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Hungry Hill I Tell You Your Mine Will Be In Ruins And Your Home Destroyed And Your Children Forgotten But This Hill Will Be Standing Still To Confound You So Curses Morty Donovan When Copper John Brodrick Builds His Mine At Hungry Hill The Brodricks Of Clonmere Gain Great Wealth By Harnessing The Power Of Hungry Hill And Extracting The Treasure It Holds The Donovans, The Original Owners Of Clonmere Castle, Resent The Brodricks Success, And Consider The Great House And Its Surrounding Land Theirs By Rights For Generations The Feud Between The Families Has Simmered, Always Threatening To Break Into Violence


About the Author: Daphne du Maurier

If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have createdmagical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald A Portrait, a biography of her father The du Mauriers, a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers, a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains, an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful andromantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love of fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius, Rebecca and The Parasites, is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca, on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.



10 thoughts on “Hungry Hill

  1. says:

    Hungry Hill, Daphne du Maurier 1907 1989 Hungry Hill is a novel by prolific British author Daphne du Maurier, published in 1943 It was her seventh novel There have been 33 editions of the book printed This family saga is based on the history of the Irish ancestors of Daphne du Maurier s friend Christopher Puxley The family resembles the Puxleys who owned mines in Allihies, a parish in County Cork The story spans the century from 1820 to 1920 following five male characters from a family o Hungry Hill, Daphne du Maurier 1907 1989 Hungry Hill is a novel by prolific British author Daphne du Maurier, published in 1943 It was her seventh novel There have been 33 editions of the book printed This family saga is based on the history of the Irish ancestors of Daphne du Maurier s friend Christopher Puxley The family resembles the Puxleys who owned mines in Allihies, a parish in County Cork The story spans the century from 1820 to 1920 following five male characters from a family of Anglo Irish landowners, the Brodricks, who live in a castle called Clonmere It is divided into five sub books and an epilogue Each section covers part of the life of an heir The sections include Book One Copper John, 1820 1828 Book Two Greyhound John, 1828 1837 Book Three Wild Johnnie, 1837 1858 Book Four Henry, 1858 1874 Book Five Hal, 1874 1895 Epilogue The Inheritance, 1920 1990 1368 488 1377 9645998212 20


  2. says:

    I came across this book on a market stall whilst in West Wales just recently, purchased it and I loved it This incredible but strangely convoluted book divided into five books with an epilogue , is a magnificent family saga of five generations of Brodricks, Irish landowners, and spans the period 1820 1920 I ve always been fascinated by sagas and to see the mix of individuals who end up in the ever changing gene pool down through history The unravelling mixture of passions, revenge, hate, I came across this book on a market stall whilst in West Wales just recently, purchased it and I loved it This incredible but strangely convoluted book divided into five books with an epilogue , is a magnificent family saga of five generations of Brodricks, Irish landowners, and spans the period 1820 1920 I ve always been fascinated by sagas and to see the mix of individuals who end up in the ever changing gene pool down through history The unravelling mixture of passions, revenge, hate, love, death, sadness and disappointment make up the fabric of this mesmerising book John Brodrick, a widower whose wife Sarah had died a few years before, lives in Clonmere Castle in Dunhaven, Ireland and with his neighbour Robert Lumley, living at Castle Andriff, enter into a partnership agreement for the nearby copper mine on Hungry Hill And that s when the problems start for this land had originally belonged to the Donovan family and Monty Donovan, as soon as he hears about the opening of this mine, is intent to destroy it in one way or another The Donovan family s hatred continues throughout the book and there are some rather dreadful incidents due to this.Brodrick known as Copper John and he s a force to be reckoned with He doesn t care who he tramples on but strangely enough I found him to be the cornerstone of this work When he loses his first born Henry, who dies eighteen months after succumbing to a chill after helping his father out with problems at the mine, Brodrick hardens evenDisappointment then continues to flow throughout his life, starting with the weakness of his second son, John known as Greyhound John , who certainly has no interest in the mines and isinterested in breeding and racing his greyhounds.The genes, however, then kick into action and will make new changes in future generations when John sets eyes on Fanny Rosa The only thing that matters to John was this that never in his life had he set eyes on anything quite so lovely as Simon Flower s daughter Fanny Rosa.She leads him a merry dance as he vainly pursues her and can clearly see that she has the choice of so many men, but then unexpectedly she decides to marry him It could possibly be due to the fact that she had found out he would eventually be the owner of the Clonmere Estate John happened to love his wife too much and I think that the author was very wise in killing him off, so that he would be remembered regardless At least , he thought, if I have been the dullest of the Brodricks, I have also been the happiest Wild Johnnie the son of John and Fanny Rosa is also thoroughly mixed up, insecure and ends up with a very unfortunate end In one hand he clutched an empty bottle, and in the other, the New Testament As for Fanny Rosa, she s an exceptional individual and one is never too sure what she s thinking, but she s a fabulous character, lives in utter bedlam, confusion and a joy to read In the end she runs off to Nice in France and well, it s certainly a turn up for the books with her final outcome She also turns out to have an addiction and not of the best kind.Henry is the exact opposite of his mother Fanny Rosa and his brother Johnnie, and lives sedately with his kind and thoughtful wife Katherine, who is also somewhat intriguing like Fanny Rosa Before marrying Henry, there is a hint that there s a mutual attraction between herself and Johnnie but then he disappears off the scene Whenever Johnnie was mentioned, tears would come to her eyes Was Henry aware of this and perhaps this is why he stated shortly afterwards How unlike Katherine to have tears she who never gave way, who was so calm, so quiet It was not possible that she should have anything on her mind this sentence incensed me But when he had read her the chapter of the novel, and had laid it aside, he leant over and taking her in his arms, he said, searching her eyes, and feeling for the words, Tell me, darling, tell me the truth are you happy with me It s also interesting to see how the author can change tempo so easily to gradually end up in the twentieth century with The Inheritance to go the full circle and for John Henry, returning from the war and wishing to return to Clonmere, to see the violence that was so alive in Ireland at that time.This work enthralled me, as it was racy, exciting and you never knew what could happen next Also there is so much detail so that one is completely in tune with what is going on Anticipation is a wonderful thing and I spent several late nights reading it Just as well that I was on holiday When I finished the last page, all I could think was, well Daphne du Maurier, you have succeeded again with such a spell binding book How do you manage to have such a wonderful imagination and magical writing style in that your work just lives on and on


