Rebecca

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Title: Rebecca

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Published: Virago Press, 2003 (first published 1938)

 

 

 

 

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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

Working 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 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. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers…

In Brief

 

 

A haunting tale of love, and living in someone’s shadow.

My Thoughts

 

 

Our heroine first meets Max de Winter when she is working as a companion to a social-climbing busy body. She is wowed by him, and, it appears, he by her. They get married, and the difficulties in her life begin. Mrs Danvers… Oh lord. Everyone at Manderley seems to want to make life difficult for her, and to slowly chip away at her self-worth, and confidence that Max loves her. The house – and everyone in it – isĀ filled with secrets. Everyone has their own agenda, and aren’t afraid of stepping on Mrs de Winter. And the whole book… totally creepy. I felt haunted by Rebecca myself! Didn’t help that everyone other than Max seemed to be doing their best to keep her alive.

This is a dark and heavy book, and I’m totally not sure I completely absorbed it. I feel like this one is best savoured, and read over and over to really experience it. When reading, I could feel there were twists coming. Though I’m not sure I’d even say twists, it felt more like secrets slowly being unearthed. You feel the depth of the characters and the plot. There is so much beneath the surface of this book. The house is a character all of its own, and the writing – I felt like I was there. The chill drafts of a huge old mansionĀ (not that I have ANY experience in ancient mansions, but you know. I was transported and all that.) The sea. The fear of being overshadowed by your predecessor. The fear you’ll be found lacking. Or worse, found out as an imposter. du Maurier had me there, experiencing it all, totally absorbed.

The ending, well more the resolution of questions rather than the actual end of the book, I have to say I didn’t expect. I anticipated it going in a very different direction. Though possibly that’s more me being a product of the times, and obviously, being written in the 1930s, the times were very different.

This is the only book by Daphne du Maurier that I’ve read, and to be honest I loved it so much that I’m not sure I want to read any more of hers. Total fear of being let down! Have you experienced that? A book you found so brilliant that the thought of reading another of the authors’ books just might shatter you?

Rating

 

 

A+

Recommend

 

 

Absolutely. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one. Sad, dark, haunting, brilliant.

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August Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.

 

Aaaand, August is done. This year is absolutely flying. Work continues to keep me busy – shocker, I know. We’ve got our second yearly accreditation coming up, so everyone is worker-bee-ing to get everything officially official and skills and protocols all up to scratch. Because of that, I’ve spent more time power-napping on the train this month than intended! Oops. But I clearly need the extra sleep so we’ll let that one slide shall we?

 

READ

  • Away With The Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • The Undercover Cook by Katie Fforde
  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  • Zoo by James Patterson
  • Working Wonders by Jenny Colgan
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Yikes, another 11 done. So currently I’m ahead in my Goodreads Challenge. Yay me!

Goodreads Challenge Update – 67/100

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Tick Tock by James Patterson
  • A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

 

BOOK CLUB READ

  • August/September – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

 

How was your August?