The King's General

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The highly anticipated reissue of the du Maurier classics American fans have been waiting for

"Daphne du Maurier has no equal."
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As civil war rages across England, the weak prove their courage and the privileged become traitors

In this sweeping, bittersweet saga, spellbinding author Daphne du Maurier recreates a most memorable and true love story. Honor Harris was glorious and vivacious. Sir ...

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Overview

The highly anticipated reissue of the du Maurier classics American fans have been waiting for

"Daphne du Maurier has no equal."
Sunday Telegraph

As civil war rages across England, the weak prove their courage and the privileged become traitors

In this sweeping, bittersweet saga, spellbinding author Daphne du Maurier recreates a most memorable and true love story. Honor Harris was glorious and vivacious. Sir Richard Grenville was a dashing colonel and a knight. They meet on the evening of her eighteenth birthday at the Duke of Buckingham's great ball and fall deeply in love.

Soon afterward tragedy strikes and they are separated by betrayal and war. Decades later, an undaunted Sir Richard, now a general serving King Charles I, finds her. Finally they can share their passion in the ruins of a great estate on the storm-tossed Cornish coast—one last time before being torn apart, never to embrace again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385049009
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1985

Meet the Author

Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel Rebecca made her one of the most successful writers of her time. Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of the book won the Best Picture Oscar in 1940. He later used her material for The Birds. In 1969, du Maurier was created a Dame of the British Empire.

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  • Posted April 25, 2015

    more from this reviewer

    AudioBook Review:  Stars  Overall 5  Narration 4  Story 5  Daph

    AudioBook Review:  Stars  Overall 5  Narration 4  Story 5 

    Daphne du Maurier is a writer second to none, and one of the reasons that I have an obsession with historical fiction and romance:
    from the titles I read in high school and college, to the classic Rebecca, the quality of the prose, description and characters are
    exemplary. 

    In The King’s General, we have traveled back to the English Civil War, and are presented with a story that highlights war, loss, love and
     scenes from a Cornish perspective.  Far different from others I have read, this perspective brings with it a clear visualization of the
     setting and horrors of war, as well as the overlying grief and terror of the citizens. 

    Honor Harris is the heroine of the story, and she is reflecting back on her life and love as she details her life and love in a time of war. At
    eighteen, she met and fell in love with a young Richard Greenville.  Honor, at this point, even with her own polishing up of her
    personality, was a typical woman of her time, a bit selfish and self-driven although highly uninformed about the realities of life.  Richard
     is a single-minded young man, one who will rise to prominence in the army of Charles I, and isn’t always a wonderful archetypal
     romantic figure.  But, these two share a grand passion, one that survives Honor’s tragic accident that left her a paraplegic and her
    subsequent refusal to see Richard again.  

    From her hideaway in her brother-in-laws home after her accident start to reveal the intrigues buried within the story: in a time of civil
    war where intrigues are plentiful, and one never is certain which side is right, or which action will aid in bringing about the end of
    hostilities, the intrigue and mystery add to the larger picture of a country at war, and are detailed and described with accuracy.  Dialogue
     plays a huge part in this story: Honor and Richard’s conversation are well detailed: one could be sitting at the table watching the back
     and forth of the players, enjoying the comic and biting moments.  

    With a chance meeting of Honor and Richard years later show the feelings and passion have not waned, Honor is unwilling to saddle
    Richard with ‘a cripple’, but their passions and relationship continue in varying ways throughout the remainder of Honor’s story:
    emotional, sensual and wholly passionate this is writing at its finest.  The ability to portray and present passion and emotion that is all
    encompassing and tactile is the sign of a wonderful book, and even through the slower moments where battles and war are detailed,
    the promise of returning to that passion has readers glued to the pages, waiting patiently. 

    Narration in this story is provided by Juliet Stevenson, and her portrayal of the elder Honor relating her life story misses nothing. With
    appropriate accents, pitch and tone, Stevenson brings Honor to life, and allows readers to bask in the emotion of the moment, revel in
     the interactions between characters, and appreciate the growth and knowledge that Honor gains as her story progresses.  With subtle
    changes to delineate characters, utilizing the emotion and tension presented in the writing without excess emoting, this was a listen that
     was meant to be savored and enjoyed, and enjoy it I did.  

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:
    all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    kewl book!

    solid book for those having a strong mind and devil's heart.its a fab book with a combination of in-felt love and military brilliance of the king's general.overall worth reading

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