  3. says:

    This id not definitely my favorite book written by Dame du Maurier This book is very low paced and I haven t felt so engaged into the narrative compared with her other books.5 Rebecca5 The Glass Blowers4 Mary Anne4 Jamaica Inn5 The House on the Strand5 Frenchman s Creek5 The King s General3 The Years Between4 Don t Look Now5 My Cousin Rachel4 The Parasites4 The Flight of the Falcon4 The Birds3 September Tide A Play3 The Blue Lenses and Other Stories3 Os Americanos Est o Chegando This id not definitely my favorite book written by Dame du Maurier This book is very low paced and I haven t felt so engaged into the narrative compared with her other books.5 Rebecca5 The Glass Blowers4 Mary Anne4 Jamaica Inn5 The House on the Strand5 Frenchman s Creek5 The King s General3 The Years Between4 Don t Look Now5 My Cousin Rachel4 The Parasites4 The Flight of the Falcon4 The Birds3 September Tide A Play3 The Blue Lenses and Other Stories3 Os Americanos Est o Chegando3 The Doll Short Stories3 The Rendezvous and Other Stories3 The ScapegoatTR Vanishing Cornwall The Spirit and History of CornwallTR Myself When Young The Shaping of a WriterTR Enchanted Cornwall Her Pictorial MemoirTR JuliusTR The Winding StairTR The Infernal World of Branwell BronteTR I ll Never Be Young AgainTR The Breaking Point


  4. says:

