The Parasites, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'When people play the game: Name three or four persons whom you would choose to have with you on a desert island -- they never choose the Delaneys. They don't even choose us one by one as individuals. We have earned, not always fairly we consider, the reputation of being difficult guests . . .'Maria, Niall and Celia have grown up in the shadow of their famous parents - their father, a flamboyant singer and their mother, a talented dancer. Now pursuing their own creative dreams, all three siblings feel an undeniable bond, but it is Maria and Niall who share the secret of their parents' pasts. Alternately comic and poignant, The Parasites is based on the artistic milieu its author knew best, and draws the reader effortlessly into that magical world.


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PLUS - • Interesting characters even though none of them were especially likeable.• Style of narration was fascinating. You never do find out which of the Delaney siblings is addressing the reader.• A rather ambiguous ending. For me that was plus, but I imagine it might spoil it for some people. • Some unexpectedly funny parts. I loved the scene where Maria is left to look after the baby without the nanny to help. OVERALL - • Really enjoyed this. My favourite Du Maurier to date.

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I've rather shamefully never read any of Du Maurier's books aside from Rebecca so picked this up to rectify that! <br/><br/>I'm glad I did as I really enjoyed it. It seems Du Maurier is very good at writing about spoilt upper classes and that is effectively what this book is about. It takes place, in the most part, over the space of one day and the story unfolds in flashback. There's also a fantastic 'Weekend in the country' scene which made me laugh out loud. Worth reading for that alone.<br/><br/>The characters (and the ending) were very reminiscent of Rebecca! All in all I'm looking forward to reading more by her.

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