Un bel mattino

Un bel mattino Poldrea piccola localit adagiata sulle coste della Cornovaglia una mattinata qualsiasi nel futuro prossimo ai primi di novembre Un incessante ru di elicotteri in volo turba la quiete del luogo di

  • Title: Un bel mattino
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9788817135979
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poldrea, piccola localit adagiata sulle coste della Cornovaglia, una mattinata qualsiasi, nel futuro prossimo, ai primi di novembre.Un incessante ru di elicotteri in volo turba la quiete del luogo, di l a poco un folto gruppo di soldati, di nazionalit incerta, comincia a risalire dalla spiaggia verso l interno segue uno sparoQuesto l inizio della vicenda che vePoldrea, piccola localit adagiata sulle coste della Cornovaglia, una mattinata qualsiasi, nel futuro prossimo, ai primi di novembre.Un incessante ru di elicotteri in volo turba la quiete del luogo, di l a poco un folto gruppo di soldati, di nazionalit incerta, comincia a risalire dalla spiaggia verso l interno segue uno sparoQuesto l inizio della vicenda che vedr coinvolti gli abitanti di casa Trevenal, ovvero l anziana Mad, sua nipote Emma e i sei ragazzi adottati Joe, Terry, Sam, Andy, Colin e Ben

    One thought on “Un bel mattino”

    1. Hmmmm. Not Daphne's best ever. Weirdly contorted historical 'what if' in which US invade, though seemingly initially invited by the British Government, and by their high handed approach and attempt to 'americanize' Britain it all goes horribly wrong. The concept, once again, could have been enthralling and in the hands of the normally unfaltering du Maurier should have been but the whole story was just unconvincing. Not so much the overall theme which was, after all, a flight of fancy but just t [...]

    2. Marines at ManderleyThe entry into Europe was a flop, a disaster… So what happened? A general election with the country hopelessly divided, then a referendum, and finally the Coalition Government we have today, which has seized on the idea of USUK as a drowning man clutches at a straw.Frankly, Daphne du Maurier's final novel is a minor work, probably only three stars for most readers. Yet to me personally, it rises to four stars going on five. It was published in 1972, the year I moved to Amer [...]

    3. daphne du maurier gifted us with a strange last novel, and i wouldn't expect anything less from her. it is a macabre satire with murder and mayhem, and coloured by the politics of du maurier in her last years. she asks, what if britain had joined the european common market only to be bankrupted by it, and saw no other alternative but to unify with their once rebellious sons in north america, and form a new country, the USUK?("you suck" seems intended, especially with the potential currency, the [...]

    4. Far from her best. Glad this wasn't her first that I read or I wouldn't read any more. A slog. Ironically, in 3 weeks from now a British Brexit referendum will decide whether Britain stays or leaves the EU ironic, because this novel, from the early 70's, is premised upon the consequences of a (fantasy) British decision, back then, to leave. The consequence was a sort of anschluss (US 'takeover' of the UK, falsely promoted as voluntary - sort of like Germany's takeover of Austria back in the 30' [...]

    5. When I started reading 'Rule Britannia', it seemed very firmly in the 'cosy catastrophe' sub-genre. It is set in rural Cornwall during the 1970s. After a period of economic chaos, the UK suddenly forms a political union with America, which to the book's characters manifests itself as a very unwelcome military occupation. The tale is told by Emma, a spirited but rather directionless young woman of twenty. She lives with her grandmother, an eccentric retired actress, and her grandmother's six adop [...]

    6. This is the story of Emma (English region in Cornwall) who wakes up one morning to discover that the world is completely upside down: there is no correspondence, telephone and radio do not work, a warship is docked in the port and there are American soldiers advancing toward the house. What happens is that the action of the novel takes place in the future, a future in which Britain withdrew from the European Common Market, is on the verge of economic collapse and concluded that his only salvatio [...]

