The Glass-Blowers

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The Glass Blowers Perhaps we shall not see each other again I will write to you though and tell you as best I can the story of your family A glass blower remember breathes life into a vessel giving it shape and

  • Title: The Glass-Blowers
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780816134915
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perhaps we shall not see each other again I will write to you, though, and tell you, as best I can, the story of your family A glass blower, remember, breathes life into a vessel, giving it shape and form and sometimes beauty but he can with that same breath, shatter and destroy it Faithful to her word, Sophie Duval reveals to her long lost nephew the tragic story of Perhaps we shall not see each other again I will write to you, though, and tell you, as best I can, the story of your family A glass blower, remember, breathes life into a vessel, giving it shape and form and sometimes beauty but he can with that same breath, shatter and destroy it Faithful to her word, Sophie Duval reveals to her long lost nephew the tragic story of a family of master craftsmen in eighteenth century France The world of the glass blowers has its own traditions, it s own language and its own rules If you marry into glass Pierre Labbe warns his daughter, you will say goodbye to everything familiar, and enter a closed world But crashing into this world comes the violence and terror of the French Revolution against which, the family struggles to survive The Glass Blowers is a remarkable achievement an imaginative and exciting reworking of du Maurier s own family history.

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    1. Sarah (Presto agitato) on said:

      In The Glass-Blowers, Daphne du Maurier explores her French family background through historical fiction, much as she did for another branch of her family in Mary Anne. In this novel, the stormy backdrop is the French Revolution. Du Maurier’s forbears, the Bussons (du Maurier was later added as an affectation by one of the brothers), were a family of master craftsmen in the art of glassblowing. Source: Wikimedia CommonsGlassblowing, of course, is an apt metaphor for the Revolution itself. “C [...]

    2. Kim on said:

      Daphne du Maurier ventured into family history with Mary Anne and she did it again in this work. Whereas Mary Anne is a fictionalised account of the life of her English great-great-grandmother Mary Anne Clarke, the mistress of the Duke of York, this novel touches on the story of du Maurier's French ancestor Robert Busson, a master glass maker who emigrated to England around the time of the French Revolution in order to avoid imprisonment for debt. In England he styled himself "du Maurier" (after [...]

    3. Misfit on said:

      "Somehow, we no longer seemed to preach the brotherhood of man"In this book du Maurier recounts the tale of her forebears, the Busson family of master glass-blowers leading up to and through the French Revolution. Told through the POV of Sophie as she looks back on her life, daughter of master glass-blower Mathurin Busson and his formidable (in a good way) wife Magdaleine and her siblings Robert, Pierre, Michel and Edmé. For Robert, the eldest working his craft in the countryside is not enough [...]

    4. Judy on said:

      Daphne Du Maurier has two distinct voices as a novelist. One is the gothic, psychological voice of Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and others. The second is the one she uses for her historical fiction, as in The King's General or Mary Anne. The Glass-Blowers, #8 on the 1963 bestseller list, is in the historical fiction mode. The author was descended from a family of glass-blowers and honors them with her novel.Some readers are more pleased with the gothic novels but I like both of her genres, especia [...]

    5. Margaret on said:

      In The Glass-Blowers, du Maurier reaches into her own historical background, as she did with Mary Anne, to tell a story of a family of glass workers during the French Revolution. Unfortunately, also as with Mary Anne, although she tells an interesting story, she fails to make it emotionally engaging. The characters are often flat, even the narrator, and even the atmosphere and the sense of place, usually a strong point for du Maurier, aren't compelling. The story was just interesting enough for [...]

    6. Jemidar on said:

      I found this historical fiction based on du Mauriers French ancestors at the time of the French Revolution a flat, bland, albeit well written, recitation of what happened with very little of the personal about it, or any sense of people or place. It was less than engaging, hard to care about the characters and easy to put down. Not one of Du Mauriers better efforts but having said that, even a mediocre du Maurier is better than some other author's best efforts.Buddy read with Kim :-).

