Rebecca

Rebecca Last Night I Dreamt I Went To Manderley AgainWorking As A Lady S Companion, The Heroine Of Rebecca Learns Her Place Her Future Looks Bleak Until, On A Trip To The South Of France, She Meets Max De Winter, A Handsome Widower Whose Sudden Proposal Of Marriage Takes Her By Surprise She Accepts, But Whisked From Glamorous Monte Carlo To The Ominous And Brooding Manderley, The New Mrs De Winter Finds Max A Changed Man And The Memory Of His Dead Wife Rebecca Is Forever Kept Alive By The Forbidding Housekeeper, Mrs DanversNot Since Jane Eyre Has A Heroine Faced Such Difficulty With The Other Woman An International Bestseller That Has Never Gone Out Of Print, Rebecca Is The Haunting Story Of A Young Girl Consumed By Love And The Struggle To Find Her Identity

If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have created magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a

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  • Paperback
  • 441 pages
  • Rebecca
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • English
  • 22 April 2017
  • 9781844080380

10 thoughts on “Rebecca

  1. says:

    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.This is one of the famous lines in literature certainly it belongs in the same conversation as Call me Ishmael Even to people who have never read the book or seen the excellent movie by Alfred Hitchcock might have a glimmer of recognition at the mention of a place called Manderley Daphne du Maurier leased a place called Menabilly which became the basis for the fictional Manderley Aren t we glad she changed the name Just say Manderley a few times and then say Menabilly a few times If you are like me you linger over the vowels and consonants of Manderley and with Menabilly you just want it off your tongue as quickly as possible Daphne du Maurier on the staircase at MenabillyThe narrator, a young woman of 21, is never formally introduced to us She is a companion for an odious American woman named Mrs Van Hoppers They are in Monte Carlo and when Mrs Van Hoppers comes down with an illness inspired by boredom than by a virus or bacteria our narrator finds herself free to spend time with the widower Maximilian de Winter He is famous, but his house, Manderley is even famous Parties on a Gatsby scale, beautiful landscaping, and of course the architecture of a grand English estate have made Manderley a most coveted invitation Laurence Olivier as Maximilian de WinterAfter a whirlwind romance, the dashing de Winter sweeps the impressionable young lady off her feet, pries her loose from the services of Mrs Van Hoppers, and marries her He is distant, moody, and yet charming like a father, he is 42, than a husband, but our young heroine is enad with the idea of being the mistress of Manderley Now she has a name, Mrs de Winter, and maybe to add a bit of obscurity to an already anemic personality du Maurier never shares her given name with us Daphne du Maurier and children at Menabilly the inspiration for ManderleyDaphne du Maurier comes from a famous family Her grandfather was the famous writer and Punch cartoonist George du Maurier Her father was a prominent stage manager named Sir Gerald du Maurier and her mother was the actress Muriel Beaumont Daphne had breeding, brains, and beauty which is used in reference to the character Rebecca as well, and luckily du Maurier chose to do with this trilogy of assets than the character Du Maurier married Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Boy Browning whose exploits during Operation Market Garden were made into a film A Bridge too Far.The newly minted Mrs de Winter arrives at Manderley with nervous excitement She is well aware of her shortcomings She is too shy, too young, too trusting, and though she is pretty she can not compete with the legendary Rebecca de Winter and her haunting beauty Rebecca, always Rebecca Wherever I walked in Manderley, wherever I sat, even in my thought and in my dreams, I met Rebecca I knew her figure now, the long slim legs, the small and narrow feet Her shoulders broader than mine, the capable clever hands Hands that could steer a boat, could hold a horse Hands that arranged flowers, made the models of ships, and wrote Max from Rebecca on the fly leaf of a book I knew her face too, small and oval, the clear white skin, the cloud of dark hair I knew the scent she wore, I could guess her laughter and her smile If I heard it, even among a thousand others, I should recognise her voice Rebecca, always Rebecca I should never be rid of Rebecca Waiting for Mrs de Winter is the number one fan and torchbearer of Rebecca, Mrs Danvers Despite the best efforts of our young lady, she is fighting a losing battle trying to win over Mrs Danvers by being deferential Mrs Danvers is loyal to the ghostly presence of Rebecca even to the point of preserving her room and possessions as they were when she was alive The that the new Mrs de Winter concedes the less respect she feels she has to show to the new mistress of the house Mrs Danvers played by Judith Anderson and Mrs de Winter played by Joan Fontaine in the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock movie We stood there by the door, staring at one another I could not take my eyes away from hers How dark and sombre they were in that white skull s face of hers, how malevolent, how full of hatred You will feel yourself wanting to cheer as our heroine begins to gain confidence and as she begins to grow into her role we see Mrs Danvers start to diminish and with her the haunting presence of Rebecca Of course just as things start to go right, things start to go very wrong I was really surprised to learn that an edition of Rebecca was used as the key to a code book by the Germans during World War Two It is not believed that the book was ever used for passing information because a captured radio section made the Germans suspect that the book, as a code, had been compromised Ken Follett used this idea in his book The Key to Rebecca Other influences of possibly du Maurier s most famous character creation, show up in Stephen King s Bag of Bones when Mrs Danvers is portrayed as the boogeyman Jasper Ffordes clones an army of Mrs Danvers in his Thursday Next series that sends a chill down the backs of the characters of those books There is much made of flowers and landscaping in this book The English do love their rose gardens and when my backyard is in full bloom it is without reservation that I can share how much pleasure looking at and moving among that bounty of blooms gives me No wild flowers came in the house at Manderley He had special cultivated flowers, grown for the house alone, in the walled garden A rose was one of the few flowers, he said, that looked better picked than growing A bowl of roses in a drawing room had a depth of colour and scent they had not possessed in the open There was something rather blowsy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair In the house they became mysterious and subtle Daphne du MaurierYou will feel the building tension as du Maurier drops hints of something sinister surrounding the walls of Manderley 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 was ensnared by the plot, feeling the same anxiety for the characters that I would have if they had been living breathing creatures in my own sphere of the universe The character studies explored in this book have turned out to be an important addition to the hall of fame of literary characters You will not forget Mrs Danver s spiteful, insidious behavior or the tortured, Heathcliffesque Maximilian de Winter or the numerous supporting cast that adds color and substance to the shadows of the plot If you like gothic romance with your cup of Earl Grey you will find this book an indispensable part of your library, kept ready to hand for those days when you want to be swept away from a dreary sky and a rain splattered window The road to Manderley lay ahead There was no moon The sky above our heads was inky black But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all It was shot with crimson, like a splash of blood And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea Check out my book and movie reviews at

