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Publisher: New York Doubleday c1938
Characteristics: 457 p. 20 cm.


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Jul 16, 2019

This book is good. I'm leading with that because the first two thirds are a bit of a slog, not bad but very slowly paced. There is a lot of subtle metaphor and foreshadowing. The detailed descriptions offer a good sense of the feeling in the English countryside specifically in the mansion that is the main setting. The protagonist takes a while to get to know and even longer to like but overall the story is interesting and worth the read.

Jul 10, 2019

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” One of the most famous opening lines in literature: ambiguous, mysterious, and dreamy. Rebecca is a Gothic novel by Daphne du Maurier, originally published in 1938. The shy, awkward, and imaginative narrator, who remains unnamed throughout the novel, is a young woman whose life has taken a sudden turn when she encounters, through Maximilian de Winter, an attractive, rich, and well-mannered widower, owner of the famous Manderley house. Less than a month later, the schoolgirl-like narrator is accompanying Maxim de Winter back to Manderley, ornate and shadowy, with traces everywhere of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca. Rebecca is told through a young voice, honestly eager to attain the idealistic image of Rebecca: beautiful, spirited, clever. Yet the more blunders the narrator makes, the more shadows she stumbles upon, until one incident reveals the lies she’s been told. The young woman’s mistakes and struggles with the duties as the mistress of Manderley are raw and piteous, but the haunting shades of something unknown lurks in every corner, drawing the reader further into the story with every sentence. Rebecca is a masterpiece, perfectly balancing its ghostlike dreaminess with real and human qualities: jealousy, love, and evil. @StarRead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

LPL_KatieF Mar 03, 2019

2019 Book Squad Reading Goals - Amateur detective

Dec 27, 2018

This book creeped me out. It was pretty fantastic. I don't believe you ever know the narrator's name. She just assumes her predecessor's title as the wife of the lord of the manor, and she struggles to find an identity in the shadow of this preternatural beast of a woman's legacy.

Dec 18, 2018

What a tedious read! Far too much repetitive detail; and what's with this 'he said', 'she said' ?? As if the reader is too clued out to determine who is speaking, and why not use a few synonyms for 'said'? I read to the end, hoping there would be some sort of denouement, resolution, or closure, but no... It was as if the author had no clue how to bring such a long novel to a satisfactory conclusion.

i hope you are well aware that Hitchcock made this book into a boffo film, filled with suspence. i knew a young girl in Frisco, her first name was Rebecca. i would jokingly mutter 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm' over her shoulder while she was steeping her tea. the way it turns out, the title character of this story better represents her. . . . ah, but the real Rebecca who i knew, had eyes of the deepest blue, a blue i'm not sure is represented on any colour spectrum. // Anyway, the film is great, and the director, from what i have gleaned, had mucho respect for the book's author, as well as the story, itself. quiz question: what was the Mcguffin?

Nov 12, 2018

Quick and enjoyable with 1930's nuance mixed with mystery and deceit. It's an interesting time to read it as its background setting is class distinction, a women's "place", marriage, and a splash of a police investigation.

Oct 31, 2018

Rebecca is a classic gothic novel, which never gets old. This story was so enthralling, and engrossing, that it definitely deserves more than five stars! The novel’s heroine was the protagonist and narrator of the story. We never learn her name. Her past and maiden name is completely unknown, but she is known as a shy, sensitive orphan. She marries the older, wealthy widower Maxim de Winter, and becomes Mrs. De Winter”. His first wife was Rebecca De Winter and she was a very beautiful and charming woman. When she learned she would die from cancer, she torments her husband…I will leave the rest up to your imagination. Read this novel and you will never put it down. 5/5 stars
@janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 18, 2018

This is my absolute favorite book. I really enjoyed all the plot twists that du Maurier added. I think I fell in love from the first words I read! Definitely recommend!

Apr 14, 2018

Gothic romance loaded with atmosphere and some very interesting and vivid characters. Very enjoyable reading.

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter enters the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learns the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

May 20, 2009

The story concerns a woman who marries an English nobleman and returns with him to Manderley, his country estate. There, she finds herself haunted by reminders of his first wife, Rebecca, who died in a boating accident less than a year earlier. In this case, the haunting is psychological, not physical: Rebecca does not appear as a ghost, but her spirit affects nearly everything that takes place at Manderley. The narrator, whose name is never divulged, is left with a growing sense of distrust toward those who loved Rebecca, wondering just how much they resent her for taking Rebecca's place. In the final chapters, the book turns into a detective story, as the principal characters try to reveal or conceal what really happened on the night Rebecca died.


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Sep 02, 2011

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

May 05, 2010

"They were all fitting into place, the jig-saw pieces. The odd strained shapes that I had tried to piece together with my fumbling fingers and they had never fitted. Frank's odd manner when I spoke about Rebecca. Beatrice and her rather diffident negative attitude. The silence that I had always taken for sympathy and regret was a silence born of shame and embarrassment. It seemed incredible to me now that I had never understood. I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great wall in front of them that hid the truth. This was what I had done. I had built up false pictures in my mind and sat before them. I had never had the courage to demand the truth. Had I made one step forward out of my own shyness Maxim would have told these things four months, five months ago."


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