    7. Anna on said:

      I adore novels of the French Revolution and this one takes an relatively unusual perspective, that of the countryside. Although the revolution centred around Paris, where the great political personalities clashed, the monarchy were deposed, and the people rioted, its impact outside the capital is also very interesting. Du Maurier's novel is really a family saga set during the revolution. Although its upheavals impinge significantly upon the family's fortunes, they themselves are in no sense cent [...]

    8. LemonLinda on said:

      Du Maurier writes this novel about her French ancestors. She descended from a family of master craftsmen in the art of glass blowing. The story is told by one of the children as she approaches the end of her life. This character writes the family history for a part of the family that had been separated and was unaware of the family drama. Set before, during and after the years of the French Revolution, du Maurier tells the story from the viewpoint of this French woman who was not a fanatic Revol [...]

    9. Louise on said:

      Even though we have a least six Daphne du Maurier books on our shelves, I had never actually read one until now. I really enjoyed this take on the French Revolution. It took place mainly away from Paris (in that way similar to Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revolution, a book I really loved). There was less emphasis on the guillotine and more on family dynamics. A very interesting read.

    10. Susan on said:

      Daphne du Maurier travelled to France to research ancestors who were involved in the glass blowing industry, and was inspired to write this excellent book, which gives an unusual perspective on the times before, and during the French Revolution.Not only does this book have an exciting plot and great characters, it's also an absorbing history lesson.

    11. Theresa on said:

      “The Glass-Blowers” tells the story of a middle-class family in France just before and during the French revolution. Sophie Busson is the daughter of a master glassmaker and his wife, with three brothers and one sister. Her mother is formidable, respected and hard-working and in many ways becomes a ‘safety net’ for Sophie. Her father unfortunately dies while still in his fifties. Sophie was sixteen years old when she lost her father. As the story progresses and a hard winter combined wit [...]

    12. Kirsty on said:

      First published in 1963, The Glass-Blowers is described as a ‘warm, human saga of a family of craftsmen in eighteenth-century France – with the violence and terror of the Revolution as clamouring background to its tragic climax’. As with du Maurier’s Mary Anne, the novel is semi-autobiographical; du Maurier’s glass-blowing ancestors the Bussons, who lived between 1747 and 1845, have been focused upon.Comparisons with Mary Anne are easy to draw from the very beginning of The Glass-Blowe [...]

    13. George on said:

      3.5 stars warm well written story. I just felt a little put of my depth with the french history but otherwise it was a great read.

    14. Abigail Hartman on said:

      I can think of a great many periods in history I prefer to the French Revolution, and a great many events I would rather live through if a time-traveler put a gun to my head and demanded I choose. However, having found this novel at a bookshop (yay, du Maurier!) and being part of the way through Tom Reiss' The Black Count, I decided to dive straight into it. It is certainly nothing like Rebecca; it has none of the suspense or the brooding gothic flavor. It is, rather, the story of du Maurier's o [...]

    15. Cynthia on said:

      I am a huge fan of Daphnie du Maurier, and so maybe I already had my mind made up that I would love this book, or maybe it's becuase it is an historic novel, which I love. But the fact that is actually about her own heritage was even more compelling. After reading The Hidden Diary of Marie Antionette A Novel, and learning more about the behavior of the French aristocacy, this book is written from the other side of the fence, from the point of view of the merchants and craftsmen, trying to surviv [...]

    16. El on said:

      Daphne du Maurier used her own ancestry to write this historical fiction. She tells the story of her forebears, the Busson family who were glass-blowers during the French Revolution. I was really excited by the idea - using your own family's history to tell an engaging story. But I wasn't all that engaged.I found the history itself more interesting than the characters, which seems to be a bad trend I'm finding myself in right now with the books I've been reading. The first part of the story actu [...]

    17. Jaimie on said:

      This is a great book about the French revolution from the perspective of a family of glass blowers. It was educational that good way. It provides a realistic view of how war can affect your perspective on a myriad of things it can sometimes pervade all thought and how it can sometimes be ignored.

