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An excellent sequel, true to the original,
This review is from: Mrs. De Winter (Paperback)
I was surprised at the one star reviews I read here. I recently reread Rebecca after about a thirty year lag, having first read it in high school in the 1970s, and was quite surprised at how dark the novel is on rereading. So I was interested to see what Ms. Hill made of a sequel.
Yes, it is quite dark and disturbing and the ending is beyond sad, but really there was nothing else to be done, in my opinion. The amorality of the second Mrs. DeWinter in Rebecca is astounding and I feel that Hill captured that perfectly in her sequel. None of these people are likable, nor did DuMaurier intend them to be. I would have been deeply offended by a hearts and flowers sequel. Death is the only answer to what went before.
I also appreciated the quality of Hill's writing. It is damned hard for a writer to write in another's voice, but I think Ms. Hill succeeds in replicating DuMaurier here. Both books made me think seriously about love and morals. I have Rebecca's Tale, but never got around to reading it. I am trying to imagine whitewashing a sociopath. I should try to read it and see how Beauman measures up.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2010 15:51:35 GMT
W. Bedford says:
Thank you for this review it intrigues me I now want to read the book.
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