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Is the description of a magnificent old house so precise and rich in detail that you can fantasize about how delightful or how scary living in such a mansion might be Manderly is a place that comes alive for the reader and it is particularly pleasant to have it described to us by a person who is experiencing it and attempting to master it for the first timeThe first chapter is ustly famous for the narrator s account of a dream in which she returns to the now ruined Manderley estate Its description of overgrown nature reclaiming the martyred grandeur of Manderley is an expertly executed mood piece inaugurating the narrative as effectively as any opening passage in literature I do not exclude my favorites the first scene of Hamlet the first chapter of Bleak House and the description of the Sternwood mansion in the first pages of The Big Sleep Personally though I find the second chapter of the book even interesting It describes Maxim and the narrator who now calls the two of them happy as they live their life on the continent in a series of hotels But something about our narrator s description strikes me as inexpressibly sad the two of them sound to me like an affluent aging couple frittering their final years away on superficial pleasures and trivial pastimes Yet the wife the woman who is telling us this we find out later is now barely in her thirties Could this indeed be happiness This uestion continued to haunt me throughout my reading of the book and even now affects my shifting impressions of its themesI ask myself weeks after finishing this novel what is the narrator s fate Has she achieved a certain degree of happiness however modest having triumphed over the dominating Rebecca having gained the haunted Maxim for her own Has she merely accepted the empty social forms and dull routine that Rebecca whatever her sins might have been was fighting so furiously against Or is she happy the interpretation I currently flirt with because she in her passive aggressive way dominates Maxim in his reduced state thoroughly than Rebecca ever could Even so isn t such happiness inferior to the promise she once showed briefly when she believed she could still be mistress of Manderley after Rebecca s ghost had been exorcised before she learned their world had burned downI don t know the answers to these uestions and I must say I like it that way For me at least the novel will always be haunted by ambiguities and that is a good thing It is one of the reasons I find Rebecca such a rich rewarding work 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 lit Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley againThis is one of the famous 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 few times and then say Menabilly a few times If you are like me you linger over the vowels and consonants of Manderley and with Menabilly you ust want it off your tongue as uickly as possible Daphne du Maurier on the staircase at MenabillyThe narrator a young woman of 21 is never formally introduced to us She is a companion for an odious American woman named Mrs Van Hoppers They are in Monte Carlo and when Mrs Van Hoppers comes down with an illness inspired by boredom than by a virus or bacteria our narrator finds herself free to spend time with the widower Maximilian de Winter He is famous but his house Manderley is even famous Parties on a Gatsby scale beautiful landscaping and of course the architecture of a grand English estate have made Manderley a most coveted invitation Laurence Olivier as Maximilian de WinterAfter a whirlwind romance the dashing de Winter sweeps the impressionable young lady off her feet pries her loose from the services of Mrs Van Hoppers and marries her He is distant moody and yet charming like a father he is 42 than a husband but our young heroine is enad with the idea of being the mistress of Manderley Now she has a name Mrs de Winter and maybe to add a bit of obscurity to an already anemic personality du Maurier never shares her given name with us Daphne du Maurier and children at Menabilly the inspiration for ManderleyDaphne du Maurier comes from a famous family Her grandfather was the famous writer and Punch cartoonist George du Maurier Her father was a prominent stage manager named Sir Gerald du Maurier and her mother was the actress Muriel Beaumont Daphne had breeding brains and beauty which is used in reference to the character Rebecca as well and luckily du Maurier chose to do with this trilogy of assets than the character Du Maurier married Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Boy Browning whose exploits during Operation Market Garden were made into a film A Bridge too FarThe newly minted Mrs de Winter arrives at Manderley with nervous excitement She is well aware of her shortcomings She is too shy too young too trusting and though she is pretty she can not compete with the legendary Rebecca de Winter and her haunting beauty Rebecca always Rebecca Wherever I walked in Manderley wherever I sat even in my thought and in my dreams I met Rebecca I knew her figure now the long slim legs the small and narrow feet Her shoulders broader than mine the CAPABLE CLEVER HANDS HANDS THAT STEER A BOAT clever hands Hands that could steer a boat a horse Hands that arranged flowers made the models of ships and wrote Max from Rebecca on the fly leaf of a book I knew her face too small and oval the clear white skin the cloud of dark hair I knew the scent she wore I could guess her laughter and her smile If I heard it even among a thousand