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The Birds [short story] (1952)

por Daphne Du Maurier

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Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Daphne du Maurier's classic tale of horror. The idea for this famous story came to du Maurier one day when she was walking across to a farm from her house. She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field while above him the seagulls were diving and wheeling. She developed an idea about the birds becoming hostile and attacking him.In her story, the birds become hostile after a harsh winter with little food. First the seagulls, then birds of prey, and finally even small birds all turn against mankind. The nightmarish vision appealed to Alfred Hitchcock, who turned it into the celebrated film.
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The short story Hitchcock's classic film is based on.
A well written totally gripping story, atmospheric descriptive intelligent and tense. Very different from the excellent film, set in rural England, no classy well to do couple for Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor see a army pensioned part time farm hand, and his wife and kids battling against the crazed Birds. The only disappointment is the poor NONE ending. ( )
  Gudasnu | Oct 31, 2023 |
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  lulusantiago | Mar 11, 2023 |
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  archivomorero | Nov 9, 2022 |
"In the distance he could see the clay hills, white and clean against the heavy pallor of the sky. Something black rose from behind them, like a smudge at first, then widening, becoming deeper. The smudge became a cloud; and the cloud divided again into five other clouds, spreading north, east, south, and west; and then they were not clouds at all but birds."



Today, du Maurier’s novella is more well-known for the iconic Hitchcock adaptation it fueled. In 1963, Hitchcock brought the shocking premise to the big screen in visceral fashion; an obvious departure for a director who you probably would not have expected to tackle something that typically counted as B-movie material after a string of classic successes (Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho). After directing Jamaica Inn and Rebecca to strongly varying degrees of success, Hitchcock was already well-versed in adapting du Maurier, but The Birds might have proven his strongest deviation from the source material in how basically only the premise was taken. As we all know, The Birds turned into a massive success, one that frightened millions of people since.

However, that does not mean that du Maurier’s 1952 novella is not worth checking out on its own. If anything, Hitchcock’s decision to alter the source material significantly, introduce different characters and relocating the setting turns both into fundamentally independent works that share nothing but their premise.



What both works have in common, however, is the eerie atmosphere and the achievement of turning birds into some of the creepiest creatures in existence. If Hitchcock did not succeed to make you see birds with different eyes, then du Maurier definitely will. At least I will now definitely be more hesitant to ride past the flock of ravens in the park during my bicycle ride to work each morning.

This novella is a very short read; depending on your speed of reading, you will probably need to set aside between thirty minutes and an hour. It's worth it! Preferably to be read at night, or while a flock of crows is sitting in the trees across your window. ( )
  Councillor3004 | Sep 1, 2022 |
I love the movie but I think the book is too short and really fast paced. Not that that's a problem but there wasn't enough time for me to have any feelings towards it. I started reading it and 1 second later I was done. ( )
  Denicbt | Feb 5, 2018 |
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Fiction. Horror. HTML:

Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Daphne du Maurier's classic tale of horror. The idea for this famous story came to du Maurier one day when she was walking across to a farm from her house. She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field while above him the seagulls were diving and wheeling. She developed an idea about the birds becoming hostile and attacking him.In her story, the birds become hostile after a harsh winter with little food. First the seagulls, then birds of prey, and finally even small birds all turn against mankind. The nightmarish vision appealed to Alfred Hitchcock, who turned it into the celebrated film.
©2014 Audible, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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