  2. says:

    This is it THE delicious, curl up next to the fire under a blanket with tea book THE windowsill on a rainy day with your pet book THE stay up all night book A chill goes down your spine but in a good way while reading it It is a masterpiece of gothic literature, the inheritor of the tradition of novels like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre I d call it the 20th Century Jane Eyre, actually, with a modernist twist It is written so that the characters and events come to seem quite believable in the context even while they slowly make the hairs on the back of your necks stand on end Whether you re generally a fan of mystery, romance or thrillers, this book is quite simply a delicious read.

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    Well this is awkward So, most of my friends love this book Naturally, I wanted to as well I blame the herd mentality Baaah Did I love this book At times, yes Did I also loathe this book At times, yes It s made deciding on a rating a much daunting task than I normally face After reflecting on it for some time, and re reading my f bomb laden notes, I m going with two stars, because as a whole, I did not enjoy this While I greatly detested some aspects, I can still recognize gorgeous prose when I see it Honestly, I almost gave this three stars for the writing alone, because it s so beautiful that it becomes distracting, and when you pair this with a hauntingly gothic setting Magic Nature had come into her own again and, little by little, in her stealthy, insidious way had encroached upon the drive with long, tenacious fingers What ruined this for me were the attitudes and the actions of those depicted within it I m not one of those readers that have to love characters to enjoy a story or appreciate its message There have been quite a few instances where I ve rated a book highly even when I hated every single person in it That s because while I didn t necessarily agree with what they were doing, or their thought processes, I understood them on some level Sadly, this is not the case with Rebecca The female lead, who is also the narrator, is left without a name throughout Upon reading the afterward, I m wondering if that s because it would have been all too obvious if the author had named her Daphne She is the very definition of a Mary Sue, taking almost entirely after the person who created her But, for the sake of this review, let s call the MC Not Cory I think it has a catchy ring to it It s also fitting, as she is the complete and total opposite of me in almost every way imaginable When the book opens, Not Cory is reflecting on her life, and the remaining pages focus on the events she s reliving It all begins in Monte Carlo, with her as the companion to a tactless and garish woman of means A chance encounter has her bumping into a wealthy Englishman named Maxim de Winter, a man twenty years her senior and recently widowed What follows is a whirlwind courtship set against the backdrop of the south of France Sounds lovely, doesn t it Er, not so much This part of the book served as nothing than a reminder of how foolish first love can make us My hat is off to Du Maurier for her flawless portrayal of this time in our lives, when your future is spread out in front of you and all your fantasies still seem tangible What made it that much difficult to read was the MC Not Cory is a dreamer she lives largely inside of her head, and the smallest thing, from her companion choosing to host a cocktail party, to the rising of the sun, can send her mind spinning as she plays out the infinite consequences of these things This tendency becomes obsessive when Maxim enters the picture Where she is both immature and na ve, he is complicated and divided Her happiness becomes dependent on his smiles, her misery decided by a harsh word Thanks to their age difference, he s forgotten what this is like, how raw and all consuming first love can be, and he s careless with her feelings because of it He takes complete advantage of her throughout, and I hated him almost from the point of his introduction The singular reason that he s even attracted to her at all is because view spoiler she is the antithesis of his late wife hide spoiler