others I should recognise her voice Rebecca always Rebecca I should never be rid of Rebecca Waiting for Mrs de Winter is the number one fan and torchbearer of Rebecca Mrs Danvers Despite the best efforts of our young lady she is fighting a losing battle trying to win over Mrs Danvers by being deferential Mrs Danvers is loyal to the ghostly presence of Rebecca even to the point of preserving her room and possessions as they were when she was alive The that the new Mrs de Winter concedes the less respect she feels she has to show to the new mistress of the house Mrs Danvers played by Judith Anderson and Mrs de Winter played by Joan Fontaine in the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock movie We stood there by the door staring at one another I could not take my eyes away from hers How dark and sombre they were in that white skull s face of hers how malevolent how full of hatred You will feel yourself wanting to cheer as our heroine begins to gain confidence and as she begins to grow into her role we see Mrs Danvers start to diminish and with her the haunting presence of Rebecca Of course ust as things start to go right things start to go very wrong I was really surprised to learn that an edition of Rebecca was used as the key to a code book by the Germans during World War Two It is not believed that the book was ever used for passing information because a captured radio section made the Germans suspect that the book as a code had been compromised Ken Follett used this idea in his book The Key to Rebecca Other influences of possibly du Maurier s most famous character creation show up in Stephen King s Bag of Bones when Mrs Danvers is portrayed as the boogeyman Jasper Ffordes clones an army of Mrs Danvers in his Thursday Next series that sends a chill down the backs of the characters of those books There is much made of flowers and landscaping in this book The English do love their rose gardens and when my backyard is in full bloom it is without reservation that I can share how much pleasure looking at and moving among that bounty of blooms gives me No wild flowers came in the house at Manderley He had special cultivated flowers grown for the house alone in the walled garden A rose was one of the few flowers he said that looked better picked than growing A bowl of roses in a drawing room had a depth of colour and scent they had not possessed in the open There was something rather blowsy about roses in full bloom something shallow and raucous like women with untidy hair In the house they became mysterious and subtle Daphne du MaurierYou will feel the building tension as du Maurier drops hints of something sinister surrounding the walls of Manderley For me the sign of a well written book is the fact that I was on the edge of my seat despite having watched the movie several times I was ensnared by the plot feeling the same anxiety for the characters that I would have if they had been living breathing creatures in my own sphere of the universe The character studies explored in this book have turned out to be an important addition to the hall of fame of literary characters You will not forget Mrs Danver s spiteful insidious behavior or the tortured Heathcliffesue Maximilian de Winter or the numerous supporting cast that adds color and substance to the shadows of the plot If you like gothic romance with your cup of Earl Grey you will find this book an indispensable part of your library kept ready to hand for those days when you want to be swept away from a dreary sky and a rain splattered window The road to Manderley lay ahead There was no moon The sky above our heads was inky black But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all It was shot with crimson like a splash of blood And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea Check out my book and movie reviews at. 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Rebecca AUTHOR Daphne du Maurier603 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 1907 1989Rebecca is a thriller novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier Publication date 1938While working as the companion to a rich American woman on holiday in Monte Carlo the unnamed narrator a na ve young woman in her early 20s becomes acuainted with a wealthy Englishman George Fortescue Maximilian Maxim de Winter a 42 year old widower After a fortnight of courtship she agrees to marry him and after the wedding and honeymoon accompanies him to his mansion in Cornwall the beautiful estate Manderley 1974 1369 454 9645529093 1378 20 512 1342 1390 431 1389 1392 582 1392 527 Manderley and I had a much successful 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 suspenseWe can never go back again that much is certain The past is still close to us The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again and that sense of fear of furtive unrest struggling at length to blind unreasoning panic now mercifully stilled thank God might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion as it had beforeThe narrator a young and painfully self conscious girl is a paid companion to Mrs Van Hopper a snobbish social climber While they are in Monte Carlo Mrs Van Hopper bulldozes her way into an acuaintance with a uiet widower Maxim de Winter Despite our heroine s lack of status and social graces Maxim begins spending time with her and soon asks her to marry him Desperately in love with him she does so despite the vast differences in their ages wealth status ust about everything And despite his freuent rudeness and mockery of herAfter a too brief honeymoon