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Rebecca Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley againThe novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage Orphaned and working as a lady s maid, she can barely believe her luck It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave


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 createdmagical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald A Portrait, a biography of her father The du Mauriers, a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers, a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains, an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful andromantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love of fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius, Rebecca and The Parasites, is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca, on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.



10 thoughts on “Rebecca

  1. says:

    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.This is one of thefamous 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 called Manderley Daphne du Maurier leased a place called Menabilly which became the basis for the fictional Manderley Aren t we glad she changed the name Just say Manderley a fe


  2. says:

    Well this 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 deciding on a rating a muchdaunting task than I normally face After reflecting on it for some time, and re reading my f bomb laden notes, I m going with two stars, because as a whole, I did not enjoy this While I greatly detested some aspects, I can still recognize gorgeou Well this


  3. says:

    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 quite believabl This is it


  4. says:

    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 tale.What du Maurier understood is that the heart of the romantic gothic is the struggle between two women, one w A woman,


  5. says:

    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 awesome payoff, that is hardly worth mentioning.The plot I have to be honest, I judged a book by its cover and title I thought, okay, Rebecca , an elegant woman, a curly font, probably another cheesy classic romance I ll read it because it is one you are supposed to rea This has to be one of the


  6. says:

    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 313, 907 ratings and 13, 947 reviews, on Goodreads, with an overall rating of 4.2 Ratings like that SPEAK It s not a hype either Rebecca is the most enduring classic of Love and Evil I ve ever read Mystery, gothic thriller, drama, secrets, crime, suspense, s I went in completely 100% blind Blind trus


  7. says:

    Manderley and I had a muchsuccessful 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 suspense.We can never go back again, that much is certain The past is still close to us The things we have tri Manderley and I had a muchsuccessful vis


  8. says:

    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 onceas if for the first time Truth be told, this wasn t actually my first time reading this quintessential piece of classic gothic literature However, I am ashamed to say that the number of years that have passed between my first reading and this recent one, combined with what I like to call a lingering case of momnesia , effectively rendered this re Oh, how I wish I could rewind the past month


  9. says:

    5 stars to Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca I loved it and probably consider it 4 1 2 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 immediately and takes you on a path of great intrigue Just when you think you ve fi 5 stars to Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca I loved it and


  10. says:

    5 This story was so enthralling and unputdownable that it deserves muchthan five starsLast night I dreamt I went to Manderley againone of thefamous first lines from literature This book follows our unnamed heroine as she travels from Monte Carlo to Manderley and immerses herself in the lives of Maxim de Winter and the ghosts from his past.This was gripping from start to finish You find yourself so drawn into our unnamed narrator, her emotions, her turbulences, that you 5 This story was so enthralling and unputdownable that it deserves muchthan


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