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Arrogant 'sequel' to "Rebecca",
This review is from: Rebecca's Tale (Paperback)
I find this book has used 'Rebecca' as a platform to express Sally Beauman's personal opinions and it is largely unrelated to the original.
The author has her own message to convey and arrogantly ignores anything from 'Rebecca' that doesn't fit with this message. The character of Arthur Julyan is different from the original character in 'Rebecca' and Beauman has added a twist which doesn't quite sit right. Some things are ignored or rewritten like the 'relationship' between Rebecca and Favell, and that the doctor indicated Rebecca knew she was ill and yet she wrote her life story to the unborn child she never thought she was having? It makes no sense.
As someone else commented, the ghost of the second Mrs de Winter was totally ridiculous.
Nearly all the female characters in this book are 'single' and 'strong' (because a woman can't be married and strong) and many of those who are married are portrayed as weak and disparaged as if marriage is beneficial for men only. Rebecca falls into the 'single' category as the author twists the original story so Rebecca has, what the author considers, justification for the indiscretions Maxim accuses her of.
Beauman also creates a history for Rebecca where every man she is involved with dies, come on!
The book was easy enough to read, but Sally Beauman should create her own story instead of stealing someone elses and changing it to suit her motives. I am in no doubt this book has been read as much as it has because of its association with 'Rebecca'.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2012 20:03:41 BDT
Emily Rose says:
Couldn't agree more.
It became a political diatribe in the end - which actually was extremely disappointing.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2013 12:40:18 BDT
I'm only on chapter 4, and I was annoyed from the start that Beauman decided to just caqsually kill of Maxim and Beatrice. That really bugged me. I don't think that should have been allowed. And I can see how Beauman has her agenda already with this book. Some idiotic columist from the Guardian spouted on the back of the book how Beauman is 'the better prose writer' compared to Du Maurier. Bah! Not on your life!!
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