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Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel, etc.

Postby Rob Houghton » 27 May 2017, 23:57

I'm sure there must be a Daphne DuMaurier thread - I can't find it.

I was interested to hear that a new film version of 'My Cousin Rachel is coming to cinemas on 9 June. Looks good from the trailer, but obviously trailers can be deceptive!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l787QxuR51I
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel

Postby Carlotta King » 28 May 2017, 10:13

That trailer looks pretty good. Rachel Weisz is a good choice I think; very attractive but not very young looking or anything, and not too old either.

I love the old original with Olivia DeHavilland but I could never quite properly enjoy her as Rachel, she just seemed a bit too severe looking in the role, and I always imagined Rachel as a bit more 'softly' beautiful if that makes sense, more like how Rachel Weisz looks in this one.
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel

Postby Rob Houghton » 28 May 2017, 10:46

I think that's true. Rachel has to be soft and attractive, even vulnerable, but also with a hard and murderous side. If she'd made too hard and commanding, it makes it less likely that men would fall so easily under her spell. She is just about how I imagine Rachel to look.
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel

Postby Carlotta King » 28 May 2017, 10:53

Yeah, I totally agree. She's (Rachel W) definitely beautiful but not in a fragile 'pretty pretty' sense, you could definitely imagine her having the hidden murderous side too.

Olivia looked too old, she was undeniably nice looking but just not Rachel, in my eyes. In some shots she looked old enough and severe enough to be his mother, and that just made it not ring true for me. I couldn't imagine him wanting to fall in love with her and being captivated by her. I think that's the crux here - Rachel is supposed to be captivating and Olivia just didn't have that something.
I remember saying that to my mum too (who is a Daphne nut!) and she agreed.
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel

Postby Domino » 28 May 2017, 10:55

I've got the 1983 BBC TV version with Geraldine Chaplin and Christopher Guard on DVD (copied from VHS). I must have recorded a later showing as it is all in one rather than four episodes, as originally shown. I didn't have a video recorder until 1993.

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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel

Postby floragord » 23 Jun 2017, 20:57

I recently joined the local book discussion group and attended the first meeting earlier in June, the book of choice was Tracey Chevalier's AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD which I'd never normally have read, so no doubt other people's preferences extend our reading horizons! The next title listed is Daphne du Maurier's CASTLE DOR, one I had never heard of, and whilst ordering it on Amazon noticed MY COUSIN RACHEL which I had likewise not read, so ordered both. I started MY COUSIN RACHEL immediately, noticed the cover features the recently released movie of the same title starring Rachel Weisz, so I was interested in the comments above. I find the book absolutely superb, what writing! Perhaps a shade of REBECCA in the build-up of tension as the story begins? I can see I am in for a ddm season.
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel, etc.

Postby Rob Houghton » 23 Jun 2017, 21:19

Daphne du Maurier is by far my favourite author of all time (after Enid!!) Castle Dor is one I haven't read, I must admit, although I do have it, in a box set of her novels.

I love My Cousin Rachel and also The Loving Spirit - her first novel, which I love. Rebecca is of course her masterpiece - and I have it in a first American edition. I also have a first edition of 'Rule Britannia' still to read!
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel, etc.

Postby pete9012S » 24 Jun 2017, 08:22

I've only read 'Jamaica Inn' but found it to be extremely well written.The descriptions and the build up of tension as the book progresses is superb!
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel, etc.

Postby Rob Houghton » 24 Jun 2017, 13:01

Jamaica Inn is of course one of her most famous books, after Rebecca - but I don't necessarily think its one of her best. I enjoy all of those I've read, and of course, it all depends on your own personal tastes. Many feel that Rebecca is too reflective and slow, but in my view its masterfully written, as is My Cousin Rachel. Like Enid, DuMaurier's strength is her characterisation. She really takes us into the story and we can get lost in it because its driven by such memorably written characters.
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel, etc.

Postby floragord » 23 Jul 2017, 15:35

I enjoyed the book group's discussion of CASTLE DOR - the consensus was that the book was a slow starter, I personally didn't feel it "got going" until page 137. It began life as the unfinished last novel of author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, whose daughter asked DDM to complete the book, and I think it is her style that belatedly "lifts" the story. The intended recreation of the legend of Tristan and Iseult for me didn't happen, it felt too contrived and the ending was limp rather than tragic. I'll stick to REBECCA and MY COUSIN RACHEL!
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Re: Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel, etc.

Postby Rob Houghton » 23 Jul 2017, 16:35

I agree. Castle Dor is spoiled for me because it's not 'Daphne DuMaurier' in the true sense of the word!

Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn and The Loving Spirit are my faves.
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