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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for Du Maurier fans, 24 April 2006
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Rebecca Smith (Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Rebecca Notebook: and other memories (VMC) (Paperback)
Although titled the 'Rebecca Notebook,' there is not a great deal of content on the makings of the novel (47 pages out of 180).

Having said that, the explanation of how "Rebecca' came to be is interesting; however I found the 'other memories' section far more gripping. With biographies on her farther, grandfather and other family members plus memories from her childhood you really begin to get a feel of what Daphne Du Maurier was like as a person. The book is sort of a 'behind the scenes' look at how her family and incidents as a child helped to shape her in to the great writer she became.

A must read for any Du Maurier fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight, but less about Rebecca, 21 July 2009
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Suzie (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this book because Rebecca has to be one of my all-time favourites. In that respect I was slightly disappointed. There is little insight into how the idea of Rebecca formed in Daphne du Maurier's mind. Most of the pages relating to Rebecca repeat a chapter that the author intended as the opening to her novel but never used. In my view the novel is the better for it. I'm pleased she decided to change the hero's name too - Henry de Winter just doesn't have the same cachet as Maxim!

Despite the initial disappointment, it turned into a gem of a book and I enjoyed reading it. The anecdotes about the author's father, Gerald, and her grandfather, George, were fascinating, as was the story of how she found and lived in Menabilly, the house that inspired Manderley. The description of the overgrown drive that `twisted and turned' through the woods was every bit as compelling as those first intriguing sentences of Rebecca. Indeed, there are glimpses of the novel throughout these later chapters.

For any fan of du Maurier, and of Rebecca in particular, this book is a must and one that I'm sure you'll enjoy reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Includes a wonderful description of Du Maurier's search for Menabilly, 27 Dec 2013
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`The Rebecca Notebook' is a collection of essays and, of course, excerpts from the notes Du Maurier made for her most famous story, as well as a full-length Epilogue for the same. All of this is very interesting, as is Du Maurier's Introduction to the book, and Alison Light's Preface.

Some of the essays were, to my mind, more engaging than others, though all gave welcome new insights into Du Maurier's thinking and character. Two of the pieces, to me, stood out particularly: Du Maurier's reflections on widowhood after the death of her husband Tommy, and - alone worth buying the book for - her memories of finding her beloved Menabilly, described so vividly in `The House of Secrets'. A quote that, I think, gives the flavour of this wonderfully atmospheric piece, is as follows:

`The drive was a muddied path, leading nowhere, and the shrubs, green no longer but a shrouding black, turned to fantastic shapes and sizes. There was not one owl now, but twenty. And through the dark trees, with a pale grin upon his face, came the first glimmer of the livid hunter's moon.'

Du Maurier at her best, sweeping us along through the encroaching night-time in search of a glimpse of the house that she loved so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca notebook large print, 14 Jun 2013
As a keen Daphne du Maurier I am really pleased with this book. It shows you the plan for the various chapters of Rebecca and so you can see how the author developed the plot. Great that it is in large print - I can read it without my reading glasses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An authors day., 8 Dec 2012
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Excellent insight into authors everyday life. She would be a wonderful dinner party guest except I suspect she hated them " the roar of conversation".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting - my book group is reading 'Rebecca' this ..., 21 Sep 2014
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Extremely interesting - my book group is reading 'Rebecca' this autumn, and this notebook is proving invaluable for background and insight into the book and Du Maurier's life.
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