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    A woman, a man, another woman s shadow a landscape, a house, a hidden history. These six elements have informed the gothic impulse from Udolpho and Jane Eyre to The Thirteenth Tale Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca is crucial to the genre, for in it du Maurier simplified and organized these six elements, refining the narrative, concentrating the mythic, and enriching the ambiguity of her tale.What du Maurier understood is that the heart of the romantic gothic is the struggle between two women, one waking up to a new life and one not content to remain a ghost The man may be their conflicting goal, the house and landscape their arena, but it is the battle between these two women, for life and power and autonomy, that is the essence of the tale.In Rebecca, the man is the haunted, moody Maxim de Winter who has married a never named young woman a naive paid companion whom he has met during a recent stay in Monte Carlo The two return to Maxim s ancestral estate of Manderley, but the new wife soon finds the old house and grounds as well as the mind of her increasingly melancholy husband dominated by the spirit of Rebecca, his dead first wife The author s simplifying genius resides in the fact that in Rebecca the spirit of the dead woman animates the house and the landscape and obsesses the man Consequently, every attempt of the new Mrs de Winter the narrator to adjust to the house and staff including the daunting housekeeper, Mrs Danvers , to explore the house and grounds, or to comprehend the past events that interfere with her present happiness are part of the novel s central struggle and its secret history The second Mrs de Winter s descriptions may be nuanced and leisurely, occasionally painful in their innocence, but every encounter, each exploration, brings us closer to the heart of the mystery of Rebecca and Manderley too.Beside the exemplary construction of the narrative, the other things I liked most about the book were the detailed descriptions of Manderley, the lingering power of the first two chapters the only two set in the present , and the intriguingly ambiguous fate of the narrator of the novel, the second Mrs de Winter, the woman with no name.One of the guilty pleasures of a good gothic is the description of a magnificent old house, so precise and rich in detail that you can fantasize about how delightful or how scary living in such a mansion might be Manderly is a place that comes alive for the reader, and it is particularly pleasant to have it described to us by a person who is experiencing it and attempting to master it for the first time.The first chapter is justly famous for the narrator s account of a dream in which she returns to the now ruined Manderley estate Its description of overgrown nature reclaiming the martyred grandeur of Manderley is an expertly executed mood piece, inaugurating the narrative as effectively as any opening passage in literature I do not exclude my favorites the first scene of Hamlet, the first chapter of Bleak House, and the description of the Sternwood mansion in the first pages of The Big Sleep Personally, though, I find the second chapter of the book even interesting It describes Maxim and the narrator who now calls the two of them happy as they live their life on the continent in a series of hotels But something about our narrator s description strikes me as inexpressibly sad the two of them sound to me like an affluent, aging couple, frittering their final years away on superficial pleasures and trivial pastimes Yet the wife, the woman who is telling us this we find out later is now barely in her thirties Could this indeed be happiness This question continued to haunt me throughout my reading of the book, and even now affects my shifting impressions of its themes.I ask myself, weeks after finishing this novel, what is the narrator s fate Has she achieved a certain degree of happiness however modest having triumphed over the dominating Rebecca, having gained the haunted Maxim for her own Has she merely accepted the empty social forms and dull routine that Rebecca whatever her sins might have been was fighting so furiously against Or is she happy the interpretation I currently flirt with because she, in her passive aggressive way, dominates Maxim in his reduced state thoroughly than Rebecca ever could Even so, isn t such happiness inferior to the promise she once showed briefly, when she believed she could still be mistress of Manderley after Rebecca s ghost had been exorcised, before she learned their world had burned down I don t know the answers to these questions, and I must say I like it that way For me, at least, the novel will always be haunted by ambiguities, and that is a good thing It is one of the reasons I find Rebecca such a rich, rewarding work.

