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| AUTHOR: || Daphne Du Maurier |
| CATEGORY: || Book |
| MANUFACTURER: || Avon |
| ISBN: || 0380778556 |
| TYPE: || Classics, Fiction, General, Literary, Literature - Classics / Criticism, Romance - General, Fiction / Classics |
| MEDIA: || Paperback |
| # OF MEDIA: || 1 |
Customer Review of Rebecca
Truly A Classic
This book was recommended to me several times before I broke down and read it. I am a lover of classic films, yet this is one that I had never seen, for some unknown reason. A good friend suggested that I read the book to truly enjoy the story to its fullest. And boy, was she right.
Although not my usual genre of choice, this is a true classic. The main character, the 'second Mrs. Dewinter' is a simple girl, swept up in a romance with a rich widower while she is on vacation as companion to a pushy, well to do woman. She leaves her employer to marry Max DeWinter, not anticipating all this union entails for her.
She is drawn into the shadow of Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter, and fights to measure up, and to retain her sanity in Max and Rebecca's home, Manderley.
Not helping matters at all is Mrs. Danvers, a maid of sorts, who was utterly devoted to Rebecca, and bitterly resents the appearance of this plain, uneducated, unrefined girl trying desperately to fill the void left in the house when Rebecca died suddenly, under mysterious circumstances.
The second Mrs. DeWinter, never referred to by name, finds herself fighting to find her own place at Manderley, and in Max's heart, as well as seeking the approval of Mrs. Danvers and the other household servants, and Rebecca's friends and relatives, as she slowly comes to the realization that not all was as it seemed with Max and Rebecca, and the grounds of Manderley are the burial place of many secrets, perhaps better left undisturbed.
This is a wonderful story, full of colorful and engaging characters, and one of the best of the more 'modern' classics in 1900's literature.
This book is intriguing and exciting!
I read Rebecca for my 11th grade literature class. I really enjoyed this book because of its mystery and suspense. The plot is a romantic one, but it isn't your usual "happily ever after" ending. I found myself caught up in the world of Manderly and its affairs. The story centers around the second wife of Maxim de Winter, owner of the famous Manderly estate. The pretty, graceful, and cultured Rebecca, Maxim's first wife, was killed in a sailing accident. The new Mrs. de Winter has no idea of what she is getting into when she arrives at Manderly. She constantly feels criticized and compared to Rebecca, especially by Rebecca's loyal maid, Mrs. Danvers. She wonders if Maxim is still in love with Rebecca and imagines herself as only a companion to him, although she is deeply in love with him. Suspense and mystery grows throughout the story as the new wife discovers mysterious things about Rebecca, Mrs. Danvers, and many others. The reader is in for a surprise ending, but will enjoy the outcome of the story.
A pleasing book
This wonderful book bored me quite a bit of the way through, but maybe that is because I am a high-school student, and I had to read it. Without pressure, most books are much more pleasing. However, looking back, thinking about it, I love this book. Du Maurier is a talented author. She has created a grand environment, the immense Manderley. She has also made great and intriguing characters: the young, timid narrator, quite often the only one who is left not knowing what is going on (she is never referred to by her first name); the rich, enigmatic Maxim De Winter, the narrator's husband; the loyal servants, including the ever-active Frith and the bumbling Robert; the unforgettable Mrs. Danvers, always seeming to lurk in the shadows, always looking upon Mrs. De Winter with a keen eye of expectancy and detest; the tactless Beatrice; Maxim's agent, Frank Crawley; and of course, the dead, ever-present, haunting Rebecca. The narrator comes to Manderley, completely new to this lifestyle, and forever falls in the shadow of Rebecca. She learns of Rebecca's fate, having drowned in the sea after her boat capsized. She learns everything about the ways of Manderley, and tries to follow these unwritten laws. Then, a ship crashes somewhere near Manderley, and a diver is sent to survey the damage. When he comes up, he reports the discovery of Rebecca's ship! He also reports a body found in the cabin. Could there have been another passenger onboard? Did Rebecca even drown at all? Could she have been murdered? I won't spoil the big surprises, suffice to say this is where the plot twists and you begin to see the shades of gray. And of course, the last surprise, which is even foreshadowed on page 3 or 4, is given on the last page for the final eye-opener.
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