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"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. I'm sure my mother would have loved this book." (Tessa Montgomery d'Alamein, daughter of Daphné du Maurier, as told to Pauline Sommelet in Point de Vue)
As a bilingual best-selling novelist with a mixed Franco-British bloodline and a host of eminent forbears, Tatiana de Rosnay is the perfect candidate to write a biography of Daphne du Maurier. As an 11-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier's fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply, following Du Maurier from a shy seven-year-old to a rebellious 16-year-old, a 20-something newlywed, and finally a cantankerous old lady. With a rhythm and intimacy to its prose characteristic of all de Rosnay's 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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By anasta on 08-22-17
Where does Manderley Forever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Not as good as hoped. Some of the details were dubious.. For example....not a mention was made of Daphne Du Maurier visiting Cyprus whilst she was staying in Egypt. Some say that is where she wrote "Rebecca"....her most famous novel!
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Oh dear! The pronunciation of some of the words was awful. Words like "interminable"....you cannot emphasise the "min" surely...? [Interminable].And the pronunciation of the Cornish place names - not great! Quite detracted from the narration overall.HOWEVER - the pronunciation of the French words was great! Credit where it is due....
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I love anything to do with Daphne Du Maurier - so I liked the content but nothing new.
Any additional comments?
A bit disappointed overall.
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By Anonymous User on 04-27-18
Amazing story of a remarkable woman; poorly read
The book itself is wonderful - it's the story of Daphne du Maurier so how could it not be? But the reading is very irritating; the many mispronunciations start to grate after a while and suggest a lack of research/preparation on the reader's part.
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