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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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This review is from: The Rebecca Notebook: and other memories (VMC) (Paperback)
`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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Initial post: 16 May 2016 01:45:49 BDT
C. Mathieu says:
I bought "The Rebecca Notebook" 1994 in Fowey while on vacation there, but to my shame have to admit that I never read it :(.
Now after having read "The Other Rebecca" by Maureen Freely, I will read at least "The House of Secrets" that you've mentioned, even though Freely's novel was not what I hoped for (the Susan Hill and Sally Beauman sequels/prequels were much better, because they take place in Cornwall and around the time described by Daphne DuMaurier in "Rebecca", Freely's novel substituted the French Riviera with Mallorca and Manderley with Oxford).
Another excellent, autobiographical DuMaurier book that I can highly recommend is "Myself When Young" aka "Growing Pains" which tells Daphne DuMaurier's story until her honeymoon with Tommy on the Helford River (the inspiration for "Frenchman's Creek"). It has lots of photos.
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