    7. Utterly wonderful venomously anti-American final novel from one of Britain's greatest writers. An alliance with the US results in the unwelcome imposition of an American military base in Cornwall. Local elderly eccentric rouses the nation to send the whole bunch of fascists packing.Rousing stuff which is essential reading in the current political climate of right-wing rhetoric and bleating Orwellian sloganising. Yes, it's dated (technology has moved on since then) but the message is there and I [...]

    8. J'ai rarement terminé une lecture aussi retournée Ce dernier roman emporte le lecteur aux côtés de Mad et de sa tribu qui vivent un Brexit avant l'heure : en 2000, l'Angleterre a quitté l'Europe et forme une fédération avec les USA qui envahissent le pays et particulièrement ce coin de Cornouailles où leur installation tient rapidement de l'occupation Au fil des pages, Daphné propose une réflexion intéressante et non dénuée de sens sur le monde et la politique mais aussi la vie. A [...]

    9. Franchement pas le meilleur de Du Maurier. Bien que sa plume soit toujours aussi savoureuse, ici l'histoire n'est vraiment pas passionnante et elle est vraiment trainée en longueur Je ne suis pas sûre de reprendre ma lecture un jour !

    10. So prescientLovely book to read. Who would have thought that she would have foretold the ructions of the current day all the way back then.

    11. This is very much a book whose time has come. The premise of the book is that after a short relationship with the European Community, and after a divisive national referendum, Britain decides to leave Europe. Things then readily go downhill, leading to the merging of the US with the UK to form a new nation: USUK. However, the merger isn't really a merger. It's a take over, including a military occupation. What could go wrong?Quite a lot as it happens. The merger was brokered by a distant elite, [...]

    12. Du Maurier’s novel is difficult to classify. I almost want to identify it as a young adult novel, since many of the novel’s main characters are under the age of twenty. Even the various adults who appear and disappear throughout the novel are childlike in appearance and action. At times, the reader feels as if the children are the ones in charge here, since they seem to have the most dominant presence. Of the the seven or so du Maurier novels I’ve so far read, this is by far the wackiest i [...]

    13. Daphne du Maurier's "Rule Britannia" was one of my favorite books in high school. I recently reread it and didn't find it quite what I remembered. Still funny, but not quite as funny (except the character of Ben; he was just as funny as I remembered). Still witty, but not quite as witty. The story begins when twenty-year-old Emma awakens one morning to find no telephone service, a warship in the harbor of her peaceful Cornwall town, and US troops walking the streets. Great Britain has pulled out [...]

    14. This was the first du Maurier I ever read. I was 14, and I found it on a hotel bookshelf on a family drive down through France. We were only at the hotel for one night, so I just took it with me because I loved it so much. Some books you can revisit at a later stage of life and they're just as good. Some you can't.Rule Britannia is alternate history. It's set in Cornwall, and opens with the US army arriving to 'protect' us following a merger/takeover. Britain is to become the USUK, and operate l [...]

    15. I always loved Daphne du Maurier althought curiously I know very little about woman herself.Recently I found this cute little book,one of her last and I read it with great pleasure - althought a bit surprised as it is xenophobic: the story is set in a small corner of Cornwall where US marines come along and locals are against them. The main character is elderly actress who has house full of adopted children and rules them all with firm & eccentric hand. Somehow they all end up in arms (liter [...]

    16. I love Daphne DuMaurier. Simply put, I will read anything she wrote. It is always a good investment of time, as she knows how to craft a story, a character, a chapter and even a sentence to perfection. Rule Britannia was a little different from her more popular fare. To me, it was still quite interesting. The premise of the UK needing financial help and seeking a "partnership" with the US was quite an intriguing one. Thus begins the struggle of one super power with another in a seemingly equal p [...]

    17. Have always loved the author's books. This is a new one for me and I was initially doubtful because it was a "futuristic" type story written in early 70's. But the storytelling is superb. Told by a 20 year old young woman in a household of an aging grandmother and a group of adopted young boys, living on the coast of Cornwall. The UK has left the Europeans and bonded with the USA in order to save the country from ruin. A "union" of the two was devised, but the Americans seem to make it an occupa [...]