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    I went in completely 100% blind Blind trust was all I needed, from trusted friends, but it took me forever to make this book a priority I had Rebecca downloaded on my Kindle since 2014 How foolish I was to wait There are 313, 907 ratings and 13, 947 reviews, on Goodreads, with an overall rating of 4.2 Ratings like that SPEAK It s not a hype either Rebecca is the most enduring classic of Love and Evil I ve ever read Mystery, gothic thriller, drama, secrets, crime, suspense, some parts predictableyet not all there are surprise twists and turns, three dimensional unforgettable characters, gorgeous writing with vivid descriptions, and a beautiful estate called Manderley No wildflowers came into the house at Manderley He had special cultivated flowers, grown for the house alone, in the walled garden A rose was one of the few flowers, he said, that looked better pit them growing A bowl of roses in the drawing room had a depth of color and a cent they had not processed in the open There is something rather blowzy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with and untidy hair In the house they became mysterious and subtle I loved it I loved it I loved it It s TIMELESSwith richness than many new release books of this genre Special thanks to Jean, Sara, and Candy and to many other Goodreads friends who read this before me REBECCA is a novel once read we can never forget I m definitely a new fan of author Daphne Du Maurer Scapegoat was also phenomenal PS. I need to run out but I must come back and start reading other REBECCA reviews I read the last 80% in one sitting I m spent I must go offlinebut I ll be back for discussions etc Happy weekend to this lovely community

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    This has to be one of the best and most complete books I have ever read Each element plot, characters, twists, suspense, climax all of it, perfect If I had one criticism, it might be a slightly slow start, but with the awesome payoff, that is hardly worth mentioning.The plot I have to be honest, I judged a book by its cover and title I thought, okay, Rebecca , an elegant woman, a curly font, probably another cheesy classic romance I ll read it because it is one you are supposed to read, but I doubt I will think it is great I have never been so wrong Mystery, intrigue, deception, subterfuge, twists, turns, misunderstandings, accusations, threats, etc etc etc So much is happening in this story, and it is great The characters each character plays their part very well Because of the nature of the plot, you may not quite ever be sure who some of them really are and, perhaps, you will be left to make some judgements on your own Also, this book as two characters that are the essence of love to hate one because they are a total a hole, and the other because they are creepy as hell I don t know what it is, but I often feel like authors frequently have a hard time getting easily hateable characters right That is far from the case here they are perfect Suspense and Mystery I will keep this short to avoid spoilers This book has about 7 big climaxes revelations Every second between those will have you on the edge of your seat Others will catch you completely off guard I can guarantee you will catch yourself holding your breath.So, in summary, I loved it It was great Read it Don t be like me and think meh, a classic named Rebecca probably boring It is not It is awesome