they return to England and Maxim s lovely country estate Manderley presided over by the skeletal housekeeper Mrs Danvers who instantly takes a dislike to the new Mrs de Winter Mrs Danvers does her best to undercut the main character s lack of confidence in every way possible but mostly by holding up Maxim s first wife Rebecca as an impossibly high standard of beauty taste and accomplishment a standard that the second wife can never hope to reachThe second wife becomes and haunted by this paragon Rebecca even though there are clues in the things Maxim his sister and others say and don t say that maybe there was to Rebecca s character than the second wife realizesI found it fascinating how du Maurier tells you the end in the beginning in such a way that it doesn t spoil the story at all but adds to the underlying tension and sense of oppression The second Mrs de Winter thinks they are contented and perhaps they are but they are deeply damaged as well living a sort of half life Mrs Danvers is uite the character one wonders how much her presence in Rebecca s childhood influenced the person Rebecca became And Rebecca herself well without getting into spoiler territory she has an amazing presence in this novel for someone who s dead before it even startsI have to say that the second Mrs de Winter s paralyzing lack of self confidence and her gaucherie even though integral to the plot was really irksome to me at first Every time she d start off into another daydream which she did All The Time imagining conversations and events out of whole cloth I would mentally roll my eyes at her But once I realized that this is not to be read as a romance novel really the relationship here is pretty unhealthy on both sides I was free to appreciate the characters shortcomings instead of being frustrated by them and to see how those shortcomings and their past experiences combine to bring them together but pull them apart at the same time It s a fascinating psychological studyMy rating has gone from 3 to 4 to 5 stars It s a book that has really stuck with me Between the well drawn seriously flawed characters the brooding atmosphere with a feeling that disaster is ust waiting for the right moment to strike and the great plot twists Rebecca is deservedly a classic in its genre Initial commentsI read Rebecca maybe 15 years ago and didn t really care for it back then I m not entirely sure now of the reasons why but I think it may have been that I was expecting of a romance with some nice happy feels at the end So now that my expectations have been adjusted we re going to give this another shot 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 42 Ratings like that SPEAK It s not a hype eitherRebecca is the most enduring classic of Love and Evil I ve ever read Mystery gothic thriller drama secrets crime suspense some parts predictableyet not all there are surprise twists and turns three dimensional unforgettable characters gorgeous writing with vivid descriptions and a beautiful estate called Manderley No wildflowers came into the house at Manderley He had special and a beautiful estate called Manderley No wildflowers came into the house at Manderley He had special flowers grown for the house alone in the walled garden A rose was one of the few flowers he said that looked better pit them growing A bowl of roses in the drawing room had a depth of color and a cent they had not processed in the open There is something rather blowzy about roses in full bloom something shallow and raucous like women with and untidy hair In the house they became mysterious and subtle I loved it I loved it I loved it It s TIMELESSwith richness than many new release books of this genre Special thanks to Jean Sara and Candy and to many other Goodreads friends who read this before me REBECCA is
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novel once we can never forget I m definitely a new fan of author Daphne Du Maurer Scapegoat was also phenomenal PS I need to run out but I must come back and start reading other REBECCA reviews I read the last 80% in one sitting I m spent I must go offlinebut I ll be back for discussions etc Happy weekend to this lovely community 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 mentioningThe plot I have to be honest I udged 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 read but I doubt I will think it is great I have never been so wrong Mystery intrigue deception subterfuge twists turns misunderstandings accusations threats etc etc etc So much is happening in this story and it is greatThe characters each character plays their part very well Because of the nature of the plot you may not uite ever be sure who some of them really are and perhaps you will be left to make some udgements on your own Also this book has two characters that are the essence of love to hate one because they are a total a hole and the other because they are creepy as hell I don t know what it is but I often feel like authors freuently have a hard time getting easily hateable characters right That is far from the case here they are perfectSuspense and Mystery I will keep this short to avoid spoilers This book has about 7 big climaxesrevelations Every second between those will have you on the edge of your seat Others will catch you completely off guard I can guarantee you will catch yourself holding your breathSo in summary I loved it It was great Read it Don t be like me and think meh a classic named Rebecca probably boring It is not It is awesome Wellthis 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 much