No spoilers ... I did not appreciate Rebecca at all until I finished it.
I had been expecting an engrossing novel of romance and mystery told throughNo spoilers ... I did not appreciate Rebecca at all until I finished it.
I had been expecting an engrossing novel of romance and mystery told through a feminist lens. Expecting a heroine and relationship I could root for, I was sorely disappointed. It read so anti-feminist to me that I could not enjoy the well-written story. For any reader who likes her heroines strong, Rebecca cannot be enjoyed as a linear romance/mystery novel.
IT IS NOT A ROMANCE NOVEL, and it's disturbing to me how many modern readers -- reviewers on Goodreads at least -- find it romantic. The male lead -- Max de Winters -- is cold and domineering, as his name suggests. The house, MANderlay, is the bastion of those qualities, as its name suggests. Our "heroine" is weak, and we never even learn her name. Fifty Shades of Grey tells a more liberated romance story than this.
I now get it. There is no "heroine." The novel is allegorical and subversive of the romance/mystery genre. It is brilliant in that. I would have enjoyed reading it much more had I read it with that in mind. It is a story that subverts expectations and artfully illustrates the conflict women have (had) in a patriarchal society between acquiescence to male values (the narrator) and burning desire to break patriarchal norms (Rebecca). ...more
I've heard SoS described as magical realism, and it did remind me of 100 Years of Solitude in the first half when I questioned where it was going andI've heard SoS described as magical realism, and it did remind me of 100 Years of Solitude in the first half when I questioned where it was going and it felt a bit aimless. But it still seemed far different -- more like mythical realism than magical. None of the characters were too likeable for too long, if at all. In the end, though, i was moved by the story and characters. Morrison writes beautifully....more
Until the end, I was loving this book, and thought it would be 5 stars for sure. The story and characters seemed more interesting than previous instalUntil the end, I was loving this book, and thought it would be 5 stars for sure. The story and characters seemed more interesting than previous installments. After I had finished, I was annoyed by the plot holes. (See below after "spoiler" warning.) Also, Harry's angst and anger, and ALL CAPS, had grown tiresome. I still give it 4 stores for 800 really good pages, but it feels generous in light of the frustrated and annoyed feeling I had upon finishing. :(
** Spoilers beyond **
Mainly, Harry had a mirror all along from which he could contact Sirius and, if he had just used it, we could have avoided pretty much the whole book. Upon finding the mirror, he doesn't even acknowledge as much. This brought to mind other plot holes. E.g., instead of a trial about whether or not Harry was telling the truth about dementors, why didn't he just take some veritaserum to prove he was telling the truth? ...more
This was the first book we read out loud as a family - I read to my husband, 10 year old and 8 year old. The dog was always with us. The experience waThis was the first book we read out loud as a family - I read to my husband, 10 year old and 8 year old. The dog was always with us. The experience was fantastic, and couldn't have been so great is Wonder was not as good as it was. I didn't think it was perfect, and I edited while reading on a few occasions. The 10 year-olds were "dating" too much for my taste (and more than contributed beneficially to the story). Some characters read to me as props. But the book was meaningful and fun to read for all in my family -- no small feat....more
As someone who usually feels frustrated by short stories - if they are good, they are too short, and if they are bad, they are bad - i really enjoyedAs someone who usually feels frustrated by short stories - if they are good, they are too short, and if they are bad, they are bad - i really enjoyed most in this collection. Each story was a tightly wrapped package that delved into and elevated the otherwise mundane. Hateship, Friendship ... and The Bear Came Over the Mountain were my favorites....more