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    5 stars to Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca I loved it and probably consider it 4 1 2 stars just because of a few small items but I can t not give it 5 here Story The second wife of a wealthy widower you ll never know her name tries to figure out how to fit into her new family when it seems there s now way how With many twists and turns, both suspense and a bit of romance, this story captures your attention immediately and takes you on a path of great intrigue Just when you think you ve figured it out, du Maurier confounds and surprises you in a good way I would love to be a fly on the wall in Manderley name of the estate where the book takes place to catch all the hidden expressions and conversations Strengths 1 Mystery and Intrigue2 Character Development Weaknesses 1 Some unanswered questions small ones.2 I want Final Thoughts Read it Experience it Don t just watch the movie adaption You want to make up your own mind about what everyone looks like and acts like.There was almost a Broadway show made based on this book I was super excited, but funding failed Oh well, maybe in the future About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by.

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    Oh, how I wish I could rewind the past month and start all over again Then I could pick up Rebecca and experience this breathtaking novel once as if for the first time Truth be told, this wasn t actually my first time reading this quintessential piece of classic gothic literature However, I am ashamed to say that the number of years that have passed between my first reading and this recent one, combined with what I like to call a lingering case of momnesia , effectively rendered this reading very much like a first time For that I am actually grateful, because I completely immersed and surrendered myself to the beautiful writing of the remarkably talented Daphne du Maurier.The unnamed narrator is an inexperienced and insecure young woman with not much of a future to speak of unless becoming a companion to an overbearing busybody by the name of Mrs Van Hopper could be called a promising prospect So when the handsome, mysterious and wealthy Maxim de Winter seems to take an interest and offers a much enticing alternative that of being his wife what is a girl to do but accept The honeymoon at an end, the newly married couple returns to Manderley, Max de Winter s estate Manderley itself is a major character in this novel I could sense it almost as a living, breathing entity the descriptions of this magnificent place were so masterfully crafted I felt as if I were sitting right there with Mrs de Winter as she approached Manderley for the first time Suddenly I saw a clearing in the dark drive ahead, and a patch of sky, and in a moment the dark trees had thinned, the nameless shrubs had disappeared, and on either side of us was a wall of colour, blood red, reaching far above our heads We were amongst the rhododendrons There was something bewildering, even shocking, about the suddenness of their discovery The woods had not prepared me for them They startled me with their crimson faces, massed one upon the other in incredible profusion, showing no leaf, no twig, nothing but the slaughterous red, luscious and fantastic, unlike any rhododendron plant I had seen before these were monsters, rearing to the sky, massed like a battalion, too beautiful I thought, too powerful they were not plants at all Rhododendrons, Red, Rebecca She is everywhere The second Mrs de Winter the only name by which she will ever be identified had not expected the ceaseless competition from the deceased first Mrs de winter, Rebecca Rebecca with a capital R written with such confidence, a confidence that even transcends death She lingers in the morning room, she lurks in the gallery, she tarries in the cottage by the beach But most of all, Rebecca dwells within the minds of everyone living in the West Country along the rugged coast of England Max de Winter becomes a brooding and aloof husband once back within the clutches of Manderley and Rebecca s memory The new Mrs de Winter is tormented by her own fantasies of this formidable adversary Since the novel is cleverly written from the perspective of this na ve young woman, the reader becomes intimate with the psychological turmoil she endures She is also subject to the criticism and malice of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs Danvers Mrs Danvers worshiped Rebecca during her life and continues to do so even after her death I absolutely loved to hate this dark and intimidating woman Once , I glanced up at her and once I met her eyes, dark and somber, in that white face of hers, instilling into me, I knew not why, a strange feeling of disquiet, of foreboding I tried to smile, and could not I found myself held by those eyes, that had no light, no flicker of sympathy towards me Every single character is drawn skillfully and comes to life within the pages of this book The tension builds and one cannot help becoming entangled with the suspenseful buildup of events leading to the climax I was transported to another time and place and was perfectly mesmerized I can t say much without getting into spoiler territory if you have not yet read this masterpiece Just grab a copy soon and experience this one please This is the best of the best and is going on that very special bookshelf at home I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth This was what I had done I had built up false pictures in my mind and sat before them I had never had the courage to demand the truth

