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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley againWorking as a lady's companion the heroine of Rebecca learns her place Her future looks bleak until on a trip to the South of France she meets Max de Winter a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marri Wellthis is awkward So most of my friends love this book Naturally I wanted to as well I blame the herd mentality Baaah Did I love this book At times yes Did I also loathe this book At times yes It s made deciding on a rating a much daunting task than I normally face After reflecting on it for some time and re reading my f bomb laden notes I m going with two stars because as a whole I did not enjoy this While I greatly detested some aspects I can still recognize gorgeous prose when I see it Honestly I almost gave this three stars for the writing alone because it s so beautiful that it becomes distracting and when you pair this with a hauntingly gothic setting Magic Nature had come into her own again and little by little in her stealthy insidious way had encroached upon the drive with long tenacious fingers What ruined this for me were the attitudes and the actions of those depicted within it I m not one of those readers that have to love characters to enjoy a story or appreciate its message There have been uite a few instances where I ve rated a book highly even when I hated every single person in it That s because while I didn t necessarily agree with what they were doing or their thought processes I understood them on some level Sadly this is not the case with Rebecca The female lead who is also the narrator is left without a name throughout Upon reading the afterward I m wondering if that s because it would have been all too obvious if the author had named her Daphne She is the very definition of a Mary Sue taking almost entirely after the person who created her But for the sake of this review let s call the MC Not Cory I think it has a catchy ring to it It s also fitting as she is the complete and total opposite of me in almost every way imaginable When the book opens Not Cory is reflecting on her life and the remaining pages focus on the events she s reliving It all begins in Monte Carlo with her as the companion to a tactless and garish woman of means A chance encounter has her bumping into a wealthy Englishman named Maxim de Winter a man twenty years her senior and recently widowed What follows is a whirlwind courtship set against the backdrop of the south of France Sounds lovely doesn t it Er not so much This part of the book served as nothing than a reminder of how foolish first love can make us My hat is off to Du Maurier for her flawless portrayal of this time in our lives when your future is spread out in front of you and all your fantasies still seem tangible What made it that much difficult to read was the MC Not Cory is a dreamer she lives largely inside of her head and the smallest thing from her companion choosing to host a cocktail party to the rising of the sun can send her mind spinning as she plays out the infinite conseuences of these things This tendency becomes obsessive when Maxim enters the picture Where she is both immature and na ve he is complicated and divided Her happiness becomes dependent on his smiles her misery decided by a harsh word Thanks to their age difference he s forgotten what this is like how raw and all consuming first love can be and he s careless with her feelings because of it He takes complete advantage of her throughout and I hated him almost from the point of his introduction The singular reason that he s even attracted to her at all is because view spoilershe is the antithesis of his late wife hide spoiler

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

R Mrs DanversNot since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman An international bestseller that has never gone out of print Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity Manderley and I had a much successful visit this time around as compared to the first time I read this book several years ago Here s the key This is not a romance novel It s a psychological suspense novel As I reread Rebecca with this in mind I had a much greater appreciation for its artistry the way Daphne du Maurier skillfully used words to create a mood and increase the suspenseWe can never go back again that much is certain The past is still close to us The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again and that sense of fear of furtive unrest struggling at length to blind unreasoning panic now mercifully stilled thank God might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion as it had beforeThe narrator a young and painfully self conscious girl is a paid companion to Mrs Van Hopper a snobbish social climber While they are in Monte Carlo Mrs Van Hopper bulldozes her way into an acuaintance with a uiet widower Maxim de Winter Despite our heroine s lack of status and social graces Maxim begins spending time with her and soon asks her to marry him Desperately in love with him she does so despite the vast differences in their ages wealth status just about everything And despite his freuent rudeness and mockery of herAfter a too brief honeymoon they return to England and Maxim s lovely country estate Manderley presided over by the skeletal housekeeper Mrs Danvers who instantly takes a dislike to the new Mrs de Winter Mrs Danvers does her best to undercut the main character s lack of confidence in every way possible but mostly by holding up Maxim s first wife Rebecca as an impossibly high standard of beauty taste and accomplishment a standard that the second wife can never hope to reachThe second wife becomes and haunted by this paragon Rebecca even though there are clues in the things Maxim his sister and others say and don t say that maybe there was to Rebecca s character than the second wife realizesI found it fascinating how du Maurier tells you the end in the beginning in such a way that it doesn t spoil the story at all but adds to the underlying tension and sense of oppression The second Mrs de Winter thinks they are contented and perhaps they are but they are deeply damaged as well living a sort of half life Mrs Danvers is uite the character one wonders how much her presence in Rebecca s childhood influenced the person Rebecca became And Rebecca herself well without getting into spoiler territory she has an amazing presence in this novel for someone who s dead before it even startsI have to say that the second Mrs de Winter s paralyzing lack of self confidence and her gaucherie even though integral to the plot was really irksome to me at first Every time she d start off into another daydream which she did All The Time imagining conversations and events out of whole cloth I would mentally roll my eyes at her But once I realized that this is not to be read as a romance novel really the relationship here is pretty unhealthy on both sides I was free to appreciate the characters shortcomings instead of being frustrated by them and to see how those shortcomings and their past experiences combine to bring them together but pull them apart at the same time It s a fascinating psychological studyMy rating has gone from 3 to 4 to 5 stars It s a book that has really stuck with me Between the well drawn seriously flawed characters the brooding atmosphere with a feeling that disaster is just waiting for the right moment to strike and the great plot twists Rebecca is deservedly a classic in its genre Initial commentsI read Rebecca maybe 15 years ago and didn t really care for it back then I m not entirely sure now of the reasons why but I think it may have been that I was expecting of a romance with some nice happy feels at the end So now that my expectations have been adjusted we re going to give this another shot

