[Reading] ➸ Rebecca ➮ Daphne du Maurier – Thantai68.info

Rebecca 5 This story was so enthralling and unputdownable that it deserves muchthan five starsLast night I dreamt I went to Manderley againone of thefamous 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 5 This story was so enthralling and unputdownable that it deserves muchthan five starsLast night I dreamt I went to Manderley againone of thefamous 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 oncesilent 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 unravelsabout 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 RebeccaShe 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 anxietyI 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 withher 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 toWe 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 muchperceptive 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 muchthan 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 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 rea 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 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 believabl 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 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 w 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 eveninteresting 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 statethoroughly 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 Manderley and I had a muchsuccessful visit this time around, as compared to the first time I read this book several years ago Here s the key This is not a romance novel It s a psychological suspense novel As I reread Rebecca with this in mind, I had a much greater appreciation for its artistry, the way Daphne du Maurier skillfully used words to create a mood and increase the suspense.We can never go back again, that much is certain The past is still close to us The things we have tri Manderley and I had a muchsuccessful visit this time around, as compared to the first time I read this book several years ago Here s the key This is not a romance novel It s a psychological suspense novel As I reread Rebecca with this in mind, I had a much greater appreciation for its artistry, the way Daphne du Maurier skillfully used words to create a mood and increase the suspense.We can never go back again, that much is certain The past is still close to us The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest, struggling at length to blind unreasoning panic now mercifully stilled, thank God might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion as it had before.The narrator, a young and painfully self conscious girl, is a paid companion to Mrs Van Hopper, a snobbish social climber While they are in Monte Carlo, Mrs Van Hopper bulldozes her way into an acquaintance with a quiet widower, Maxim de Winter Despite our heroine s lack of status and social graces, Maxim begins spending time with her and soon asks her to marry him Desperately in love with him, she does so, despite the vast differences in their ages, wealth, status just about everything And despite his frequent rudeness and mockery of her.After a too brief honeymoon, they return to England and Maxim s lovely country estate, Manderley, presided over by the skeletal housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, who instantly takes a dislike to the new Mrs de Winter Mrs Danvers does her best to undercut the main character s lack of confidence in every way possible, but mostly by holding up Maxim s first wife, Rebecca, as an impossibly high standard of beauty, taste and accomplishment, a standard that the second wife can never hope to reach.The second wife becomesandhaunted by this paragon, Rebecca, even though there are clues in the things Maxim, his sister and others say and don t say that maybe there wasto Rebecca s character than the second wife realizes.I found it fascinating how du Maurier tells you the end in the beginning, in such a way that it doesn t spoil the story at all, but adds to the underlying tension and sense of oppression The second Mrs de Winter thinks they are contented, and perhaps they are, but they are deeply damaged as well, living a sort of half life Mrs Danvers is quite the character one wonders how much her presence in Rebecca s childhood influenced the person Rebecca became And Rebecca herself well, without getting into spoiler territory, she has an amazing presence in this novel for someone who s dead before it even starts.I have to say that the second Mrs de Winter s paralyzing lack of self confidence and her gaucherie, even though integral to the plot, was really irksome to me at first Every time she d start off into another daydream, which she did All The Time., imagining conversations and events out of whole cloth, I would mentally roll my eyes at her But once I realized that this is not to be read as a romance novel really, the relationship here is pretty unhealthy on both sides , I was free to appreciate the characters shortcomings instead of being frustrated by them, and to see how those shortcomings and their past experiences combine to bring them together, but pull them apart at the same time It s a fascinating psychological study.My rating has gone from 3, to 4, to 5 stars It s a book that has really stuck with me Between the well drawn, seriously flawed characters, the brooding atmosphere, with a feeling that disaster is just waiting for the right moment to strike, and the great plot twists, Rebecca is deservedly a classic in its genre Initial comments I read Rebecca maybe 15 years ago and didn t really care for it back then I m not entirely sure now of the reasons why, but I think it may have been that I was expectingof a romance with some nice happy feels at the end So now that my expectations have been adjusted, we re going to give this another shot 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, s 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 TIMELESSwithrichness 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 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 onceas 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 re 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 onceas 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 muchenticing 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 timeSuddenly 