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The King's General Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jan 1995

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; abridged edition edition (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745143733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745143736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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No other popular writer has so triumphantly defied classification ... She satisfied all the questionable criteria of popular fiction, and yet satisfied the exacting requirements of "real literature", something very few novelists ever do -- Margaret Forster She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Daphne du Maurier was born in 1906 and educated at home and in Paris. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. She was made a DBE in 1969 and died in 1989. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Thank you for sending this book and it arrived when the site said that it would. What is very cool is being a descendant of the "Rashleigh Family," (who are one of the main characters mentioned in the book) my Grandmother Violet was the oldest of her side of the Rashleigh family that immigrated to Canada in 1900's. Reading about previous descendants of the 15 or 16 century is very interesting. Me, being the family historian for my generation of "the family;" this book is very interesting and has filled in some of the gaps that I have learned about our family. This classic book is well written Daphne Du Maurier, however her style of writing and prose takes a while to grasp what information that she wants you to learn. This is a great "summer reading book" and I'm so enjoying it, being middle way through the book!
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Format: Audio Cassette
Daphne de Maurier is an excellent and elegant writer. Her writing is the kind that you will stick forever in your memory. The book was not your everyday love story; the book encompasses the Era of the English Civil War. With an American background the story is still quite easy to relate to. The story is told in first person through the eyes of Honor Harris. She portrays Honor as an amazingly insightful person, who is mentally strong and self-reliant. Her beauty lay on the inside, very much unlike another character, Gartred who could be described as being blunt and beautiful. The crippled Honor who refuses her lover frustrates the reader and brings longing to the novel. The lack of detail, particularly in the beginning keeps the reader turning pages. The story unfolds through concealed dialect between the characters. You will find mystery, romance, adventure, and comedy all tied in together. The relationship between Honor and her love Sir Richard Grenville, who depends on her to be there for him during the trying times of the war, is strong and steady. Sir Richard Grenville is reckless and wild while trying to manage his troops and long for his lover. All the twists tie in so perfectly together and make for an unforgettable read.
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Format: Paperback
Set during the English Civil War of the 1640's, du Maurier retells a lesser known bit of Cornish history as an elderly Honor Harris reflects back on her life and love. Wooed by the charming, irascible but extremely flawed Richard Grenvile, eighteen year old Honor loses her heart and prepares to marry Richard until an accident permanently cripples her from the waist down. Richard and Honor separate, but meet years later during the Civil War as he is now the King's General in the West as they fight the Parliamentarian rebels - although not all the Royalists think too highly of Richard's high-handed approach to prisoners and discipline. While Honor refuses to marry Richard, her feelings for him are as strong as before and they begin a most unusual relationship as the tides of war ebb and flow around them.

Honor takes up residence at Menabilly, the family home of Honor's brother-in-law Jonathan Rashleigh and things soon begin to go bump in the night in typical du Maurier fashion - mysterious comings and goings, a secret door, a mystery floorboard in the summerhouse and..... well more than that, I'm not telling - read it for yourself. du Maurier once again weaves a magical tale, albeit this time with real-life characters. The dialogue between Richard and Honor sizzles off the pages, as does the enmity between Honor and Richard's sister - and boy can those two swap some memorable barbs. The scene where those two sat and played at cards and witty repartee as the rebels sacked Menabilly to its bare walls was just brilliant, as was the bit when Richard over indulged in dinner and wine and called the troops back after retiring - simply priceless.

All in all a very unusual love story and an interesting glimpse at a footnote in Cornish history.
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Excellent company . Highly recommended. They go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction.
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Not up to Rebecca or my cousin rachael or the loving spirit...quite dissappointed.
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