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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
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Apr 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, mystery, romance
Read in May, 2009

I decided to read Rebecca since I haven't read any du Maurier and it's the one I've heard most about. I also saw it compared to Jane Eyre a lot, and Jane Eyre's one of my favourite books. It really did remind me of Jane Eyre in some ways, but I didn't get as much into it. For the first one hundred and fifty pages I didn't really feel much about it at all, like or dislike. I wasn't particularly invested in the characters -- I already thought Rebecca was being blown out of all proportion, and I didn't like Maxim either. The way the narrator feels about the way he treats her for most of the book is entirely right, he treats her like a pet. And the narrator herself... I could sympathise with her naivety, but at the same time, she let herself be treated that way, always believing she was going wrong. I felt desperately uncomfortable for her, especially early in the book, which explains why I didn't get into it as much.

Somewhere after the one hundred and fifty page mark, I did get into it and found the rest a lot easier to read. I didn't start to sympathise more with Maxim until the 'shocking' truth about Rebecca comes out, and he begins to act differently, and his relationship with the narrator becomes a tad less irritating and a bit more of a romance. It did irritate me a little than the narrator never seemed to care that her husband had killed someone, never seemed to doubt him at all. In fact, nobody seemed to think anything of Maxim killing his wife, even though they supposedly acted out marital bliss so very well.

The strongest characters are probably Rebecca and Mrs Danvers. Rebecca haunts the narrative, appropriately enough, and you can see her hand in everything. I didn't find her very likeable, though, even before I knew that something was up. She seemed a bit... too perfect. Mrs Danvers is kind of crazy, but I actually sympathised a little. My favourite characters were Frank and Beatrice, though -- Beatrice was quite strong and nice, though a bit tactless, and Frank was just nice.

I'm glad I read this, though. A lot of the books I've read recently have referenced it in some way -- Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels, and Stephen King's Bag of Bones, for example. I have Jamaica Inn to read, too. I don't think du Maurier is ever going to be one of my favourite authors, but it was nice to try.
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05/10/2009 page 152
34.47% "I don't know how I feel about this, so far. I don't like it or dislike it."
05/10/2009 page 299
67.8% "Suddenly got much more interested in this."
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