    18. Elizabeth on said:

      This book was obviously very well researched and written. I did enjoy it. But somehow it felt a little impersonal. It is a "fictional" work yet was so full of factual prose I found it harder going than a regular novel. Still, the descriptions of the terrifying French Revolution I found enlightening from the perspective offered. Very chaotic and brutal and ruthless.

    19. Vanda Bromwich on said:

      This is a story based on Daphne Du Maurier's own family history. The story of her ancestors who were glass blowers during the French Revolution.

    20. Benny on said:

      Daphne du Maurier delves into her own family history to come up with this fascinating historical novel set against the turbulent times of the French Revolution. After an unlikely meeting with a long lost relative, Sophie Busson has some clearing up to do and she narrates her family’s story, disclosing a secret or two along the way. Sophie’s oldest brother Robert is the pivot of the plot and the novel’s most fascinating character. He lives on impulse, thrives on fiction, causes enormous dam [...]

    21. Kate Klassa on said:

      Ordinarily I love du Maurier's work, but this one fell a little flat for me. Based on du Maurier's own family history, The Glass-Blowers follows a family of master glass-craftsmen during the time of the French Revolution. Unfortunately, du Maurier seems more interested in telling all of the details of the French Revolution with one-dimensional characters rather than developing the plot and characters with the revolution in the background.

    22. J.F. Duncan on said:

      I love du Maurier's novels but I really struggled with this one: there's the basis of a compelling story here, but the writing style gets in the way of the plot and there was so much 'telling' rather than 'showing'. I managed to get to the end and there were one or two standout moments where the characters came alive, but a missed opportunity, I feel

    23. Heather on said:

      The fact that it is based on Daphne du Maurier's journey into her own family history added an extra degree of interest to this book as she follows the fortunes of her french ancestors.

    24. Jessica Triangle on said:

      Beautifully written but boring as cheese. If this book was a colour it would be beige. If it was beige paint, it would come in the deluxe range.

    25. Mollie Matusick on said:

      I absolutely loved this book! I thought this book was an absolutely perfect example of human nature and what terrible things an otherwise good man might do when incited by a mob, particularly if he knows/believes there will be no repercussions. How "The Glass Blowers" captures the atmosphere of the French Revolution through the eyes of the common man was incredible. The fear spread throughout the countryside as rumors ran wild was perfect. I also thought it was great the way everyday issues and [...]

    26. Tara Hall on said:

      I read this book because I really enjoyed Rebecca, another of this author’s more famous works which was made into a movie. I expected this story to be mostly a family epic of several generations—some good, some bad— working in the glass trade, along with some specifics of how glass is made and what stages it goes through from raw material to goblet. I was wrong.Yes, several generations are part of this work, but there is also a lot of history, as this book is set in the later years of the [...]

    27. JoLene on said:

      The Glass-Blowers is the story of a Busson family and their experience of the events surrounding the French Revolution. The story is told from the point of view of Sophie Duval as she is writing the family history for her nephew. Sophie's father is part of the glass-blowers guild and her mother was a the daughter of a city official who married against her parents wishes. The couple was very successful professionally, and even though it was a hard life, they were probably considered middle class. [...]

    28. Rihani Azhari on said:

      This may be Daphne du Maurier's really significant novel out of the many she has written since 1931OLOGUE ONE DAY IN THE June of 1984 Madame Sophie Duval, nee Buson, eighty years of age and mother of the mayor of Vibraye, a small commune in the department of Sarthe, rose from her chair in the salon of the property at le Gue de hall, and calling to her dog made her way, as was her custom at this hour of the afternoon every Tuesday, down the short approach drive to the entrance gate.She walked bri [...]

    29. Sorcha on said:

      Using her own family history as inspiration, Du Maurier gives us the aging Sophie Duval, who has promised her nephew that she will tell the story of their family, starting with her mother marrying into the local community of glass blowers.The story starts with Sophie's mother getting married in the 1770s in rural France, where the glass blowers are situated beside the forests that provide the fuel for the furnaces.Sophie herself gets married in 1788 in a joint wedding with her younger sister. It [...]

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