Hungry Hill

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

  • Title: Hungry Hill
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780837604145
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ori 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

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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, reveng [...]

    3. "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 the [...]

    4. 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 Estão Chegand [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 bee [...]

    7. Once I start reading a book I want to read it to the end, and I hate giving up part way through, but that is what I've done with Hungry Hill.I've read several other novels by Daphne Du Maurier, and some are amongst my favourite reads (Jamaica Inn, Frenchmans Creek), but I just could not engage with Hungry Hill or its characters. It tells the story of a family through the generations, with history (literally) repeating itself and the main problem I have is that I don't sympathise with any of the [...]

    8. تپه گرسنه ((یکی از برجسته ترین اثار دافنه دوموریه است که به مانند ربکا وخلیج کوچک مرد فرانسوی از سنتی یکسان در توصیف وقایع پیروی میکند.این کتاب سرگذشت افراد خاصی است که ایرلندی /کاتولیک وصاحب ومالک قصرها ومعادن بودنداما در مرور زمان رو به زوال ونابودی رفته اند دافنه دو موریه د [...]

    9. I've read a few other books by du Maurier and always enjoyed them, most recently Jamaica Inn. Hungry Hill is one of several du Maurier novels that I bought awhile ago at a thrift store. It is basically an historical novel telling the story of several generations of the Brodrick family in Ireland from 1820 to 1920. When I first started reading this, I was not sure if I would finish it but the more I read, the more I was engrossed by the story. It starts out with the story of Copper John Brodrick [...]

    10. the pace was a bit slow, but it was a compelling book andI found myself crying for the last two books. Interestingly, there was never a character that you loved totally or hated completely it was both for everyone.

    11. Whilst preparing for my Du Maurier December posts, I decided that I would read her 1943 novel, Hungry Hill, rather early on. It was the book which I can safely say I was least looking forward to. I generally find du Maurier’s historical fiction rather mesmerising, but on the face of it, nothing about Hungry Hill really appealed to me at all.I love visiting Ireland, the country in which the story of Hungry Hill takes place, but I oddly do not tend to enjoy books which are set there. Largely, th [...]

    12. As she began work on this 1943 saga, du Maurier told her publisher, Victor Gollancz, that it would be 'endless, full of birth and death, and love and disaster.' Especially disaster. The story begins in 1820 as Copper John, patriarch of the Anglo-Irish Brodrick family, prepares to mine Hungry Hill for copper. Unfortunately, he neglects to ask permission of the hill first, and for the next hundred years, malevolent as Caradhras, it visits its vengeance on one generation of the family after another [...]

    13. A good story, about five generations of the Broderick family of Clonmere, Dunhaven, Ireland. It starts with Copper John in the early 1800’s when he signed to start a copper mine on Hungry Hill with his neighbor Robert Lumley. At the time he was cursed by Morty Donovan whose family was reputed to have owned the land Clonmere Castle sits on before the Broderick’s were given the land by the England Monarchs. John was a widower with 5 children, Barbara, Henry, Eliza, John & Jane – only Joh [...]

    14. I really got stuck into this family saga from Daphne du Maruier, following five generations of a family and their relationship with the mine at Hungry Hill. With du Maurier you know there's going to be tragedy in there somewhere and there are senseless deaths and senseless happenings a plenty. Despite being beautifully written, I felt somewhat depressed at the end of the novel because I didn't feel it was concluded very well and a lot of very bad things happened to people who frankly didn't dese [...]

    15. A real disappointment having read other books by the author. While the generational family saga was mildly interesting, as someone with an interest in history, I found it completely irritating that the lives of these people was completely untouched by the mammoth historical events that went on during these decades, like the Irish population being decimated by famine, and the landlords such as those depicted in this book, being a part of the reason why so many died. Also there was absolutely no r [...]

    16. This is one of Du Maurier's lesser known books. I came to it by way of the movie (1947) directed by Brian Desmond-Hurst with the screen play written by Terrance Young and Daphne du Maurier. It has a great cast including Cecil Parker and Dennis Price. The structure of the movie is considerably different from the book but after reading it I can see why. The movie still manages to capture the flavor of the book and I recommend it.Many of the reviews I've read here think the book is too plodding. It [...]

