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Un bel mattino So prescientLovely book to read Who would have thought that she would have foretold the ructions of the current day all the way back then. Marines at Manderley The entry into Europe was a flop, a disaster So what happened A general election with the country hopelessly divided, then a referendum, and finally the Coalition Government we have today, which has seized on the idea of USUK as a drowning man clutches at a straw Frankly, Daphne du Maurier s final novel is a minor work, probably only three stars for most readers Yet to me personally, it rises to four stars going on five It was published in 1972, the year I moved to Am Marines at Manderley The entry into Europe was a flop, a disaster So what happened A general election with the country hopelessly divided, then a referendum, and finally the Coalition Government we have today, which has seized on the idea of USUK as a drowning man clutches at a straw Frankly, Daphne du Maurier s final novel is a minor work, probably only three stars for most readers Yet to me personally, it rises to four stars going on five It was published in 1972, the year I moved to America from Britain, yet I well understand the context of its diametrically opposite theme, the takeover of Britain by America And, as my quotation shows, it has a curious contemporary relevance in the immediate aftermath of Brexit.Du Maurier once had a family home at Menabilly on the south coast of Cornwall In her most famous novel, Rebecca, it is called Manderley Here it is reborn as Trevalan, home to an aging retired actress known only as Mad, her granddaughter Emma, six boys of different ages that she has adopted, and her former dresser Dottie, who acts as cook and housekeeper This particular day dawns, however, to the sound of airplanes and helicopters overhead, a total communications blackout, and US Marines securing the streets of the nearest village, Poldrea The economic fallout from this early Brexit has been so bad that the government has sold Britain lock, stock, and barrel to the United States, forming a new entity that someone with a deaf ear has decided to call USUK The historic reunion is to herald a glorious era of mutual prosperity, not to mention the provision for American tourists of what amounts to a vast historical theme park There are just a few pockets of misguided resistance to be neutralized first.An absurd premise, of course, yet highly productive for a satire, since it hasthan a glimmer of truth There has always been a strong resentment of the American presence in Britain, despite gratitude for their role in the Second World War, exacerbated by increased commercialization and Britain s awareness of its own decline In 1972, American intervention had got a particularly bad name from the debacle in Southeast Asia, not least for their failure to win the hearts and minds of the people they had come to help In 2016, whatever the justification and successes, we need look no further than Iraq and Afghanistan To British eyes, the clean cut courtesy of the US Marine could appear as much a threat as a gesture of friendship.At the beginning, du Maurier is writing within a familiar trope the feisty inhabitants of a small community, generally on the Celtic fringe, who successfully oppose the attempts of some central authority to undo their traditions an example might be the 1947 Compton Mackenzie novelWhisky Galoreor the movie made from it Certainly, the cast of characters who might come out of the TV series Doc Martin fits totally into this tradition the homespun farmer whose sheepdog is the first casualty of the invasion, the local fisherman, the recluse with a checkered past who lives in a shack near the beach, and of course the six boys, aged three to eighteen, each with a particular handicap, each with special reserves of loyalty and skill And the portrayal of the Americans is in a similar vein, such as the portrait of Martha Hubbard, chair of the Cross Cultural Committee, a pleasant looking woman of about forty five with a rush of teeth to the head She shows up, smile and all, a few days later teaching a demonstration Bible class at the local school Jesus, it appears, is now to be part of the curriculum But then a real death occurs, and suddenly we are in quaint comedy mode no longer Du Maurier s style does not greatly change, but now she has a new literary model that of the WW2 Resistance novel Not that the Marines are equated to Nazis, but there is the familiar pattern of punitive overreaction that only further polarizes the local population And du Maurier also escalates further much further to the point where it seems impossible for her to bring the book to an appropriate conclusion Of course she does end it, and the ending seems the right one But it is very sudden we learn what happens, but not how it happens This,than anything else, is what would have sent me down to three or even two stars, if my historical and stylistic interest in the book had not risen to four or five Which seems a curious misreading, doesn t it Not of American culture, where evangelical Christianity was presumably as strong a force then as now, but of its constitutional separation of Church and State The Supreme Court ruling on the unconstitutionality of Bible readings in public schools came only in 1963, so perhaps du Maurier was working from earlier experience of the country More likely, though, she was portraying the situation as a kind of extra territorial Guantanamo where American values might be promoted without the tiresome restrictions of a Constitution Poldrea, piccola localit adagiata sulle coste della Cornovaglia, una mattinata qualsiasi, nel futuro prossimo, ai primi di novembreUn incessante ru di elicotteri in volo turba la quiete del luogo, di l a poco un folto gruppo di soldati, di nazionalit incerta, comincia a risalire dalla spiaggia verso l interno segue uno sparoQuesto l inizio della vicenda che vedr coinvolti gli abitanti di casa Trevenal, ovvero l anziana Mad, sua nipote Emma e i sei ragazzi adottati Joe, Terry, Sam, Andy, Colin e Ben daphne du maurier gifted us with a strange last novel, and i wouldn t expect anything less from her it is a macabre