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    Rebecca is a classic gothic novel that had been hanging out on my TBR list for years For whatever reason, I had never made it to this highly acclaimed book In a bit of a reading rut, I decided to tackle it to change things up a bit Man, am I ever glad that I did This book was great I went in to this book blind, knowing only that it was a classic I didn t have any idea of what I was in for, but I anticipated some sort of sweet and innocent love story like the Bronte sisters are known for While there was a sort of love storyand it certainly wasn t graphic like you d expect in today s romance novelsthere was nothing innocent about this story It was suspenseful and downright creepy at times There was an eerie sense of unease that pervaded this novel Despite being nearly a century old, the effect was not diminished in the least.The story begins in Monte Carlo, where the wealthy widower, Maxim de Winter befriends the young, paid companion of a rich, elderly social climber When her shallow employer falls ill, the young lady, who remains nameless, is invited to spend time gallivanting around Monte Carlo with Mr de Winter She is incredibly na ve and instantly smitten with the older, influential man When her employer regains her health, they are set to return to America immediately Heartbroken, she seeks out Mr de Winter to bid him farewell Only, he has another proposition for her Happy for the first time since the death of his beloved wife, Rebecca, he is not ready to part ways with the vibrant young lady He proposes marriage She accepts, thinking that all of her dreams have come true She has no idea of what lies ahead of her.After the rushed nuptials, Maxim and his new wife return to his famous country estate, Manderley It doesn t take long for the mood to turn darker The second Mrs de Winter feels like an imposter in her new home, constantly reminded of the beautiful wife that preceded her and seemed to be beloved by all Mrs Danvers, the head housekeeper, is than happy to remind her at every opportunity that she will never be able to measure up.On top of everything else, Maxim seems to be a different man at the estate He is moody, withdrawn and seems to keep her at arms length As she tries to navigate her new high class lifestyle, to which she had been completely unaccustomed, he seems almost antagonistic at times.The longer she stays at Manderley, the she comes to realize that things are not as they seem Rebecca had secrets and the the second Mrs de Winter uncovers, the she begins to question what exactly she got herself into and what kind of danger lurks at Manderley There is a big twist, which I didn t see coming, but can t say that I was particularly shocked by It changes everything and casts new light on the mystery surrounding Rebecca s untimely death The second Mrs de Winter finally gets the answers to all of her questions, but she might wish that she hadn t unearthed the truth.Since I am primarily a romance reader, I did wish that the love story was a critical piece of this story I can t say that I ever really believed that Mr de Winter really loved his second wife, or even lusted after her for that matter I never felt that there was a genuine emotional connection between the two, which made the story a little less enjoyable for me Overall, I still thought that this was a fantastic story I was surprised by how easily this story was able to transcend time, still proving to be chilling and compelling today It was a great choice to change it up for me If you haven t read it, I definitely recommend this one I hear that the movie is fabulous also, so I plan to check it out as well in the near future.

