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Rebecca (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – 30 Jan 2003
|Paperback, 30 Jan 2003||
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From the opening sentence - "Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again" - to the final - "And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea" - I was hooked ... Rebecca is one of the underrated classics of the 20th century ... Rebecca is a masterpiece in which du Maurier pulls off several spectacular high-wire acts that many great writers wouldn't attempt
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With one the most famous opening lines in books, I dived into the most popular work of Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca. I had already read My Cousin Rachel by the same author and just loved it.
When I turned the last page of the book, I had so many feelings and immediately I began comparing it with My Cousin Rachel. In fact, the comparison between the two books ran constantly at the back of my mind while I read Rebecca. Having said all this, Rebecca is a kind of book that needs to be read more than once as I feel that every time you will read it you will discover something that you missed when you read it first. This book deserves to be absorbed for it's obscure hints, it's beautiful writing and characters for which your feelings will continue to change as you progress with the book.
The heroine of Rebecca is a young girl who works as a paid companion to an indignant elderly lady, Mrs. Van Hopper. On a trip to Monte Carlo with Mrs. Hopper our heroine meets Maxim de Winter, a rich handsome widower. Despite the age difference between the two, they develop a bond, a friendship and begin to see each other often. A surprise marriage proposal from Mr. de Winter takes our heroine from the warm setting of South of France to the cold, dark and yet beautiful mansion, Manderly. Here she learns and discovers so much about her husband - be it his past or his present life, that she realises that she has never known the man whom she has married.
But, what worries and haunts her the most is the presence of his dead beautiful wife, Rebecca in every corner of Manderley.
This book has a list of notorious characters who you will mostly despise or be scared of - the nameless narrator, a villain that you for some reason you vouch for and a character who is dead but her presence is felt throughout the story.
This is my second book from Daphne du Maurier and just like My Cousin Rachel, the author maintains the dark, sinister setting where you know almost everything but as you progress with the book you begin to doubt your knowledge. You do not understand who to trust, who to support, who to hate and who to love. This dilemma in your mind that makes du Maurier's books unputdownable can be attributed to her tricky and ambiguous writing. With some extraordinary lines, Rebecca is truly a masterpiece.
Rebecca deserves the praise and love it has received since the day it was published. The story is dark and thrilling with some memorable characters. A must read!
PS- if you're buying Rebecca (which you probably should as a literature lover), do check out Sally Beauman's Rebecca's Tale, it'll take you to greater depths on understanding of the original literary masterpiece by Du Maurier.
The setting of Rebecca draws you in with it’s beautiful but haunting mansion and the wonderful, vivid descriptions of it. I found the writing so beautiful, the author has kept the suspense very nicely. Once you start reading the book, it is highly hard to leave it, the atmosphere becomes very tense and interesting. The book was not really of the horror category but more of a mystery. Manderley is brilliantly depicted as a scary mansion to which the narrator cannot adjust and it is almost a character in itself as it seems to breathe and tremble with Rebecca’s haunting presence. After reading this book, you want to experience the haunting of Manderlay but it gives you goosebumps. Rebecca has something of everything; romance, horror, crime and mystery and its delicious turn of events will leave readers astonished.
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Daphne Du Maurier constructs this novel with such ease through her prose, descriptions & eerie writing.Read more