Rebecca (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – 30 Jan 2003
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One of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, Rebecca has woven its way into the fabric of our culture with all the troubling power of myth or dream. A stunning book (Sarah Waters)
Addictive and breathtaking. Its blending of melodrama and subtlety is ingenious. The Cornish setting never quite leaves the imagination (Independent)
Possibly the best crime novel ever written. Right from page one you are gripped by a palpable sense of suspense (Hilary Bonner Express)
With one of the most evocative first lines ever, Daphne du Maurier's fifth novel has everything a reader could ask for . . . Psychologically astute and disturbingly romantic, Rebecca was an immediate bestseller on publication in 1938 and has cast a sinister spell ever since (Marie Claire)
A brilliantly constructed novel - the ultimate in psychological suspense, instantly gripping and haunting, Rebecca will stay with you for ever. (Alex Barclay Psychologies)
I am reminded of how profoundly du Maurier changed the way I felt about myself, how she engaged and excited me with her writing. (Julie Myerson)
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.’)
Excellent entertainment . . . du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings. (Stephen King)
'Addictive and breathtaking. Its blending of melodrama and subtlety is ingenious. The Cornish setting never quite leaves the imagination' (The Independent)
'Rebecca was an immediate bestseller on publication in 1938 and has cast a sinister spell ever since.' (Marie Claire)
'Excellent entertainment ... du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings.' (Stephen King, bestselling author) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Love it - love Maxim de Winter, Manderley and the evil Mrs Danvers.
It's riveting, haunting and chilling at the same time. Mrs Danvers has got to be one of the most creepiest housekeepers I've ever read about in any book. The story is about a young orphan girl who works as a companion to an unbearable lady Mrs Van Hopper and while they are in Monte Carlo she catches the eye of Maxim De Winter a wealthy widower. Although twice her age he takes her off and marries her and brings her to his home Manderley. When she arrives she finds she is completely out of her element and her shyness and inexperience works against her. She finds everyone compares her to Maxim's first wife as she is completely unlike her in every respect. She feels inadequate and not worthy. Rebecca is rarely mentioned between Maxim and the second Mrs De Winter and so she draws her own conclusions however wrongly.
When the truth is finally uncovered and no matter how shocking it is you do still feel some sympathy towards the person who commits the crime. The second Mrs De Winter is changed forever by it and it's the point where she finally grows up. I felt alot of warmth for her and was very sympathetic of her situation as the second wife/other woman living in the shadow of the first one who outshone her it seemed in every way to start off with. I even felt myself getting upset for her and really wanted her to pull through and win over Rebecca. Although in the end she does , Rebecca's ghost will always haunt the marriage even while the current Mrs De Winter and Maxim are in exile.
Very sad and haunting book, worthy of being a Hitchcock Classic!
There are many motifs that at first led me to believe the book might be just as I'd always thought it would be; a sort of Jane Eyre brought forward to the age of the motorcar, but I read on. I'm not a great fan of Jane Eyre but I read on and from chapter 7 onwards, a sinister chill began to set in and didn't stop.
Writing in the first person, Du Maurier uses the perspective to its best, capturing the paranoia, mistrust, isolation and fear of the heroine perfectly whilst at the same time allowing the readers to know that she is not at all paranoid and something very dark is in fact going on.
In many ways Rebecca is a psychological thriller and comparable to Collins' The Woman in White. This is no insult from me; I also could not put that book down. It is not about the romance although romance there is. It is very much about the unravelling of secrets, nerves and plots, the shattering of illusions and the events that conspire to test a personality in what amounts to a tense but beautiful read.
I could put this book down neither physically nor pejoratively. There is something for everyone within those pages. I'm glad I bought the book which will no doubt become well-thumbed in years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the superlatives have been written about this iconic lady, therefore all I can add is this: If you haven't read a Daphne Du Maurier novel I urge you to make a belated New... Read morePublished 4 days ago by jts
This is a pleasure to read. The story is interesting and has a few twists along the way. It keeps you guessing. Would highly recommend.Published 6 days ago by Snowy
An excellent book. I read it when I was a young girl and it made a huge impression on me . As an older woman I found much more in it when I re-read it recently. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bookworm67
Well, it's a classic isn't it? What more is there to say - except, perhaps, that I shouldn't have left it 'till 79 to pick it up.Published 1 month ago by AJB
Finally took the time to read this English classic and was not disappointedPublished 1 month ago by McIntosh
So pleased I read it! Brilliant book, well written, romance, suspense, everything you could want. Could not put it down. Great recommendationPublished 1 month ago by Mme CT
I first read this book twenty years ago and could really only remember certain key events. After reading it the second time it all came back to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Atherton