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    5 This story was so enthralling and unputdownable that it deserves much than five stars Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again one of the famous first lines from literature This book follows our unnamed heroine as she travels from Monte Carlo to Manderley and immerses herself in the lives of Maxim de Winter and the ghosts from his past.This was gripping from start to finish You find yourself so drawn into our unnamed narrator, her emotions, her turbulences, that you feel everything she experiences throughout the book Reading this book I felt anger, dread in the pit of my stomach, grief that was almost heartbreaking, the butterflies of love and fun enjoyment The book ensnares you into its web that you too are caught up in the lives of those at Manderley It is fascinating to go on this journey with the narrator as she develops in to her own character and self identity I found that she was naive yet strong, self doubting yet brave Even in times when she thinks she is at her weakest she is still fierce and raises up to face the challenge, even if it takes some time.At first our unnamed heroine is the lowly companion of the snobbish Mrs Van Hopper On a trip to the south of France she meets Max de Winter, a handsome and mysterious widower, whereupon she spends her days with him It is clear she is enamoured by him, I remember laughing aloud, and the laughing carried by the wind from me and, looking at him, I realised he laughed no longer, he was once silent and detached, the man of yesterday wrapped in his secret self , he is a multifaceted character, a mystery to be solved, she is drawn to him and quickly falls in love.Our unnamed narrator has a bleak future until a proposal of marriage from Max takes her by surprise You don t understand I m not the sort of person men marry From here she is whisked away to the brooding Manderley, a place so overbearing and different from our narrators upbringing that there is a sharp contrast between the two Upon their arrival at Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man In Manderley, the narrator uncovers and unravels about the beautiful Rebecca, Max s dead wife Rebecca s memory is kept alive by Mrs Danvers, the housekeeper, with reminders throughout Manderley of Rebecca s never ending and never forgotten presence Rebecca is described as beautiful, intelligent, outspoken and confident everything that our narrator is not Rebecca is almost a magical creature, a goddess, something forbidden that the narrator is unbearably tempted to find out , obsessive and jealous of this woman She feeds her paranoia by imagining scenarios of what others must think of her as the new Mrs de Winter how little and worthless they must say she is in comparison to Rebecca She s so different from Rebecca Through the course of the book the narrator confirms to herself that she does not fit in with her new expected lifestyle she makes friends with the house maid and often does things alone, something which conflicts with the convention of how the wife of Mr de Winter should behave This further fuels our narrators feelings of being an outcast, self doubt and anxiety I had not the pride, I had not the guts I was badly bred The book details clearly Mrs Danvers obsession and affection for Rebecca When Rebecca died she is devastated and angry at Max s behaviour She sets out to reinforce Rebecca s memory to the staff, to Max and to the new Mrs de Winter through cold and manipulative ways Mrs Danvers would be described as the villain of this novel with her eyes, dark and sombre, in that white face of hers. It is clear from the start that Mrs Danvers does not like the new Mrs De Winter and is cruel, The expression on her face, loathsome, triumphant.The face of an exulting devil She stood there,smiling at me Through these cruel interactions with Mrs Danvers, the loneliness, the self doubt and Max s cold hearted behaviour, our narrator faces something that no one in love wants to face or admit to We re not meant for happiness, you and I This book was so brilliantly fleshed out Daphne Du Maurier does a brilliant job at describing the characters, their emotions, their body movements, their tone of voice, that these characters are so life like and real I absolutely loved some of the secondary characters in this book Mr Crawley, the faithful companion to Max de Winter, a true gentleman and friend to our narrator, and the loveable Ben, the simple minded man that stays on the beach who is much perceptive than anyone gives him credit for These characters were so well thought out and planned and were interwoven into the plot magnificently.In addition, the description of Manderley was so well done, from the Happy Valley of flowers to the cold, steel grey sea, you felt yourself immersed in the settings, so wonderfully described that you could almost touch them.Overall this book is so much than a gothic romance It covers scandal, lies, love, the other woman, jealousy and self identity A very highly enjoyable read that I wish I could turn back time so that I could experience the book as a first time read all over again

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