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Birds, the (1952) [Short Story]
by Daphne du Maurier Rating: Weighted - 8.7 / Average - 8.8 of 10 (5 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

The idea for this famous story came to her one day when she was walking across to Menabilly Barton farm from the house. She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field whilst above him the seagulls were diving and wheeling. She developed the 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 idea appealed to Hitchcock who turned it into the celebrated film. Daphne disliked the film and particularly disliked the translation of the setting from Cornwall, with its small fields and stone hedges, to small-town America.

Originally published in the October issue of Good Housekeeping.

Also appears in the August 1982 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and in the collection The Apple Tree (also published as The Birds and Other Stories).

Original title: The Birds
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorAnimals Run Rampant, Werewolves

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Apple Tree, the (1952) [Collection]
      Author: Daphne du Maurier


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