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message 1: by Beverly (new)

Beverly This is one of my favorite books and the movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine is one of my favorite older movies. Looking forward to your review


message 2: by Diane (new)

Diane Barnes I just read this book last summer. Not sure how or why I avoided it for so long, it is truly a classic suspense novel. And I loved the movie with Joan Fontaine as well. Had to get it from the library though, Netflix didn't have it.


message 3: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Beverly and Diane I've watched the movie a couple of times on TCM, but have never read the book so I picked it up from the library along with The Reivers. I'm sure you are both way ahead of me on the Faulkner read.


message 4: by Beverly (new)

Beverly Jeffrey wrote: "Beverly and Diane I've watched the movie a couple of times on TCM, but have never read the book so I picked it up from the library along with The Reivers. I'm sure you are both way ahead of me on t..."

Actually, I have been so busy lately that I am behind on my reading. I'm also trying to read Swann's Way and The Talented Mr. Ripley at the same time. (You probably think what an odd combination of books) Just finished Chapter One from The Reivers yesterday. I hope there will be time this weekend for me to catch up.


message 5: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Beverly wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "Beverly and Diane I've watched the movie a couple of times on TCM, but have never read the book so I picked it up from the library along with The Reivers. I'm sure you are both way ..."

I'm about 150 pages into Swann's Way. I have a long weekend off so my intention is to finish Rebecca and Swann's Way and make good progress in The Reivers because Shadow Country is lurking the wings waiting for me to start it. I am the king of reading odd books at the same time, in fact normally I insist on great reading diversity, because I never know what I will be in the mood for on a given hour and I like having choices. The Swann's Way review now that will be a bugger to sort out and then I will be reviewing Shadow Country and how do I keep that to 1500 words or less? It is all a puzzle and will be sorted out.


message 6: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Ooh, I'm currently reading this one too. And Swann's Way. They both seem to love their flowers and paragraph sentences.


message 7: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Aubrey wrote: "Ooh, I'm currently reading this one too. And Swann's Way. They both seem to love their flowers and paragraph sentences."

We must be operating on the same frequency Aubrey. How cool! I find these books read best late at night after two glasses of red wine paired with a cup of Earl Grey. Must slow the mind down just a trifle.


message 8: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Jeffrey wrote: "Aubrey wrote: "Ooh, I'm currently reading this one too. And Swann's Way. They both seem to love their flowers and paragraph sentences."

We must be operating on the same frequency Aubrey. How cool!..."


Mm, that does sound lovely. I may get some wine (and wine glasses) just for that. The books are worth it.


message 9: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Cornwall country : it logjams me and I lerv-it.


message 10: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Sketchbook wrote: "Cornwall country : it logjams me and I lerv-it."

The copy I picked up from the library also has Frenchman's Creek and Jamaica Inn included with Rebecca. I'm thinking about reading the other two as well. Have you read those? I should be able to write a review for Rebecca tomorrow morning.


message 11: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook No - I havent read these 2. But I just read her modern social 'comedy' "The Parasites" which I recommend. It disappointed her fans... Im reading her stories; generally v impressed. Living in Cornwall, she never courted the Lon lit crowd. Result : it snubbed her.


message 12: by Beverly (last edited Jan 20, 2013 01:22PM) (new)

Beverly I read Jamaica Inn last month. I liked it but ,in my opinion, it is not as good as Rebecca. Several years ago I read the story "The Birds" from The Birds & Other Stories. I love to watch Alfred Hitchcock movies so in several cases I have gone back to read the books or stories on which he based his movies. Both the movie and story were good but I was surprised at how loosely the movie, "The Birds", was based on the story.


message 13: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Essentially, H just used the "idea."


message 14: by Beverly (new)

Beverly Sketchbook wrote: "Essentially, H just used the "idea.""

Sketchbook wrote: "Essentially, H just used the "idea.""

Yes, I agree.


message 15: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Beverly wrote: "I read Jamaica Inn last month. I liked it but ,in my opinion, it is not as good as Rebecca. Several years ago I read the story "The Birds" from The Birds & Other Stories. I love to watch Alfred Hit..."

I watched The Birds when I was a wee tot and it scared the crap out of me especially since the farm that year had been overrun with big black crows, so I will always have a soft spot for that movie creating a summer of terror for me. Even now when I see the water tower speckled with big black birds I still get a shiver.


message 16: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Sketchbook wrote: "No - I havent read these 2. But I just read her modern social 'comedy' "The Parasites" which I recommend. It disappointed her fans... Im reading her stories; generally v impressed. Living in Cornwa..."

