Rebecca Author Daphne du Maurier (NEW)
No Strings Attached jGrandfather 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 FarThe 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 O 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 mentioningThe plot I have to be honest Iudged 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 greatThe characters each character plays their part very well Because of the nature of the plot you may not uite ever be sure who some of them really are and perhaps you will be left to make some udgements on your own Also this book has 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 freuently have a hard time getting easily hateable characters right That is far from the case here they are perfectSuspense and Mystery I will keep this short to avoid spoilers This book has about 7 big climaxesrevelations 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 breathSo 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 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 uintessential 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 MaurierThe actually grateful because I completely immersed and surrendered myself to the beautiful writing of the remarkably talented Daphne du MaurierThe 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 disuiet 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 meEvery 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 how many people 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 603 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier and sat before them I had never had the courage to demand the truth 603 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 1989Rebecca is a thriller novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier Publication date 1938While working as the companion to a rich American woman on holiday in Monte Carlo the unnamed narrator a na ve young woman in her early 20s becomes acuainted with a wealthy Englishman George Fortescue Maximilian Maxim de Winter a 42 year old widower After a fortnight of courtship she agrees to marry him and after the wedding and honeymoon accompanies him to his mansion in Cornwall the beautiful estate Manderley 1974 1369 454 9645529093 1378 20 512 1342 1390 431 1389 1392 582 1392 527 02061399. Alizes 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.
Daphne du Maurier Õ 6 Summary
It Off Your Tongue Asoff your tongue as 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. Udden 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 re. 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 uite 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 uite simply a delicious read 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 42 Ratings like that SPEAK It s not a hype eitherRebecca 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 5 I reread this in the anticipation for the new film adaptation of Rebecca I love the Alfred Hitchcock one so I am weary of if the new Netflix adaptation will do the book usticeThis was an amazing reread I only wish I could experience this reading it for the first time again Original reviewThis 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 pastThis 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 ourney 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 timeAt 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 uickly falls in loveOur 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 marryFrom 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 at Manderley the new de Winter finds Max a changed man In Manderley
the narrator uncovers and unravels about the beautiful Rebecca Max s dead wife Rebecca snarrator uncovers and unravels about the beautiful Rebecca Max s dead wife Rebecca s 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
is almost a magical creature a goddess something forbidden that the is unbearably tempted to find out obsessive and ealous 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 RebeccaThrough 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 bredThe 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 triumphantThe face of an exulting devil She stood theresmiling at meThrough 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 IThis book was so brilliantly fleshed out Daphne Du Maurier does a brilliant ob 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 magnificentlyIn 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 themOverall this book is so much than a gothic romance It covers scandal lies love the other woman ealousy 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 Wellthis 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 uite 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. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again The novel begins in Monte Carlo where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and hisRebecca is almost a magical creature a goddess something forbidden that the