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 allRhododendrons, 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 womanOnce , I glanced up at her and onceI 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 muchwithout 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 homeI 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 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 fi 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 wantFinal 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 futureAbout MeFor 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 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 muchdaunting 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 gorgeou 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 muchdaunting 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 MagicNature 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 nothingthan 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 muchdifficult 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 So I m sorry to all the Maxim shippers, but I can find nothing redeeming or romantic about an older man who so casually mistreats his innocent young wife Not Cory might be na ve, but she s not an utter fool Her introspectiveness makes her a keen observer, and even in their early days together, she realizes that something isn t right between her and Maxim She senses it should be different, has premonitions of what s to come After their honeymoon, they head home, to Manderley where all becomes clear Rebecca Rebecca Rebecca Rebecca REBECCA The dead wife She s there with them, always Both the servants of the household, and the surrounding villagers preferred her and her outgoing nature, her wild parties, the way she could draw one out of themselves and make them feel as though they were a trusted friend, to Not Cory and her shy, withdrawn nature It doesn t help matters that she was tall, gorgeous, refined, and well bred, and that almost everyone Not Cory meets feels the need to remind her of this She feels Rebecca hanging over her marriage like a ghoul, dogging her steps throughout her new home, distracting and beguiling her husband from beyond the grave So it s understandable that after a few short weeks at Manderley, Not Cory begins to further withdraw from her surroundings, turnintrospective, begin to question everything about her marriage and the man she s attached herself to At this point, the book turns into a slow motion train wreck You see how easily she s manipulated by the aging Mrs Danvers, Rebecca s old maid, by her husband, by the others around her, and you just want to shake her out of it Instead of character progression, you get regression, and watching it all unfold is frustrating to say the least I kept waiting for her to grow a spine, for her to start questioning things, to stand up for herself Sadly, this never happens And all the while, there s Maxim, patting her head like a dog if she pleases him, frowning and becoming withdrawn if she doesn t I saw too many signs of a perfect victim within his wife, and it greatly disturbed me She became constantly aware of his moods, adjusted her own behaviors to compensate for them, steered conversations if she worried that they might be heading down roads that might upset him Maxim, Maxim, Maxim, Maxim, MAXIMLess than half of the way through, I had every single plot twist unraveled It made for a rather anticlimactic finish, and I found myself skimming through large sections of Not Cory s infuriatingly weak inner monologue The biggest revelation of them all almost caused me to rage quit, but I had come too far view spoiler Maxim reveals that his first wife didn t drown He killed her And instead of being horrified, Not Cory is insanely happy Because he never loved her FUCKING WHAT hide spoiler Then there was another reveal, which I didn t buy at all because of all the things I ve previously discussed in regards to Maxim view spoiler He tells Not Cory he loves her It s almost laughable He treated her as if she were an errant child throughout the entire book He even called her a child repeatedly, and condescended to her about it Ugh He did not once until that point show herthan a passing kindness and nothing in his manner ever, EVER spoke of love or any strong emotion at all hide spoiler In closing, I don t get the hype I don t think that this is remarkable or groundbreaking, and I don t even think it should be classified as a romance I think many of the themes are merely reused and reworked from earlier gothic novels, primarily Jane Eyre In fact, this has such a remarkable amount of similarities to it, that I ll be reading it next, and I plan on coming back and adding a section about my findings.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Last Night I Dreamt I Went To Manderley AgainThe Novel Begins In Monte Carlo, Where Our Heroine Is Swept Off Her Feet By The Dashing Widower Maxim De Winter And His Sudden Proposal Of Marriage Orphaned And Working As A Lady S Maid, She Can Barely Believe Her Luck It Is Only When They Arrive At His Massive Country Estate That She Realizes How Large A Shadow His Late Wife Will Cast Over Their Lives Presenting Her With A Lingering Evil That Threatens To Destroy Their Marriage From Beyond The Grave


About the Author: Daphne du Maurier

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 createdmagical 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 family with a rich artistic and historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she married.Her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in Rebecca.Daphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald A Portrait, a biography of her father The du Mauriers, a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers, a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains, an autobiography that ignores nearly 50 years of her life in favour of the joyful andromantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fiction.While contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love of fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short stories.In some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius, Rebecca and The Parasites, is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incest.In Rebecca, on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.


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