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Rebecca (original 1938; edition 2002)

by Daphne du Maurier

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Title:Rebecca
Authors:Daphne du Maurier
Info:Perfection Learning (2002), Hardcover
Collections:Read, Your library, Read but unowned
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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938)

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    fannyprice: These two books reminded me a lot of each other but Rebecca was more modern and somewhat less preachy.
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A psychological thriller ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Jun 24, 2015 |
Rebecca begins with one of my favourite opening lines 'last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again' and continues weaving its romantic, mysterious spell from there on in. One of the striking things about the book is that the narrator of the story, despite being at the centre of the goings on in Manderley, is never addressed by her first name. You never find out exactly who she is, other than the second Mrs de Winter, which really sums up just how overshadowed she is by the first Mrs de Winter, Rebecca. I found this book exquisitely detailed, dark and gripping. ( )
1 vote AmiloFinn | Jun 13, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book. Sort of. Mostly when I wasn't reading it. I felt like the book was just too long to get its point across--that Daphne du Maurier could have cut out 50 or so pages of "Our unnamed protaganist now will contemplate on the scenery at Manderley, or about how Mrs. Danvers dislikes her, or how she is too timid to goddamn stand up for herself." Clearly I have some reservations.

However! I think the novel really wrapped itself up nicely in the end (although you do have to do some thinking--or Googling--for yourself to figure it out), and that it was a classic love story.

Overall, a pretty good story that I probably wouldn't read over again, but I think it's a very good book. I can understand why it's a Classic and why people absolutely and smashingly fall in love with it, I just wouldn't place myself in those ranks.

Edited about a month after I read it: changed my review from 4 to 5 stars. When I think of this book in retrospect, I love it a lot more for its classic elements, the haunting beauty of Manderley, that sort of thing. ( )
  Proustitutes | Jun 11, 2015 |
A good read. I wanted to read a Daphne du Maurier book as we are visiting Cornwall next year. The story is told by the central character Mrs de Winter. She voices her thoughts, fears, hopes etc. Rebecca was the previous Mrs de Winter. Her character is slowly revealed and gradually changes throught the book. Very well executed. ( )
  GeoffSC | May 31, 2015 |
Hard to appreciate at first, but the second half of the book was quite powerful and the bonus sections (My Secret House, Author's Note, and the Epilog) made the book even better. There is much of Sarah and myself in the book....Read in March 2015 ( )
  untraveller | May 29, 2015 |
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Maurier, Daphne duprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beauman, SallyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burnett, VirgilCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massey, AnnaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vasara, HelviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
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'You see,' she said, snapping the top, and walking down the stairs, 'you are so very different from Rebecca.'
We came to Manderley in early May, arriving, so Maxim said, with the first swallows and the bluebells. It would be the best moment, before the full flush of summer, and in the valley the azaleas would be prodigal of scent and the blood-red rhododendrons in bloom.
Forget it, Mrs. de Winter, forget it, as he has done, thank heaven, and the rest of us. We none of us want to bring back the past, Maxim least of all. And it's up to you, you know, to lead us away from it. Not to take us back there again.
Frank knew, but Maxim did not know that he knew. And Frank did not want Maxim to know that he knew. And we all stood there, looking at one another, keeping up these little barriers between us.
If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.
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"Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again..."

So the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter remembered the chilling events that led her down the turning drive past the beeches, white and naked, to the isolated gray stone manse on the windswept Cornish coast. Working as a lady's companion, she 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 proprosal of marriage 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. 

With a husband she barely knew, the young bride arrived at this immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten... her suite of rooms never touched, her clothes ready to be worn, her servant -- the sinister Mrs. Danvers -- still loyal. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightened around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter began her search for the real fate of Rebecca... for the secrets of Manderley.
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Nameless narrator

marries wealthy widower;

haunting Rebecca.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380730405, Paperback)

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house's current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

This special edition of Rebecca includes excerpts from Daphne du Maurier's The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, an essay on the real Manderley, du Maurier's original epilogue to the book, and more.

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The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter finds it difficult and frightening to live in the shadow of her predecessor, a situation that is exacerbated by her husband's moodiness, and the presence of sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

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