That makes me like her even more. I will definitely add The Parasites to my reading queue. Thanks.


message 17: by knig (new)

knig Apropos the birds, over Christmas we were treated to this little gem on BBC

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2132485/

which is fascinating, despite all the online debates about whether it was character assasination or not. If you liked the birds, you might like seeing the background to how the film was made.


message 18: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten knig wrote: "Apropos the birds, over Christmas we were treated to this little gem on BBC

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2132485/

which is fascinating, despite all the online debates about whether it was characte..."


I'm so glad to hear The Girl was good. I have it in my Netflix queue. Thanks for reminding me knig. I need to move it up.


message 19: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook Tippi was naive & dumb. She was confronted by an obese qvueen. If she'd dropped her panties and barfed, "Lick IT!," Hitch would have had heart attack on spot. ~~ (Yes, his pics are marvels).


message 20: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Sketchbook wrote: "Tippi was naive & dumb. She was confronted by an obese qvueen. If she'd dropped her panties and barfed, "Lick IT!," Hitch would have had heart attack on spot. ~~ (Yes, his pics are marvels)."

Poor Alfie he sure liked his blondes.


message 21: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook He did, he did...


message 22: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne One of my favorite books.


message 23: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 one of my favourite reads and in my top 20 from the 1001 books to read before you die list.


message 24: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Suzanne wrote: "One of my favorite books."

I can understand why. Reading this book was a great experience.


message 25: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "one of my favourite reads and in my top 20 from the 1001 books to read before you die list."

Now that is really saying something, top twenty, wow! I will be giving it some more thought over the next couple of days, but my initial thought is top fifty for me. I think people who may think they won't like this book may be surprised how much they end up liking it. I am so pleasantly surprised to discover that the movie and the book both are equally well done. I'm looking forward to reading more of du Maurier's work. It is always so nice to hear from you.


message 26: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Jeffrey wrote: "Suzanne wrote: "One of my favorite books."

I can understand why. Reading this book was a great experience."


Have you read The White Garden by Stephanie Barron? It has a similar feel.


message 27: by Steve (new)

Steve "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've neither seen the movie nor read the book. I suspect I will, though, thanks in no small part to this excellent review. Sounds like I might end up far enough to the the edge of my seat to fall off.


message 28: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Suzanne wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "Suzanne wrote: "One of my favorite books."

I can understand why. Reading this book was a great experience."

Have you read The White Garden by Stephanie Barron? It has a similar f..."

That book sounds like it is right in my wheel house. Thanks for the recommendation.


message 29: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne You are so welcome! I enjoyed it.


message 30: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Steve wrote: ""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've neither seen the movie nor read the book. I suspect I ..."


Ahhh yes Steve. I was skeptical of both; in fact, and proven wrong each time. I would probably read the book the first, but I really don't think it matters. Both deliver the goods.

Clench those titanium buns (wild assumption?) and I bet you can hang onto the lip of the chair. haha Thanks Steve.


message 31: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne For those folks who liked the movie version of Rebecca, check out Laura with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. It has the same brooding atmosphere that R. does.


message 32: by Steve (new)

Steve Jeffrey wrote: "titanium buns (wild assumption?)"

Well, maybe not titanium. But not cottage cheese either. :-)


message 33: by Franky (new)

Franky Interesting. I'm getting ready to read this. Great review.


message 34: by Kalliope (new)

Kalliope Nice... Time to revisit this...!!, and buy myself a new "rebequita" or small cardigan (from rebeca)., as we call them in Spain.


message 35: by Mark (new)

Mark Excellent review of a wondrous book. The Hitchcock film was on tv over the Christmas period here in UK. Fontaine is so beautiful and Mrs Danvers so marvelously hateful.


message 36: by Cathy (last edited Jan 22, 2013 05:39AM) (new)

Cathy DuPont Nice, Jeff, very enjoyable.

Like to wait a day or so before I read your reviews because by that time other readers have made comments which I really enjoy reading...your responses as well. I've found that I'm not all that fond of 'brooding' literature. Rather be in pub with music and laughter all around.

