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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
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Aug 03, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: bucket-list-books, owned, classics, favourites, adaptations
Read from April 05 to 14, 2011

I was actually pretty skeptical going into this book. I've heard so many people compare this to Jane Eyreand I didn't believe that anyone could ever do justice to it.I read past the famous opening line:

Last Night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

I was hooked.

I admire du Maurier. She had the balls to take elements from such an iconic piece of literature--gothic mansion, young bride, Byronic hero,-- and she makes it her own. Let's start with our unnamed narrator, the second Mrs.Max de Winter; not unlike my beloved Jane, Mrs. de Winter is young and poor. She marries an older, wealthier man. That's where the similarity stops. Where as Jane's intelligence and vivacity is constrained by her sense of duty, Mrs. de Winter is naive and insecure. She takes on the role as the Mistress of Manderley, and becomes dependent on others because of her insecurities. And yet, du Maurier is such a great writer that we start to care about this meek character. Not only that, but we start to understand her fears.

Du Maurier is also the master at setting the tone of the novel.Every little detail in the book, from the placement of the furniture in Manderley, to the namelessness of our main heroine, contribute to the mood of the novel. Although the novel takes place after Rebecca's death, and there aren't any ghosts (in the Charles Dickens sense, at least), Rebecca's presence is the strongest in the book.

Bravo du Maurier, bravo.
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Apokripos Sorry if I just scanned you review, my dear Regine. That's because I'm raring to read this one by May. Nonetheless, this review encouraged me that I indeed must read this book with gothic, ghosts and all.

Thanks my dear...

from jzhunagev xoxo

Regine Thanks for the like. Read it, you have to let me know what you think.

Kwesi 章英狮 Sana I take Jzhun's words seriously. I have to buy this book.

K.D. Absolutely I have this book for ages. My hesitation is that it has that feel of being a classic chick lit like "Emma" but since it is a dual 501/1001 book, I will have to read it soon! Thanks for the review.

Regine It's not at all like Emma. It's very dark and sinister. And Emma was spectacular.

Kwesi 章英狮 Regine, you have to try The Thirteenth Tale! Swear you'll like it!

Regine Intrigued. Added to my "to-read" list.

Try Rebecca.

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