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review 2017-09-14 18:43
This year's classic...
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

I'll be honest from the start, I would never choose to read a Classic, I find them dated and slow, and rather pretentious. However, for some reason, book groups seem to feel a need to foist one on me every so often and their latest offering was Rebecca. "Oh no, you'll love it." they said. Oh no, I won't! Actually, 3 stars isn't bad a for a Classic, Lolita fared worse.

 

So, poor girl falls on her feet and marries rich man. Hardly an original premise. There was the nasty scheming housekeeper, who tricks poor girl into making a complete fool of herself. And the dead first wife who plays a huge part, even though she's dead.

 

I don't think I would have made it through all 400+ pages without the help of the very upper-crust, BBC voice of Anna Massey, but although she was a bit irritating, she was the perfect voice for the book.

 

But the ending - No! No, no, no!!!

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review 2017-09-04 16:48
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

Ah, this was excellent! Both because the audio version was brilliantly done, and because the story itself is just superbly written. I can't say that I ever quite fell in love with our young protagonist, because honestly she was naive as all get out most times, but I definitely fell in love with the story surrounding her. I am SO glad I finally read this.

 

I love that "the second Mrs. De Winter" never actually gets a name. It was one of the first things that struck me about this story, and I could never shake the feeling that it just pushed her further into the shadow of the ever present Rebecca. She dominates the story, Rebecca does. Her name invokes this pristine, well-bred, shining light of a woman who charmed everyone around her. Except, as we all know, there's always more to a person that what is on the outside. Oh, and Daphne Du Maurier has no problem at all with digging straight into that dark and sometimes ugly inner person.

 

Better still was the copious amount of descriptive writing surrounding Manderly and Mrs. De Winter's time there. I felt like I lived there too. I saw the big, arching trees in the forest. Smelled the flowers that ringed the estate, and even saw the dusty rooms that once housed the woman who would never quite be gone or forgotten. As the book went on, I fell more and more in love with this place. I understood why Max loved it so very much, and why he would want to protect it.

 

Which is why the ending broke my heart. It was perfection, but still my heart is broken. This was just too good. One star gone, only because Mrs. De Winter drove me bonkers the majority of this story. All I have to say is MAKE SOME DECISIONS WOMAN. I know this book was aptly written for the period, but lord. I could not have been alive during this time. I would have murdered someone myself.

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text 2017-09-01 18:39
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

Reading this for the Gothic square!

 

 

So far, I've alternated between wanting to smack our little heroine, and sweep her off to safety. She is so caught up in the idea of being the woman of the house, of having Manderley as her own, that she hasn't stopped to think how odd this whole thing is. Probably the least romantic proposal I've ever heard of. Hahaha. Poor little thing.

 

I suspect now that she's arrived at Manderley, things are going to get eerie. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. I hope there is much haunting.

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text 2017-08-31 21:56
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

I've never read this before, so I decided to give the audio a shot! So far I love it. This book screams gothic fiction, even though I've only just started. The description of Manderley at the beginning of the book is perfection. I felt myself walking the rambling grounds, and even at this point I can feel the tension starting to build. The eyes watching from unknown sources.

 

I am SO excited to finish this.

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text 2015-09-19 21:57
Mount TBR 2015 - Book 45
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman
Rebecca's Tale - Sally Beauman

Books which show us another side of a more famous work are always intriguing, but can be a bit hit or miss. There are some truly dreadful 'what happened next/previously' books out there; particularly when it comes to Pride and Prejudice for some reason. But there are also some gems. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is a wonderful book about the early life of the first Mrs Rochester, who readers have only seen as the mad-woman in the attic who causes all sorts of problems for Jane Eyre.

 

And Rebeccas's Tale is about another first wife who also gets a bad press but isn't able to tell her side of the story. I just hope she has more backbone than the second Mrs DeWinter. 

 

 

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