Keep up the good great work!


message 37: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook There's one bio now on DdM which I found lacking. I hope someone does another that catches her "essence." A fascinating woman.


message 38: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Franky wrote: "Interesting. I'm getting ready to read this. Great review."

Thanks Franky. I hope you like it.


message 39: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Kalliope wrote: "Nice... Time to revisit this...!!, and buy myself a new "rebequita" or small cardigan (from rebeca)., as we call them in Spain."

When you review the book you'll have to post a pic of you in your rebequita. Interesting that they are called that there.


message 40: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Mark wrote: "Excellent review of a wondrous book. The Hitchcock film was on tv over the Christmas period here in UK. Fontaine is so beautiful and Mrs Danvers so marvelously hateful."

I will certainly look at the movie through different eyes now. Flavor has been added to the next viewing. Thanks Mark, books like these make writing reviews easy.


message 41: by Kalliope (new)

Kalliope Jeffrey wrote: "Kalliope wrote: "Nice... Time to revisit this...!!, and buy myself a new "rebequita" or small cardigan (from rebeca)., as we call them in Spain."

When you review the book you'll have to post a pic..."


Yes, ever since the film was shown in Spain decades ago, a cardigan became a "rebeca".


message 42: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Cathy wrote: "Nice, Jeff, very enjoyable.

Like to wait a day or so before I read your reviews because by that time other readers have made comments which I really enjoy reading...your responses as well. I've f..."


You are such a party girl Cathy! haha I don't think broody Mr. de Winter would have had much luck sweeping you off your feet even with the promise of Manderley. Thank you Cathy for your support.


message 43: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Sketchbook wrote: "There's one bio now on DdM which I found lacking. I hope someone does another that catches her "essence." A fascinating woman."

I've got a copy of the Margaret Forster bio which I do intend to read just to get a better framework of her life before I read more of her novels.


message 44: by Beverly (new)

Beverly Jeffrey wrote: "Beverly wrote: "I read Jamaica Inn last month. I liked it but ,in my opinion, it is not as good as Rebecca. Several years ago I read the story "The Birds" from The Birds & Other Stories. I love to ..."

I agree; it can make me nervous too when I see a large flock of birds landing near me. Read your review of Rebecca and it was another great one.


message 45: by Cathy (new)

Cathy DuPont Jeffrey wrote: "Cathy wrote: "Nice, Jeff, very enjoyable.

Like to wait a day or so before I read your reviews because by that time other readers have made comments which I really enjoy reading...your responses as..."


Yep, take more than Manderly or Menabilly (and you are so right re: the sound of the names of the estates) to sweep me off my feet into a warm bed under either of those roofs. Rather be in a shack by the creek, thank you very much.


message 46: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Beverly wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "Beverly wrote: "I read Jamaica Inn last month. I liked it but ,in my opinion, it is not as good as Rebecca. Several years ago I read the story "The Birds" from The Birds & Other St

Thank you Beverly! Yes, keep an eye on those birds you never know when they will decide you are on the menu.



message 47: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Cathy wrote: "Jeffrey wrote: "Cathy wrote: "Nice, Jeff, very enjoyable.

Like to wait a day or so before I read your reviews because by that time other readers have made comments which I really enjoy reading...y..."


I could try my hand at brooding for a while if I could be the master of Manderley. First order of business of course would be to fire Mrs. Danvers, help her pack, and escort her off the property.


message 48: by Kris (new)

Kris This is a wonderful review of one of my favorite books (and movies). Wonderful images as always, but also lovely attention to du Maurier's life and to some details I've never seen mentioned in a review of Rebecca before, like the flowers.

You should definitely read "The Birds" -- du Maurier's short story is infinitely more creepy and affecting than the movie. NYRB has reissued the collection of stories Don't Look Now: Selected Stories of Daphne Du Maurier, which contains "The Birds" and I recommend highly.


message 49: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook --But the NYRB edition omits 2 of her best stories : The Apple Tree and The Little Photographer. I would recommend the Virago Modern Classics edition.


message 50: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Kris wrote: "This is a wonderful review of one of my favorite books (and movies). Wonderful images as always, but also lovely attention to du Maurier's life and to some details I've never seen mentioned in a re..."

Thank you Kris. I'm glad I could bring a bit of originality to a review of a book that has been reviewed on GR numerous times.

I really liked the photo of du Maurier dangling a cigarette from her mouth. It makes me feel like I'm about to have a conversation with her.

I can't wait to read the short stories.


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