satire with murder and mayhem, and coloured by the politics of du maurier in her last years she asks, what if britain had joined the european common market only to be bankrupted by it, and saw no other alternative but to unify with their once rebellious sons in north america, and form a new country, the USUK you suck seems intended, especially with the potential currency, the daphne du maurier gifted us with a strange last novel, and i wouldn t expect anything less from her it is a macabre satire with murder and mayhem, and coloured by the politics of du maurier in her last years she asks, what if britain had joined the european common market only to be bankrupted by it, and saw no other alternative but to unify with their once rebellious sons in north america, and form a new country, the USUK you suck seems intended, especially with the potential currency, the ducat, remarked upon for its unfortunate rhyming associations suck it fuck it i couldn t decide du maurier allows herself the luxury of profanity in this bookthan any other but as soon as the american troops land to help manoeuvre the country into the new coalition, things begin to go awry someone gets murdered and things get weird, and weirder, and rightfully so, when the main character is an almost eighty year old actress named mad whose household includes a twenty year old granddaughter who narrates the action, a dotty housekeeper named dottie, a decrepit old dog, and six unruly adopted sons who won t be ruled by anyone but mad mad and her crew recruit the neighbours, and other good folk of cornwall in thwarting what seemsto them an american occupation than a union i think the ending isn t very effective a tad trite and a littlethan convenient and confusing there are still a few things that don t make abundant sense to me i also think du maurier hopes you know that she knows that she is joking, and i m not sure that s always readily apparent, and perhaps her tongue is barbed a littlesharply that what is generally palatable and sometimes i think she worries too much and tries to point out to us that she is using stereotypes for a reason i also wish she d taken a page from philip k dick and placed the action of the book in an alternate reality of England rather than trying to entrench it too much in our current timeline the contemporary references date and defuse the book but i really liked it, too a lot of the time it is sheer lunacy and some scenes in this book quite shocking for their matter of factness so sometimes laughter was tinged with anxiety it is an entertaining book it is also a book that does ask very good questions that impact us today what happens in the face of capitalism s decline and how far people will go to serve whatever ends they choose to pursue but then of course, she has to tell her prince philip joke twice i m wavering between three and four here Far from her best Glad this wasn t her first that I read or I wouldn t read anyA slog Ironically, in 3 weeks from now a British Brexit referendum will decide whether Britain stays or leaves the EU ironic, because this novel, from the early 70 s, is premised upon the consequences of a fantasy British decision, back then, to leave The consequence was a sort of anschluss US takeover of the UK, falsely promoted as voluntary sort of like Germany s takeover of Austria back in the Far from her best Glad this wasn t her first that I read or I wouldn t read anyA slog Ironically, in 3 weeks from now a British Brexit referendum will decide whether Britain stays or leaves the EU ironic, because this novel, from the early 70 s, is premised upon the consequences of a fantasy British decision, back then, to leave The consequence was a sort of anschluss US takeover of the UK, falsely promoted as voluntary sort of like Germany s takeover of Austria back in the 30 s That part is fantastical Although not completely, in that the US has been deeply involved in foreign incursions both overt and covert since at least Teddy Roosevelt s day, if not earlier Always for the good of the locals.ahem This novel shows the US face to be very unpleasant, and analogizes the occupation of her part of Britain Cornwall to the WWII occupation of France by Germany Easy to see how du Maurier developed a sense of distrust and dislike of the U.S., reflected in this novel Hopefully, if Britain chooses Brexit, du Maurier s nightmare of U.S opportunism will not become fact But, the dialogue in this book was weak, characters not well portrayed, scenery often her strong point not overly interesting Seemedof a polemical artifice rather than a real novel.POSTSCRIPT 6 24 16 Yesterday the UK did, in fact, vote to leave the EU Some foreboding parallels to Rule Brittania Russia is gloating anticipating an EU breakup and opportunity forRussian incursion and aggression in Europe Donald Trump, America s would be Hitler, is also gloating Scotland N Ireland are now laying plans to exit the U.K Easy to envision that if Trump gets into the White House he and his pal Putin they both say complimentary things about each other will repeat the Hitler Stalin pact remember Trump is the great deal maker with the U.S taking over Little England in exchange for Russia reoccupying the old Soviet Empire Could happen Hope not Utterly wonderful venomously anti American final novel from one of Britain s greatest writers An alliance with the US results in the unwelcome imposition of an American military base in Cornwall Local elderly eccentric rouses the nation to send the whole bunch of fascists packing.Rousing stuff which is essential reading in the current political climate of right wing rhetoric and bleating Orwellian sloganising Yes, it s dated technology has moved on since then but the message is there and I Utterly wonderful venomously anti American final novel from one of Britain s greatest writers An alliance with the US results in the unwelcome imposition of an American military base in Cornwall Local elderly eccentric rouses the nation to send the whole bunch of fascists packing.Rousing stuff which is essential reading in the current political climate of right wing rhetoric and bleating Orwellian sloganising Yes, it s dated technology has moved on since then but the message is