The Friday 56 – Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence, (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post url, not your blog url to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

I’m doing several reading challenges this year and am horribly behind. One of the challenges is a Classic Horror Challenge in which I chose Daphne du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now. It’s a collection of short stories that include her infamous The Birds. You know the one. Alfred Hitchcock made it into a movie.

Not this one . . .

. . . but this one

She was running as if her life depended on it, and in a moment he saw why. A man was in pursuit, who, when she glanced backwards for a moment, still running, flattened himself against a wall, believing himself unobserved.

. . . She hurtled her way through the open doorway into the court. . . She was sobbing as she ran, not the ordinary cry of a frightened child, but the panic-stricken of breath of a helpless being in despair.

pg. 56 Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier

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I’m a huge opponent to banning and censoring literature, as a former Literature major and having pretty liberal parents that didn’t censor my reading. If you’re rebellious enough and have a desire to defend your freedom to read join the banned/challenged books readathon September 24-30. And if you don’t mind vote for the book I read.

5 thoughts on “The Friday 56 – Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier

  1. BookerTalk August 19, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Is the story significantly different to the film?


    • The Broken Spine August 19, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I don’t know. I’ve never read the story. I’m hoping to get to it tomorrow. I read a couple of shorter stories in the collection and was underwhelmed. I just an article online from the Independent that the BBC is making a miniseries that is supposed to stay closer to du Maurier’s short story than Hitchcocks version.


    • The Broken Spine August 20, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      I’m hoping it turns out to be epic. I’ve read one story thus far and was underwhelmed. Fingers crossed 🤞


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