I’ll Never Be Young Again is Daphne du Maurier’s second novel, first published in 1932. In the opening pages we are introduced to Richard (‘Dick’) the son of a great poet – perhaps one of the greatest literary voices of his time. A frustrated writer, by choice or design, Dick has fled the country home after a confrontation and is now perched on a bridge, intending to end it all. As he watches the passers-by, he hopes that one of them will save him, even constructing an elaborate fantasy of such a rescue. But then someone does save him.
The only other du Maurier book I’ve read is Rebecca and this one definitely did not resonate with me as much as that one did. However this does contain some clever writing and some very complex characterisation and I was very impressed with how du Maurier nailed the male narrative. I may not have always liked Dick, but I certainly found him very convincing! I did find this very interesting and it has made me more determined to read more of her work because she’s an author that I have woefully neglected so far.