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Age takes her by surprise She accepts but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeepe This has to be one of the best and most complete books I have ever read Each element plot characters twists suspense climax all of it perfect If I had one criticism it might be a slightly slow start but with the awesome payoff that is hardly worth mentioningThe plot I have to be honest I judged a book by its cover and title I thought okay Rebecca an elegant woman a curly font probably another cheesy classic romance I ll read it because it is one you are supposed to read but I doubt I will think it is great I have never been so wrong Mystery intrigue deception subterfuge twists turns misunderstandings accusations threats etc etc etc So much is happening in this story and it is greatThe characters each character plays their part very well Because of the nature of the plot you may not uite ever be sure who some of them really are and perhaps you will be left to make some judgements on your own Also this book has two characters that are the essence of love to hate one because they are a total a hole and the other because they are creepy as hell I don t know what it is but I often feel like authors freuently have a hard time getting easily hateable characters right That is far from the case here they are perfectSuspense and Mystery I will keep this short to avoid spoilers This book has about 7 big climaxesrevelations Every second between those will have you on the edge of your seat Others will catch you completely off guard I can guarantee you will catch yourself holding your breathSo in summary I loved it It was great Read it Don t be like me and think meh a classic named Rebecca probably boring It is not It is awesome


10 thoughts on “Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  1. says:

    ”Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley againThis is one of the famous lines in literature certainly it belongs in the same conversation as

  2. says:

    Wellthis is awkward So most of my friends love this book Naturally I wanted to as well I blame the herd mentality Baaah Did I love this book At times yes Did I also loathe this book At times yes It’s made deciding on a rating a much daunting task than I normally face After reflecting on it for some time and re reading my f bomb

  3. says:

    This is it THE delicious curl up next to the fire under a blanket with tea book THE windowsill on a rainy day with your pet book THE stay up all night book A chill goes down your spine but in a good way while reading it It is a masterpiece of gothic literature the inheritor of the tradition of novels like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre I'd

  4. says:

    This has to be one of the best and most complete books I have ever read Each element plot characters twists suspense climax all of it perfect If I had one criticism it might be a slightly slow start but with the awesome payoff that is hardly worth mentioningThe plot I have to be honest I judged a book by its cover and t

  5. says:

    A woman a man another woman's shadow; a landscape a house a hidden history These six elements have informed the gothic impulse from Udolpho and Jane Eyre to The Thirteenth Tale Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is crucial to the genre for in it du Maurier simplified and organized these six elements refining the narrative concentrating the mythic and enriching the ambiguity of her taleWhat du Maurier understood is that the heart of the romantic go

  6. says:

    I went in completely 100% blind Blind trust was all I needed from trusted friends but it took me forever to make this book a priority

  7. says:

    Oh how I wish I could rewind the past month and start all over again Then I could pick up Rebecca and experience this breathtaking novel once as if for the first time Truth be told this wasn’t actually my first time reading this uintessential piece of classic gothic literature However I am ashamed to say that the number of years

  8. says:

    Manderley and I had a much successful visit this time around as compared to the first time I read this book several years ago Here's the key Thi

  9. says:

    603 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 1907 1989Rebecca is a thriller novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier Publication date 1938While working as the companion to a rich American woman on holiday in Monte Carlo the unnamed narrator a naïve young woman in her early 20s becomes acuainted with a wealthy Englishman George Fortescue Maximilian Maxim de Winter a 42 year old widower After a fortnight of courtship she agrees to marry him and aft

  10. says:

    5 stars to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca I loved it and probably consider it 4 12 stars just because of a few small items but I can't not give it 5 here Story The second wife of a wealthy widower you'll never know her name tries to figure out how to fit into her new family when it seems there's now way how With

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