My Cousin Rachel
Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed t...more
To think that just a few short months ago, I was under the impression that Daphne du Maurier only wrote one novel worth reading, the splendid Rebecca. I could not have been more wrong.
My Cousin Rachel is a wonderful read. A psychological thriller, the novel is set in 19th Century Cornwall and in Florence. The narrator, Philip Ashley, falls in love with – or rather, becomes obsessed with - his cousin’s widow, Rachel, who may or may not be a murderess. The development and consequences of Philip’s...more
The novel's narrator is Philip Ashley, a young man who had been orphaned at the early age of seven. He was raised by his bachelor uncle Ambrose, the owner of a large country estate on the Cornish coast. In the first chapter, we learn Philip's life story up to the age of 24.
Ambrose had been a very unconventional guardian, teaching Ph...more
The story is about Philip and Ambrose...more
it's four days later. today i was at the pool with one of my other books, & felt a strange void/longing that i couldn't immediately identify. then i realized the least time i was at the pool i was reading this book. i missed it. suddenly, the book i was reading became painfully inadequate, almost disgusting. it was like i had gone to bed with johnny depp & woken up next to rodney dangerfield. "ech,...more
The book is written from the 1st person POV of Philip Ashley. Philip is a 25-year old heir to his beloved older cousin Ambrose, who for years have been substituting Philip's dead parents. Unexpectedly, on one of his doctor-advised trips to Italy, 43-year old Ambrose marries his (and Philip's) distant cousin Rachel. Soon after the wedding Philip starts receiving alarming le...more
Having now finished the third book in my quest to read more by the author, I am not sure: I'm not disa...more
Daphne du Maurier was so good at landscape and atmosphere, too -- Cornwall especially, but I recognised the impressions of a visitor to Italy, too.
With The House on the Strand, her work feels much more dateable. But there's some...more
The story of Philip and his enigmatic cousin Rachel is much simpler in terms of plot than “Rebecca” but somehow I found myself enjo...more
Daphne Du Maurier is a master in building suspense and depicting in depth the characters, their emotions and weaknesses. Her style is also so essential and linear that there's not a single...more
I felt like I was living inside the story, and found it hard to have to put the book down.
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My Cousin Rachel is a "deeper" book than Rebecca. The characterization is richer and more complex. The plot is far more intricate, maybe too intricate for the taste of some readers and perhaps this is why the book is not more widely read. Maybe it's just a simpl...more
I love the setting, I love the time period. I love the characters because they are so endlessly and deliciously frustrating...more
The centre point of the story that is left unanswered!
Philip Ashley is orphaned at an early age and is raised by his old cousin Ambrose Ashley in Cornwall. Due to health constraints, Ambrose makes a trip to Rome to spend the winter there and while traveling he meets his distant cousin and widow Countess Rachel Sangaletti, a woman Philip has never heard about before.
Quite to Philip's surprise, Ambrose
This follows the tale of young Philip whose left with the company of his cousin Rachel when her husband (and the man who raised him) dies. The entire book focuses around a is she nice/secretly a black widow effect and is excellently done. I think du Maurier does intrigue like no other author can and thankfully I got the ending I...more
I do enjoy her writing style...I feel it flows very nicely and is not overly wordy, but I am...more
In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles that of a fairy tale. Born int...more