In the Bookcase


Book Review: The Apple Tree

The Apple Tree by Daphne du Maurier (5 star review)

The Apple Tree
A Short Novel and Several Long Stories

by Daphne du Maurier

264 pages // published in 1952 // Vintage gothic fiction


A classic of alienation and horror, The Birds was immortalised by Hitchcock in his celebrated film. The five other chilling stories in this collection echo a sense of dislocation and mock man's dominance over the natural world. The mountain paradise of 'Monte Verità' promises immortality, but at a terrible price; a neglected wife haunts her husband in the form of an apple tree; a professional photographer steps out from behind the camera and into his subject's life; a date with a cinema usherette leads to a walk in the cemetery; and a jealous father finds a remedy when three's a crowd . . .

My Review

5 Star Rating

Monte Verita & Victor
This two-part story may be my least favorite of the collection, perhaps because the story didn't seem so true to life. It has hints of surrealism, and is a bit detached from this earth. Still, it was good Du Maurier read.

The Birds
Wow! From its reputation, I expected a scintillating tale; but from reading it now, I'm astounded at the gigantic story that came to life on these few, short pages.

The Apple Tree
I felt like this one contains echoes of Du Maurier's Rebecca in it. The idea of being haunted from beyond the grave. This is the story of a man who cannot escape his bitter wife, even after she passes. It gave me chills. The story held me entranced, all the way to the last page. The most memorable story for me, from this collection.

The Little Photographer
Tantalizing. Dramatic. (Contains some adult themes.)

Kiss Me Again, Stranger
An intriguing tale, with a unique perspective. Enjoyable. (Contains some adult themes.)

Add to Goodreads

paperback // e-book // audio

P.S. Like and vote for this review on Goodreads and Amazon.

0 written notes {Post a Comment}:

Post a Comment