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  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 9781844080380

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  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 Call me Ishmael Even to people who have never read the book or seen the excellent movie by Alfred Hitchcock might have a glimmer of recognition at the mention of a place c

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    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 dec

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    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

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    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 aw

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    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 tha

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    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 I had 'Rebecca' downloaded on my Kindle since 2014 How foolish I was to wait There are 3

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    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

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    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

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    603 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 1907 1989Rebecca is a thriller novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier Publication date

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    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 many twists and turns both suspense and a bit of romance this story captures your attention immediat

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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. 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 call it the 20th Century Jane Eyre actually with a modernist twist It is written so that the characters and events come to seem uite believable in the context even while they slowly make the hairs on the back of your necks stand on end Whether you re generally a fan of mystery romance or thrillers this book is uite simply a delicious read

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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 housekeep. 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 gothic is the struggle between two women one waking up to a new life and one not content to remain a ghost The man may be their conflicting goal the house and landscape their arena but it is the battle between these two women for life and power and autonomy that is the essence of the taleIn Rebecca the man is the haunted moody Maxim de Winter who has married a never named young woman a naive paid companion whom he has met during a recent stay in Monte Carlo The two return to Maxim s ancestral estate of Manderley but the new wife soon finds the old house and grounds as well as the mind of her increasingly melancholy husband dominated by the spirit of Rebecca his dead first wife The author s simplifying genius resides in the fact that in Rebecca the spirit of the dead woman animates the house and the landscape and obsesses the man Conseuently every attempt of the new Mrs de Winter the narrator to adjust to the house and staff including the daunting housekeeper Mrs Danvers to explore the house and grounds or to comprehend the past events that interfere with her present happiness are part of the novel s central struggle and its secret history The second Mrs de Winter s descriptions may be nuanced and leisurely occasionally painful in their innocence but every encounter each exploration brings us closer to the heart of the mystery of Rebecca and Manderley tooBeside the exemplary construction of the narrative the other things I liked most about the book were the detailed descriptions of Manderley the lingering power of the first two chapters the only two set in the present and the intriguingly ambiguous fate of the narrator of the novel the second Mrs de Winter the woman with no nameOne of the guilty pleasures of a good gothic is the description of a magnificent old house so precise and rich in detail that you can fantasize about how delightful or how scary living in such a mansion might be Manderly is a place that comes alive for the reader and it is particularly pleasant to have it described to us by a person who is experiencing it and attempting to master it for the first timeThe first chapter is justly famous for the narrator s account of a dream in which she returns to the now ruined Manderley estate Its description of overgrown nature reclaiming the martyred grandeur of Manderley is an expertly executed mood piece inaugurating the narrative as effectively as any opening passage in literature I do not exclude my favorites the first scene of Hamlet the first chapter of Bleak House and the description of the Sternwood mansion in the first pages of The Big Sleep Personally though I find the second chapter of the book even interesting It describes Maxim and the narrator who now calls the two of them happy as they live their life on the continent in a series of hotels But something about our narrator s description strikes me as inexpressibly sad the two of them sound to me like an affluent aging couple frittering their final years away on superficial pleasures and trivial pastimes Yet the wife the woman who is telling us this we find out later is now barely in her thirties Could this indeed be happiness This uestion continued to haunt me throughout my reading of the book and even now affects my shifting impressions of its themesI ask myself weeks after finishing this novel what is the narrator s fate Has she achieved a certain degree of happiness however modest having triumphed over the dominating Rebecca having gained the haunted Maxim for her own Has she merely accepted the empty social forms and dull routine that Rebecca whatever her sins might have been was fighting so furiously against Or is she happy the interpretation I currently flirt with because she in her passive aggressive way dominates Maxim in his reduced state thoroughly than Rebecca ever could Even so isn t such happiness inferior to the promise she once showed briefly when she believed she could still be mistress of Manderley after Rebecca s ghost had been exorcised before she learned their world had burned downI don t know the answers to these uestions and I must say I like it that way For me at least the novel will always be haunted by ambiguities and that is a good thing It is one of the reasons I find Rebecca such a rich rewarding work

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Er 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 identi. 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


About the Author: Daphne du Maurier

If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have created magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their ownIn many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a fami