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My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

My Cousin Rachel (1951)

by Daphne du Maurier

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An absorbing, slow-burn amalgam of psychology and mystery; might have earned five stars if Philip had any redeeming qualities whatsoever. Being in his head lamed my enjoyment of the whole thing. But of course it's not an "enjoyable" story per se, and du Maurier made that decision for a reason. One of those stories that makes me wish I could ask the author about every tiny thing going on behind the events.

Oh, and I haven't seen the de Havilland/Burton film yet, but the Weisz/Claflin version does not do the book justice. Then again, so much of du Maurier's stories takes place within the narrator, I'm not sure any film can do her work justice (though I love Hitchcock's Rebecca). ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
This is the third book By Daphne du Maurier that I've read. I don't know what to say about it without giving anything away. I will say that I liked it, not as much as I liked [b:Rebecca|17899948|Rebecca|Daphne du Maurier|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1386605169s/17899948.jpg|46663] but much more than I liked [b:Jamaica Inn|18869967|Jamaica Inn|Daphne du Maurier|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1386605082s/18869967.jpg|430524]. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
I really enjoy Daphne Du Maurier as a writer. Her writing is very atmospheric and almost moody. As I started out this novel (similar to Rebecca), I was introduced to our main character and knew immediately that things weren't quite right. That ominous feeling stays with you throughout the entire novel until you feel that you come to your own conclusions about the ending (which aren't really fully revealed, which makes for some fun discussion). I thought the movie was really well done and left things quite open to interpretation, similarly to the book, though I think the book leads the reader to come to a few more pointed conclusions. Highly recommend. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 2, 2018 |
Upper-Intermediate Early, 2 Audio CDs
  ChatterMatters | Jul 19, 2018 |
Upper-Intermediate Early, 2 Audio CDs
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Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will come to love his grand house as much as he does himself. But the cosy world to two have constructed is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to FLorence. There he falls in love amd marries - and there he dies suddenly.

In almost no time at all, the new widow - Philip's cousin Rachel - turns up in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to a flame. And yet...might she have had a hand in Ambrose's death?
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Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, married Rachel in Italy, and died there. Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose's letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart. The author also wrote "Rebecca".

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Rachel, a woman of exquisite beauty, descends on the great Cornwall estate of Philip Ashley. Despite his aroused suspicions, she soon enchants him. In this tale of good and evil, Philip must decide whether the glorious Rachel, the recent mysterious widow of his beloved cousin, is out to destroy him or is the innocent victim of devious man with a tremendous longing to be loved. His fate and his future lie in the answer to this deadly question.… (more)

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