    18. This book has an unusual premise- the U.S. takes over the U.K. with a thinly disguised plan to unite the two countries for economic reasons. The protagonist is 20 year old Emma, who wavers between following the rules and following her madcap grandmother's resistance efforts. Madam is a retired grand dame of the stage who has taken in six orphan boys. She is not a strict disciplinarian, and the household is rambunctious, which tries Emma's patience at times. The novel is full of colorful characte [...]

    19. I would call this book an Enid Blyton for adults. It was written with similar social circles and characters as Famous Five or Secret Seven books which I found amusing and nostalgic. The plot takes place in Cornwall at the time when Britain was considering joining the European Common Market and the results of not joining present the opportunity for the Americans to form an alliance with all the English speaking countries of the world.The results provide a sleepy village with challenges and opport [...]

    20. 3.5 stars - I really enjoyed this book totally unique concept of the Uk being taken over by the Us to form a union called USUK. The story is told from the perspective of 20y/o Emma who lives with her grandmother and her grandmothers 6 adopted children. One morning without any prior warning they awake early to find US soldiers everywhere. The story follows the fall out. How the citizens of this seaside village deal with this some embrace it others suspect that all is not what it seems- it is not [...]

    21. This was such a surprise, not least because I thought I had heard of all du Maurier's books, and read most of them. But this, her last, was new to meWritten in the early seventies and set in a fictional late seventies, it tells the story of a few days in the life of one eccentric family in Cornwall, when the Americans 'invade' and the State of USUK is set up.By turns hilarious, banal and profound, prescient and muddle-headed, naive and knowing, make no mistake - there is darkness at the heart of [...]

    22. Not my usual thing what with the heavy focus on politics and the military but the fact it was tied into a domestic setting made it an enjoyable read overall. It was very chilling to see how normal life was turned upside down by the situation that unfolded. To be honest I'd probably enjoy reading the dullest of books if rewritten in the style of Daphne du Maurier and her writing was as flawless as ever in this novel.

    23. From the author of "Rebecca" and "The Birds". First published (1972)a few years after "The Troubles" started again in Northern Ireland, du Maurier gives the British a taste of what it would be like if a more powerful nation (the United States) occupied Great Britian as a "friendly" force. The moral (I took away) was that the United States will pretty much invade anyone as soon as Football Season is over. Very entertaining.

    24. Wow, what can I say. This last book by du Maurier really shows her feelings toward the United States. I think she can be excused because, a. she was getting old and b. probably forgot how we saved Britains butt in WWII!Other than the premise, it is still a mess. The characters are strange, not much setting, and the story is all over the place. Other than that, it is readable and easy to understand.

    25. This was a cool book. I read it years ago. Daphne du Maurier is a favorite author of mine. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes the "what if" scenarios. This was du Maurier's second book and was written in 1932.written between the world wars, but in this era of uncertainty and terrorism, I think it is even more profound. You'll enjoy it.

    26. Really enjoyed this one from the first to the last page, the story is fascinating, we get attached really quickly to the protagonists, the style is beautiful and it is a turnpager. I loved the ideas and thoughts proposed by the author, especially when we know this was her last book. Second time reading Daphné du Maurier and Can't wait to read her others créations.

    27. Big fan of Du Maurier and her sweeping Cornish landscapes, mystery and intrigue. We had plenty of that in Rule Britannia, but the insinuation of an American invasion on Cornish soil all felt feintly ridiculous and seemed more an opportunity for her to throw a right hook at the American nation and their imperialistic ideals, than to shock and surprise with murder, mystery and suspense.

    28. J'ai apprécié tous les romans que j'ai lu de cet auteur, excepté Mad. Je n'ai pas accroché à l'histoire, ni aux personnages

    29. I think it was about US Marines landing on the Cornish coast, and the locals not being too keen, or something. Just not for me. Abandoned.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *