Thursday, April 25, 2024

Julius by Daphne du Maurier -- BOOK BEGINNINGS

Julius by Daphne du Maurier

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. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.


His first instinct was to stretch out his hands towards the sky.
-- from Julius by Daphne du Maurier. This is the current book I'm reading as part of a Du Maurier Deep Dive group I'm in on Instagram. We are getting down the the last few of du Maurier's books. This is the third book she wrote.  Julius, the protagonist, is an unpleasant person, but the story moves along at a clip and is much more entertaining than what we read last month, I'll Never be Young Again (perhaps universally disliked by our group, a first). 


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

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-- from Julius:
The driver stopped before a humble white building, almost hidden, squeezed between two projecting houses. “This is a synagogue,” he said, and he spat disdainfully, holding out his hand already for his money.
What makes a story so interesting is Julius's struggle with his Jewish heritage and antisemitism. That is a sympathetic storyline, even though he is so horrible otherwise. The conflict between the two sides of his character gives weight to the story.

A chilling story of ambition, Daphne du Maurier's third novel has lost none of its ability to unsettle and disturb. Julius Lévy has grown up in a peasant family in a village on the banks of the Seine. A quick-witted urchin caught up in the Franco-Prussian War, he is soon forced by tragedy to escape to Algeria. Once there, he learns the ease of swindling, the rewards of love affairs, and the value of secrecy. Before he’s 20, he’s in London, where his empire-building begins in earnest. Driven by a lifelong hunger for power, he becomes a rich and ruthless man. His one weakness is his daughter Gabriel.


  1. I want to read more from Daphne's my BOOKISH FRIDAY

  2. Sounds like an interesting book. Glad to hear you are enjoying it.

  3. I very much enjoy Daphne du Maurier's writing, especially her creepy short stories! This one is new to me, so I'll definitely add it to my TBR! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. I love Du Maurier's books. I read Julius about ten years ago and thought it was compelling and disturbing reading.

  5. Sounds good. I've never read this author.

  6. I love your project to read all the books by a classic author. I've not heard of most of these titles by Du Maurier so I appreciate the little I am learning from you.

  7. I think I'd like to read this one. An unpleasant lead that is nonetheless a sympathetic character usually makes for some really interesting conflicts in the story. Happy Reading!

  8. My mom read every Daphne du Maurier book there was, and she read each one many times. Enjoy!


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