daunting 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 gorgeous prose when I see it Honestly I almost gave this three stars for the writing alone because it s so beautiful that it becomes distracting and when you pair this with a hauntingly gothic setting Magic Nature had come into her own again and little by little in her stealthy insidious way had encroached upon the drive with long tenacious fingers What ruined this for me were the attitudes and the actions of those depicted within it I m not one of those readers that have to love characters to enjoy a story or appreciate its message There have been uite a few instances where I ve rated a book highly even when I hated every single person in it That s because while I didn t necessarily agree with what they were doing or their thought processes I understood them on some level Sadly this is not the case with Rebecca The female lead who is also the narrator is left without a name throughout Upon reading the afterward I m wondering if that s because it would have been all too obvious if the author had named her Daphne She is the very definition of a Mary Sue taking almost entirely after the person who created her But for the sake of this review let s call the MC Not Cory I think it has a catchy ring to it It s also fitting as she is the complete and total opposite of me in almost every way imaginable When the book opens Not Cory is reflecting on her life and the remaining pages focus on the events she s reliving It all begins in Monte Carlo with her as the companion to a tactless and garish woman of means A chance encounter Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again The novel begins in Monte Carlo where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his As her bumping into a wealthy Englishman named Maxim de Winter a man twenty years her senior and recently widowed What follows is a whirlwind courtship set against the backdrop of the south of France Sounds lovely doesn t it Er not so much This part of the book served as nothing than a reminder of how foolish first love can make us My hat is off to Du Maurier for her flawless portrayal of this time in our lives when your future is spread out in front of you and all your fantasies still seem tangible What made it that much difficult to read was the MC Not Cory is a dreamer she lives largely inside of her head and the smallest thing from her companion choosing to host a cocktail party to the rising of the sun can send her mind spinning as she plays out the infinite conseuences of these things This tendency becomes obsessive when Maxim enters the picture Where she is both immature and na ve he is complicated and divided Her happiness becomes dependent on his smiles her misery decided by a harsh word Thanks to their age difference he s forgotten what this is like how raw and all consuming first love can be and he s careless with her feelings because of it He takes complete advantage of her throughout and I hated him almost from the point of his introduction The singular reason that he s even attracted to her at all is because view spoilershe is the antithesis of his late wife hide spoiler 5 I reread this in the anticipation for the new film adaptation of Rebecca I love the Alfred Hitchcock one so I am weary of if the new Netflix adaptation will do the book Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome justiceThis was an amazing reread I only wish I could experience this reading it for the first time again Original reviewThis story was so enthralling and unputdownable that it deserves much than five stars Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again one of the famous 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 pastThis was gripping from start to finish You find yourself so drawn into our unnamed narrator her emotions her turbulences that you feel everything she experiences throughout the book Reading this book I felt anger dread in the pit of my stomach grief that was almost heartbreaking the butterflies of love and fun enjoyment The book ensnares you into its web that you too are caught up in the lives of those at Manderley It is fascinating to go on thisourney with the narrator as she develops in to her own character and self identity I found that she was naive yet strong self doubting yet brave Even in times when she thinks she is at her weakest she is still fierce and raises up to face the challenge even if it takes some timeAt first our unnamed heroine is the lowly companion of the snobbish Mrs Van Hopper On a trip to the south of France she meets Max de Winter a handsome and mysterious widower whereupon she spends her days with him It is clear she is enamoured by him I remember laughing aloud and the laughing carried by the wind from me and looking at him I realised he laughed no longer he was once silent and detached the man of yesterday wrapped in his secret self he is a multifaceted character a mystery to be solved she is drawn to him and uickly falls in loveOur unnamed narrator has a bleak future until a proposal of marriage from Max takes her by surprise You don t understand I m not the sort of person men marryFrom here she is whisked away to the brooding Manderley a place so overbearing and different from our narrators upbringing that there is a sharp contrast between the two Upon their arrival at Manderley the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man In Manderley the narrator uncovers and unravels about the beautiful Rebecca Max s dead wife Rebecca s memory is kept alive by Mrs Danvers the housekeeper with reminders