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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise.
Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, 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 Mrs Danvers . . . Not 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 30/01/2003
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781844080380
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Review by john257hopper
This is a wonderfully tense and atmospheric novel that takes a while truly to build up but is a great thriller when it gets going. The descriptions of Manderley and its grounds make you feel like you are there and that the House is a living character within the story. Yet at the same time the human characters seem shadowy - Maxim's motivations are unclear and the narrator, the second Mrs de Winter, remains nameless throughout the story, while the servants except Mrs Danvers are stolid and fairly faceless types. The latter is the most well drawn living character, her sinister, dark form gliding through the corridors and rooms of Manderley. The dead Rebecca's presence is felt throughout the book, both when she is regarded as a flawless saint and later after her degradations are revealed (though the nature of her sins is coyly not properly described). Aside from the main plot and atmosphere of the house, one other attractive feature is the descriptions of food and the endless lavish meals that keep being served and (sometimes) eaten. A wonderful book.
Review by dylanwolf
A haunting piece of romantic gothic which has to be read with a little tongue in cheek indulgence to be truly enjoyed. The biggest puzzle I feel is that the main character remains anonymous, perhaps because Du Maurier wants us to identify with her completely. We, like her, must feel out of our depth, chasing a highly desirable but ever-receding objective as though unable to shake ourselves free of an enveloping nightmare. The characters loom before us and leer, changing shape and exuding malice as we struggle to gain a foothold. All in the storm-battered, foreboding and doomed setting of Manderlay. Rebecca is not the sort of book I would probably normally read, too romantic in nature for my tastes, but I enjoyed it nevertheless, rather entranced by it's insidious charms.
Review by Catiecool
This book has a really surprising ending. I love the eerieness of the book present throughout the novel. I felt bad for the nameless girl. I think DuMaurier was trying to make an existentialist point with her.
Review by strandbooks
I read this 10 years ago and just did a reread for book club. I still give it 5 stars. Now I have to go re-watch the movie.
Review by LibraryLou
This wonderful novel introduced me to Daphne Du Maurier's books, and I am so glad it did. Although it was written a while ago, every page is a fresh to the reader as if it was written yesterday. It could be taken from any time, and any place. Haunted by the ghost of her husbands first wife, and in fear of her Housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, this novel explores the twists and turns of a young wife as she struggles to feel excepted into her new life. This is not a family saga, nor a slushy romance novel, instead it is a gripping tale that takes you on a terrifying journey, and keeps you guessing all the way through.
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