    So this to me is not a typical Daphne du Maurier novel There are hints of some Gothic elements here and there with a curse being flung about But other than that, du Maurier just follows along following five generations of the Brodrick family from 1820 to 1920 following five of the male characters from the Brodrick family I have to say that from beginning to end the tale of Hungry Hill is going to grab you And you start to wonder if a curse is really what is affecting certain members of the So this to me is not a typical Daphne du Maurier novel There are hints of some Gothic elements here and there with a curse being flung about But other than that, du Maurier just follows along following five generations of the Brodrick family from 1820 to 1920 following five of the male characters from the Brodrick family I have to say that from beginning to end the tale of Hungry Hill is going to grab you And you start to wonder if a curse is really what is affecting certain members of the family or is it simply fate I loved the writing, the character development, the setting, and ultimately the ending It seems that in the end, the last male surviving member of that family has changed his family s fate Hungry Hill starts off following a man that is named Cooper John due to the cooper mine he opens up on Hungry Hill Cooper John is a widower with two sons Henry and John and three daughters Cooper John is focused on enlarging his family s castle called Clonmere and having enough money left to take care of his children s children I don t think that Cooper John was a bad man, but he is very black and white on things and he loves his children though he is often left confused and frustrated with his second eldest son, also named John From there, du Maurier follows the rest of the family line and the book is broken up into parts From Cooper John we follow Greyhound John, Wild Johnnie, Henry, Hal, and finally we go into the last book called The Inheritance.I have to say that all of the sections were fascinating I don t think you will come away liking most of the people in this book, but you will love reading about them I think my favorite book though had to be the one with Henry My least favorite as much as one was my least favorite was the one with Hal I don t want to get into talking too much and spoiling things, but you have to wonder at times if only so and so happened this may have meant a different fate for the characters that follow Except for the character of Greyhound John, I don t think that any in the Brodrick family loved the land truly And even then with him, he lost interest in it as soon as he finally gets the woman he has desired The Donovan family is another big piece of this book and we find out at the beginning of the book, Cooper John s grandfather was shot in the back by a Donovan And the Donovan s of the present seem focused on ruining Cooper John and his family s fortune There seems to be parts superstition and just plain rage towards the Brodrick s and I wonder if du Maurier contemplated showing their side of the story at all The writing was so good I honestly felt sad when I got to the end I would have loved to read on about this family past the 1920s The flow was great too From book to book it makes sense who we follow and why and I always loved books where I can follow characters through decades.The setting of this book is Ireland in the late 1800s and the first World War I have to say that it read as different to me than what I expected I don t know what I thought about Ireland back then, but I honestly didn t know anything about cooper mines existing there The ending of the book though gives a glimmer that a new change is finally coming to the Brodrick clan and with that the end of the supposed curse


  5. says:

    I have the silver, you have the land Du Maurier recounts the lives of several generations of the Brodrick family, landholders in Dunhaven Ireland starting in 1820 when Copper John Brodrick cements a deal to start a copper mine at the base of Hungry Hill John s main priorities are the business and its profits, with little concern for the day to day welfare of the miners and their families enflaming a long standing family grudge that leads to a curse on the Brodrick family The story of theI have the silver, you have the land Du Maurier recounts the lives of several generations of the Brodrick family, landholders in Dunhaven Ireland starting in 1820 when Copper John Brodrick cements a deal to start a copper mine at the base of Hungry Hill John s main priorities are the business and its profits, with little concern for the day to day welfare of the miners and their families enflaming a long standing family grudge that leads to a curse on the Brodrick family The story of the family continues with subsequent generations as Copper John s sons and his grandsons battle to maintain the mines and the family fortune with the fluctuating price of copper and tin, along with their own personal and mental battles The story finally culminates in 1920 as the last of the line John Henry returns from the Great War in 1920 to reclaim the family estate and finds himself unwittingly involved in the Irish rebellion with unexpected consequences to him and the family home Clonmere Overall, this was quite a good read despite a stereotyped character or two it was written in the 1940s and a storyline a bit on the predictable side While it might not appeal as much to those readers used to Du Maurier s usual fare, i.e Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, her writing is superb and understated as always and IMO raises this from a three to a four star read as the reader sees the viewpoint of both the Landholder and the difficulties of the Irish tenants Still tops with me in multi generational family sagas is Susan Howatch s Cashelmara don t miss it


  6. says:

    One of my favorite kind of books a long family tragic saga spanning multiple generations When Copper John opens a mine on Hungry Hill in the town of Doonhaven against pretty much the whole community s will he invites a curse from a rival family, the Donovan s Passed down through each generation of successive John s and Henry s, one horrible thing after another happens to the family that extends to those brought into the family by marriage also, not just blood The opposition to the mine as a One of my favorite kind of books a long family tragic saga spanning multiple generations When Copper John opens a mine on Hungry Hill in the town of Doonhaven against pretty much the whole community s will he invites a curse from a rival family, the Donovan s Passed down through each generation of successive John s and Henry s, one horrible thing after another happens to the family that extends to those brought into the family by marriage also, not just blood The opposition to the mine as a main plot point was fitting to read now with the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline happening right now A fantastic novel She s quick becoming one of my favorite authors