there and I challenge any Brit with a heart not to feel the need to wipe a warm patriotic tear.Americans, of course, will hate it, as will those of a busybody nature e.g the reviewer above who gave it 1 star because of the irresponsible effect it will have on children Laugh I almost , but Real Britishers will feel it strike a chord YANKS GO HOME AND STAY THERE This is very much a book whose time has come The premise of the book is that after a short relationship with the European Community, and after a divisive national referendum, Britain decides to leave Europe Things then readily go downhill, leading to the merging of the US with the UK to form a new nation USUK However, the merger isn t really a merger It s a take over, including a military occupation What could go wrong Quite a lot as it happens The merger was brokered by a distant elite, This is very much a book whose time has come The premise of the book is that after a short relationship with the European Community, and after a divisive national referendum, Britain decides to leave Europe Things then readily go downhill, leading to the merging of the US with the UK to form a new nation USUK However, the merger isn t really a merger It s a take over, including a military occupation What could go wrong Quite a lot as it happens The merger was brokered by a distant elite, in a society of growing inequality, who didn t really care about the views of ordinary citizens It was from these people who had been left behind that the resistance first emerged Starting with a few purile pranks and a few murmors of discontent, the US Marines, fresh from defeat in Vietnam, did what we could expect them to do they over reacted At that point, matters did start to spin out of control.The book is about the early stage resistance We weren t told how it all ends up, just how it all began It has a combination of the arrogance of the occupier combined with the defiance of a community accustomed to running things their own way and it moves in from there What I did find interesting was the general lack of confidence in government, and a reversion to community based organisation when things became difficult It was also interesting to note how peaceful resistance and non compliance made this little part of the country ungovernable.It is hard to remember that this book was first published in 1972, and describes life as it was at that point We had none of the technology that we now take for granted The principal means of communication were the radio, television, and the telephone A land line at that Yet within this framework, the novel is achingly contemporary As we struggle through Brexit, a deeply divided and unequal country, with the centre dominating the periphery, one wonders from where the author derived her foresight So much of it was bang on the money, and that, in itself, recommends this book When I started reading Rule Britannia , it seemed very firmly in the cosy catastrophe sub genre It is set in rural Cornwall during the 1970s After a period of economic chaos, the UK suddenly forms a political union with America, which to the book s characters manifests itself as a very unwelcome military occupation The tale is told by Emma, a spirited but rather directionless young woman of twenty She lives with her grandmother, an eccentric retired actress, and her grandmother s six adop When I started reading Rule Britannia , it seemed very firmly in the cosy catastrophe sub genre It is set in rural Cornwall during the 1970s After a period of economic chaos, the UK suddenly forms a political union with America, which to the book s characters manifests itself as a very unwelcome military occupation The tale is told by Emma, a spirited but rather directionless young woman of twenty She lives with her grandmother, an eccentric retired actress, and her grandmother s six adopted sons For the first eighty pages or so, the narrative gently and amusingly introduces the characters and bucolic setting From then on, the story becomes a lot darker and quite gripping It asks interesting questions about the practicality and morality of resistance to occupation, making it clear that there are no easy answers This is the first Du Maurier novel I ve read and I liked the combination of frivolity and thoughtfulness in her writing The characters were entertaining but retained a certain depth and ambiguity Even Emma s apparent naivety was well tempered by the strength of her protectiveness towards her family, even in extreme circumstances In fact, the unconventional family unit rang very true to me, especially the conversations between Emma s grandmother and her father in which they constantly talked over one another Rule Britannia isn t a dystopia, but it leans slightly in that direction I would still place it in the cosy catastrophe sub genre with a side of family drama Nonetheless, it has a darkness about it as well, which kept me reading avidly Daphne never fails, engrossed from the first page.This story is so relevant to today and what is happening with Brexit.Cleverly written and what an insight to how things would change if we were taken over by another country.Makes one think Especially loved the snippets of Folly the Dalmatian who appeared throughout the novel. She never fails to impress and entertain me This was written in 1972 and Daphne, with her brilliant imagination wrote a story about Brexit and the US joining forces with the UK USUK everytime I read that it was in my head as YOUSUCK A real pageturner.


About the Author: Daphne du Maurier

If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have createdmagical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald A Portrait, a biography of her father The du Mauriers, a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers, a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains, an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful andromantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love of fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius, Rebecca and The Parasites, is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca, on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.


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