Review | The Flight of the Falcon by Daphne du Maurier

#QOTD – Who is your favourite author?

I know this is a difficult question to answer, but I adore the writing of Daphne du Maurier. She blends suspense, moving description and psychological intrigue in a way that few other writers can. The Flight of the Falcon is not one of her more acclaimed works, but as it is coming from my favourite author, I couldn’t have missed it.

Armino Fabbio is a tour guide, making his way through the familiar territory of Rome, when he is taken to his past by a chance encounter with a drunken woman, who reminds him of his childhood nurse, Marta. Because of this encounter, he returns to his home town Ruffano, where his father was the curator of a museum during WWII. In Ruffano, he discovers that the past that he believed to be dead and gone is still alive.

The novel has interesting religious images, where Christ and Satan are at war. Everything about Armino’s past is workable, and as the story unfolds he must determine how it will change his present and future. One thing is for sure, he can never go back to being an anonymous and an unattached tour guide again.


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