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    I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to read du Maurier s Hungry Hill I wanted to read something different from her best known works and thought that a family saga might make an interesting story.Well it did An interesting, but, also a tragic and depressing story The story of the Brodrick family and their life in Ireland from 1820 to 1920 The story opens with the patriarch John Brodrick, called Copper John However we immediately know that the family has I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to read du Maurier s Hungry Hill I wanted to read something different from her best known works and thought that a family saga might make an interesting story.Well it did An interesting, but, also a tragic and depressing story The story of the Brodrick family and their life in Ireland from 1820 to 1920 The story opens with the patriarch John Brodrick, called Copper John However we immediately know that the family has been in Ireland for a few generations and that one of the Brodrick man ended up being killed by a member of the Donovan family and the feud is still very much open In fact one could say that the story begins with a Donovan cursing Copper John and all his children.I tell you your mine will be in ruins and your home destroyed and your children forgotten but this hill will be standing still to confound you.Copper John is a man of progress He lives in Clonmere with his five children and has decided he will open a mine on Hungry Hill Although the land belongs to his partner it is Copper John who runs the mine and makes it a success Hungry Hill ends up being their fortune.However the Brodricks are never well accepted by the locals Something neither Copper John nor Henry, his oldest son, are very worried about but that his second son, John soon realises and feels uncomfortable with Trouble with the miners leads Henry to fall ill and eventually die John becomes his father heir but he is only interested in his dogs Even after he marries and has children his interest is only in what gives him pleasure and he leaves all boring and tiresome decisions to his carefree and temperamental wife Fanny Rosa It is an interesting thing that John seems like a sympathetic character in the beginning He understands the way the locals think and anticipates the troubles his father is going to have But he becomesandof a dreamer and his marriage makes him evenselfish and detached from the reality he finds tiresome.John also dies young He tries to end the feud with the Donovans and catches diphtheria His children are still young and are left in the care of their mother It is his oldest son, Johnnie, who eventually succeeds Copper John The mines are still making them rich and Johnnie, a bit the image of his own mother, thinks only of his own pleasure He lacks any self control, which brings him very little friends and it is only when he falls in love with his brother Henry s fianc e that he realises he leads an empty life He makes friends with the Donovans and once again that association does not end well It seems the Donovans never forget which side they are on despite the Brodricks trying to end the feud Johnnie eventually dies of an alcohol overdoseIt s his brother Henry that becomes the head of the family Nothing like Johnnie he is profoundly in love with his wife and cares for his children and his business One can say that if his father s marriage made him a worse person, Henry s marriage made him a better one When his wife dies giving birth to their fourth child he is unable to cope with the reality of his life without her His second marriage ruins his relationship with his children, with his friends and leaves only a shrewd and cold businessman.His son Hal, enjoyed a close relationship with his mother and ends feeling rejected by his father He knows his father thinks of him as a failure and the insecurity that comes out of that never lets him pursue his dream of painting and eventually sees him as a clerk in his own family s company And once again it is a Donovan that leads to his death, still has a young man He has time to see the mine come to an end though other markets and raw materials make it unprofitable and after being sold the mine at Hungry Hill is finally closed We next see Hal s son, who was two when his father died, go back to the family home as an adult He happens to find himself drinking with the wrong company in a period of civil war and the Donovan curse that started this story is finally fulfilled and his home his destroyed Would the Brodrick family fate have been different had Copper John asked the Hill for permission before opening the mine I loved du Maurier s writing and I suppose that is what made the difference in a story where there are so few nice characters and quite a number of them are nasty villains The richest the Brodrick men become the weaker and tortured they seem to become too But she made me interested and engaged in what happened to them and I could easily have kept on reading for another generation or two


  8. says:

    Relentlessly downbeat, woodenly written.


  9. says:

    The trouble is that goodness dies, and lies buried in the earth Cleverness passes on and becomes degenerate.Historical fiction at its best Intertwined with Daphne du Maurier s observations of human nature A family saga that reminded me about precious House Series by Norah Loft The people don t want to be understood, it would spoil their sense of injustice They revel in their wrongs.What can I add Must read for fans of historical fiction and or family sagas and or du Maurier Although there w The trouble is that goodness dies, and lies buried in the earth Cleverness passes on and becomes degenerate.Historical fiction at its best Intertwined with Daphne du Maurier s observations of human nature A family saga that reminded me about precious House Series by Norah Loft The people don t want to be understood, it would spoil their sense of injustice They revel in their wrongs.What can I add Must read for fans of historical fiction and or family sagas and or du Maurier Although there was less du Maurier as you may know from My Cousin Rachel or I ll Never Be Young Again He wanted to lose the memory of that world they wished to hold it.Nonetheless, as you can see from my quotes du Maurier it was And I love her message What was John Henry like we all are but the outcome of the years


  10. says:

    I kept hoping things would improve for this family Not my favorite of this author s but I did enjoy it


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