“The Birds,” Daphne du Maurier, 1952

The Birds,” Daphne du Maurier, 1952 – Hungry birds attack war veteran Nat Hocken’s town and family.  He takes war-time measures, boarding up the windows and doors, stocking provisions.  Nat imagines the attitudes of his neighbors: some will not prepare, they’ll go to the show, see it as a lark.  Others live in less-sturdy Council houses, will be dealt with easily by the birds. In the end, the local and national governments are powerless to defend themselves against Nature.  The story ends with his family barricaded in an old, sturdy house, with the never-ending ominous scrapings at the door.

Wikipedia summary: “It is the story of a farmhand, his family, and his community that are attacked by flocks of seabirds in kamikaze missions. The story is set in du Maurier native Cornwall shortly after the end of World War II. By the end of the story it has become clear that all of Britain is under aerial assault. The story was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s film of the same name, released in 1963, the same year that The Apple Tree was reprinted as The Birds and Other Stories.”

Comments: Read in Ruins of Earth.

Author: Wikipedia: “Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE (May 1907 – 19 April 1989) was a British author and playwright.”


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