    17. I found this book difficult to finish, mainly because Daphne du Maurier's skill as a creator of characters has developed men and women who have incredible potential, but end up being incredibly disappointing. Fanny, Johnny, Henry, Hal It was easy to dislike Copper John but I found that when other characters I liked made poor choices over and over, it was hard to keep on reading. It's in keeping with the curse at the beginning of the book, which I suppose should have been my clue! Not a book I'd [...]

    18. Le Mont-Brûlé retrace la saga familiale des Brodricks, une famille anglaise installée en Irelande, dont le patriarche Copper John lance une mine de cuivre en exploitant les entrailles de la coline voisine: le fameux Mont-Brûlé. Cinq hommes différents seront à la tête de la famille et des mines, juqu’au jour fatal ou une ancienne querelle refera surface, et que vengeance sera faite.C’est un livre qui m’a un peu rappelé Zola, avec sa manière déterministe de considérer la généti [...]

    19. I received 3 Daphne du Maurier novels for my birthday, after waxing effusive about the recent film of My cousin Rachel, and remarking that I had never read a Daphne du Maurier novel (in fact I had read one, long ago, but had forgotten about it). Anyway, I'm not sure why I picked this novel first, instead of Rebecca which is much more famous ; perhaps because I didn't want it to seem an anticlimax after Rebecca, if it should be found to be a comparatively ordinary novel. I need not have been conc [...]

    20. Daphne du Maurier has long been a favourite author of mine. Hungry Hill did not disappoint. With a skill I admire, she brought to life several generations over the span of 100 years, expounding on their strengths and failures, their greed and their jealousies, while all the while Clonmere reigned on Hungry Hill.

    21. The only copy I could get from my library was large print, so I felt ridiculous reading it, but it was worth the effort. Such an amazing epic story of the Brodrick family and the tragedies that follow them for a century. Du Maurier is brilliant and this novel is just as gripping as Rebecca or Jamaica Inn.

    22. Slow to get going but beautifully and intuitively written, it is the story of two families embroiled in a feud over land, which spans more than five generations. It is set in southern Ireland and centres on a Coppermine dug deep into the bowels of Hungry Hill. The final scene brings an uneasy closure, although not before much tragedy. Heart-wrenching in parts. Glad I stuck with it!

    23. Along the same lines as The Loving Spirit, focusing on a family across several generations. Both are interesting; neither page-turners. If you want gripping atmosphere and suspense, stick to Rebecca, Scapegoat, or My Cousin Rachel. Hungry Hill, however, is full of interesting, richly layered characters. Would make a decent mini-series.

    24. On the shelves for years, so it was a good way to start a New Year of reading. I read an copy that belonged to my mother given to her by my father. 2 stars according to my ratings: see below. Didn't crave reading it but it was well done though not as good by far as other duMaurier's. An explanation of my star rating. 5= Truly cream of the crop. Amazing. In a wondrous realm of their own4= Special and well written. Truly a good/maybe great book, but not a rare 5 star wonder.3= Moments of brillianc [...]

    25. 'Hungry Hill' starts off a lot slower than the other du Maurier novels I've read; there's no amazing opening line that completely catches your attention, and for the first 5th of the book I was afraid it was going to be a dnf. But then something turned, I don't know if it was me or the story, and I was gripped. I don't think I've ever read a family saga before but if half of them are as fantastic as 'Hungry Hill', I'll be giving them a shot.My main issue with 'Hungry Hill' was I heavily disliked [...]

    26. 2.5 stars Ah, it breaks my heart that I have to give a du Maurier novel a low rating because I just love her normally. However, Hungry Hill, which has a really interesting idea behind it, just fell totally flat for me.Hungry Hill is a multi-generational tale of the Brodricks, who settle on Hungry Hill in Ireland, and the original patriarch establishes a mine on the hill, which is cursed by the original family who lived there, the Donovans. The novel then follows down the male line of the family, [...]

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