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Rebecca [Paperback]

Daphne Du Maurier
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)

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2 Jan 1992
A true classic of suspense in a beautiful new package for a whole new generation of readers.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New Ed edition (2 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099866005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099866008
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daphne du Maurier was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier. Educated at home and later in Paris, she began writing short stories and articles in 1928, and in 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. Rebecca made her one of the most popular authors of her day. Many of her bestselling novels became award-winning films. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books. She died in 1989.

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Excellent entertainment . . . du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings. (STEPHEN KING)

The two words most commonly used in descriptions of Du Maurier's all-time classic are 'haunting (and 'magical'. Both are accurate.')

GOOD BOOK GUIDE ('I am reminded of how profoundly du Maurier changed the way I felt about myself, how she engaged and excited me with her writing.')

The DAILY TELEGRAPH ('As a new generation of readers are introduced to the wicked housekeeper Mrs Danvers and learn Maxim de Winter's terrible secret, this chilling, suspenseful tale is as fresh and readable as it was when it was first written, more than 60 years ago.') --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Daphne du Maurier's haunting classic, read by Emilia Fox --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric classic. 23 Feb 2005
Rebecca is a timeless classic in the gothic literature genre. Daphne Du Maurier weaves a tale full of tension and suspense that grips the reader from the start and doesn't let go.
Max de Winter brings his new bride to Manderley, the home he shared with his beautiful first wife Rebecca, before her untimely death widowed him. Rebecca's presence still seems to permeate Manderley, haunting the new Mrs de Winter and sapping her confidence. The housekeeper Mrs Danvers who loved Rebecca and resents her place being 'usurped' feeds the young brides insecurities at every opportunity and makes her doubt her husbands love for her. When whispers of murder start to be heard, Mrs de Winter starts to doubt her new husband as well as her own sanity.
A fantastic tale that can be read time and time again without becoming stale or boring.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most gripping tale ever 14 Jan 2007
By Miss LG
This is without exaggeration my most favourite book in the world. A truly dark, fascinating story where the house, Manderley, plays the main role. Rebecca was Maxim de Winter's first wife - although dead she seems more alive than any other character. Especially at Manderley, where her memory is forever cherished by the sinister Mrs Danvers, the housekeeper, whose love for her late mistress and hatred towards the second Mrs de Winter becomes an obsession...

The second Mrs de Winter is the narrator here, at the beginning practically still a schoolgirl, making her living by being a companion to an American lady in Monte Carlo. Here she meets the wealthy widower Maxim and falls for him instantly, despite the big age gap. She accepts his sudden marriage proposal and after a short honeymoon finally comes to live to Manderley, the very place she's been dreaming about so much. But here she learns that being a Mrs de Winter is not just that easy and her youth, inexperience, and shyness are no help when competing against the mesmerizing, bold, beautiful, sharp, fashionable, and admired by just about everybody Rebecca. Can she ever get it right, beat her fear, and capture the heart of her husband and become the real queen of Manderley?

Maxim comes across as a mysterious, enchanting but a very cruel man. The end is surprising and will certainly make your jaws drop.

Maybe if I get to Cornwall one day, I'll go looking about the coast for the traces of this fantastic piece of literature, which has never been out of print - since 1938! Anyone alse dreamt last night they went to Manderley again?
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written 22 Aug 2005
Daphne du Maurier's classic novel "Rebecca" is, in my opinion, the most touching and thought-provoking of all of her works of fiction, and possibly one of the best books ever written. The story follows a young woman who, after accepting the much older Maxim de Winter's sudden proposal of marriage merely days after they meet in Monte Carlo, must contend with Maxim's stunningly beautiful late first wife, Rebecca, as she takes her place at her new husband's equally beautiful home Manderley.
This is a haunting tale, and as you would expect from du Maurier every aspect is conveyed fantastically through her rich, expressive writing style and vocabulary. No characters in a du Maurier novel are ever under-developed, and "Rebecca" boasts the most interesting set of characters I have ever seen in a novel. My favourites include the mysterious, somewhat frightening Mrs Danvers, who is undoubtedly the most stricken by Rebecca's death and remains obsessed with her a year after she was "drowned"; Maxim's sister Beatrice, who seems to be the only one who immediately takes to the new Mrs de Winter out of sympathy and sheer heart; and Frank Crawley, Maxim's agent, a quiet character who somehow reminds me of myself. Of course, there are then the marvellous creations of the two main characters, the most unlikely people ever to fall in love. Du Maurier injects me with a stab of pain every time she allows a character, paricularly Maxim, to refer to the new Mrs de Winter as a "child", and she emphasises her lowly status even more by not revealing her first name throughout the entire novel. Mrs de Winter, therefore, constantly finds herself under scrutiny and, like everyone around her at Manderley, becomes increasingly haunted by Rebecca. But this wonderful woman was not all she appears to have been...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as its reputation 29 July 2007
By Net
This was an extremely absorbing read and kept me interested from start to finish. At times I so wanted to shake the narrator for not having some much needed backbone but such is the beauty of the story..her change from weak to confident. Rebecca's power comes entirely from the new Mrs de Winter's isolation and the unspoken mysteries of Manderlay. The way the threat grows and grows in her mind set against other dramatic events is brilliant and leads to an exciting finale. I was so into this book the abrupt ending left me feeling rather bereft.

Do pay heed to a previous reviewer's warning: don't read the introduction first if you are new to this novel - it completely gives away the whole plot!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 2 Aug 2005
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
This a cracking read - a real page-turner. I was hooked right from the start. The opening chapter is so atmospheric, and Daphne du Maurier expertly conjures up Manderley as a dark and dramatic backdrop for the events that unfold. There are numerous twists and turns in the plot and a wonderful cast of grotesque but believable characters. Rebecca herself casts a long shadow that reaches right to the very last sentence. When I finished the book I was not sure where my sympathies lay, but for me that was part of the enjoyment.
A word of warning - if you buy this edition DO NOT read the introductory section before reading the novel - it gives away too much of the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To say Rebecca is superb is like saying gold is superb
A must read!! There is a reason why this book is classed as a classic! To say Rebecca is superb is like saying gold is superb! Beautiful, captivating and enthralling!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Soppy Heroine, Marvelous Book !
Read on the back of "The Haunting of Hill House" & dimly remembered images from the film version, I found the book much as I'd expected... Read more
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She is such a brilliant story teller and a fine psychologist. I love her concise style and precise, rich vocabulary. One of my favourite book ever.
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Another classic that one never tires of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read.. definitely recommend it..
Rebecca is one of my favourite books.. You would think it's boring in the beginning.. but believe me you'll just love it in the end..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read.
Good read. Excellent story. Really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Absoloutly gorgeous so well written could not put down
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew this book until I read it...
First time reading this although familiar with so many film and tv and radio adaptations. Reading the original gives so much more dimension to the character through her interior... Read more
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