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We read Frenchman's Creek for our #cremantinateacupliterarysociety , which was kindly gifted to us all by one of our lovely members @jasperfrog ❤
If someone had described this book to me beforehand, I might've said it wasn't my style - I would have been wrong!
It took me by complete surprise, I was expecting Daphne du Maurier's classic gothic narrative, but instead fell into a whirlwind of imagination.
What makes this book unusual, is that it's a swashbuckling pirate adventure, but told in du Maurier's trademark enchanting prose with a relatable love story.
I related to Dona the protagonist, and her desperate need to discover who she was and what she loved, without having to attach her worth to her children, husband and family name.
Ultimately she was completely torn between fantasy and real life.
It was evident that part of Dona's character was based on du Maurier herself, the need for escape, the urge to try a different pathway. We know now that du Maurier was bisexual, yet when she was alive she felt the need to hide that part of her life and live the way she was expected, straightforward and with her family.
The ending felt like the right one for me, which really sealed my enjoyment of the story, but I won't spoil it for you.
Some might write this tale off as selfish, reckless even, but that is a common label given to women who (even momentarily) pursue happiness over responsibility. Women - especially in this time period - were expected to be sensible and liable in way men are not.
Reading this novel itself felt like an escape into another world - a world of pirates and passion and love and adventure. This book was utterly beautiful in its originality.
'𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒌𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒏𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒊𝒅𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒓, 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒚, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒐 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓'.
What would you choose, stability or adventure?