throughout Manderley of Rebecca s never ending and never forgotten presence Rebecca is described as beautiful intelligent outspoken and confident everything that our narrator is not Rebecca is almost a magical creature a goddess something forbidden that the narrator is unbearably tempted to find out obsessive and ealous of this woman She feeds her paranoia by imagining scenarios of what others must think of her as the new Mrs de Winter how little and worthless they must say she is in comparison to Rebecca She s so different from RebeccaThrough the course of the book the narrator confirms to herself that she does not fit in with her new expected lifestyle she makes friends with the house maid and often does things alone something which conflicts with the convention of how the wife of Mr de Winter should behave This further fuels our narrators feelings of being an outcast self doubt and anxiety I had not the pride I had not the guts I was badly bredThe book details clearly Mrs Danvers obsession and affection for Rebecca When Rebecca died she is devastated and angry at Max s behaviour She sets out reinforce Rebecca at Max s She sets out to reinforce Rebecca memory to the staff to Max and to the new Mrs de Winter through cold and manipulative ways Mrs Danvers would be described as the villain of this novel with her eyes dark and sombre in that white face of hers It is clear from the start that Mrs Danvers does not like the new Mrs De Winter and is cruel The expression on her face loathsome triumphantThe face of an exulting devil She stood theresmiling at meThrough "these cruel interactions with Mrs Danvers the loneliness the self doubt and "cruel interactions with Mrs Danvers the loneliness the self doubt and s cold hearted behaviour our narrator faces something that no one in love wants to face or admit to We re not meant for happiness you and IThis book was so brilliantly fleshed out Daphne Du Maurier does a brilliant ob at describing the characters their emotions their body movements their tone of voice that these characters are so life like and real I absolutely loved some of the secondary characters in this book Mr Crawley the faithful companion to Max de Winter a true gentleman and friend to our narrator and the loveable Ben the simple minded man that stays on the beach who is much perceptive than anyone gives him credit for These characters were so well thought out and planned and were interwoven into the plot magnificentlyIn addition the description of Manderley was so well done from the Happy Valley of flowers to the cold steel grey sea you felt yourself immersed in the settings so wonderfully described that you could almost touch themOverall this book is so much than a gothic romance It covers scandal lies love the other woman ealousy and self identity A very highly enjoyable read that I wish I could turn back time so that I could experience the book as a first time read all over again 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 once as if for the first time Truth be told this wasn t actually my first time reading this uintessential 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 reading very much like a first time For that I am actually grateful because I completely immersed and surrendered myself to the beautiful writing of the remarkably talented Daphne du MaurierThe unnamed narrator is an inexperienced and insecure young woman with not much of a future to speak of unless becoming a companion to an overbearing busybody by the name of Mrs Van Hopper could be called a promising prospect So when the handsome mysterious and 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 taleWhat du Maurier understood is that the heart of the romantic gothic is the struggle between two women one waking up to a new life and one not content to remain a ghost The man may be their conflicting goal the house and landscape their arena but it is the battle between these two women for life and power and autonomy that is the essence of the taleIn Rebecca the man is the haunted moody Maxim de Winter who has married a never named young woman a naive paid companion whom he has met during a recent stay in Monte Carlo The two return to Maxim s ancestral estate of Manderley but the new wife soon finds the old house and grounds as well as the mind of her increasingly melancholy husband dominated by the spirit of Rebecca his dead first wife The author s simplifying genius resides in the fact that in Rebecca the spirit of the dead woman animates the house and the landscape and obsesses the man Conseuently every attempt of the new Mrs de Winter the narrator to adjust to the house and staff including the daunting housekeeper Mrs Danvers to explore the house and grounds or to comprehend the past events that interfere with her present happiness are part of the novel s central struggle and its secret history The second Mrs de Winter s descriptions may be nuanced and leisurely occasionally painful in their innocence but every encounter each exploration brings us closer to the heart of the mystery of Rebecca and Manderley tooBeside the exemplary construction of the narrative the other things I liked most about the book were the detailed descriptions of Manderley the lingering power of the first two chapters the only two set in the present and the intriguingly ambiguous fate of the narrator of the novel the second Mrs de Winter the woman with no nameOne of the guilty pleasures of a good gothic. Udden 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 re. ,

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