed.

Birds attacking. That seems like the movie to me. Now I am really curious about how the book and movie differ.  

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