Rebecca

Rebecca

Book - 2006
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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again."

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten--a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house's current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife--the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

This special edition of Rebecca includes excerpts from Daphne du Maurier's The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, an essay on the real Manderley, du Maurier's original epilogue to the book, and more.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2006.
ISBN: 9780380730407
0380730405
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 21 cm.

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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?

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laphampeak
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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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amariecowan33
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!

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becker
Apr 14, 2018

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

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Scrabble_0
Dec 05, 2017

This novel shows the growth of the main character from a insecure young single women to a confident married women of an English estate. I think the main theme of this novel is you cannot escape you mistakes.

shokolit Oct 22, 2017

I've read this book years ago, but decided recently to read it again. Turns out, I don't remember most of it. I like the writing, but have somewhat of a hard time with the narrator. She is so self deprecating, weak and naive. The first time I read the book, I liked her. But now, many years later, well, not so much. In my opinion, although its a very old book, with some hard to stomach terms and stereotypes (that make the modern reader cringe ), its still a classic that is so very well written.

DBRL_KrisA Jun 04, 2017

Oh, I'm not gonna make friends with this review. I mean, there were definitely parts I liked - the costume ball and Mrs. Danvers' little bit of revenge; the suspenseful scene at the doctor's - but there was a lot of boring stuff in between.
The narrator is a wimpy little thing with no backbone. Woman, you're the lady of the house; you're Madame Freekin' De Winter - stand up to Mrs Danvers! And when the first Madame De Winter's drunk cousin shows up, and tries to bully his way around, drinking their whisky and stealing their cigarettes, no one kicks him out of the house? I bet Frith was just waiting for the order. "Just give me the word, just give me the word..."
All in all, this was a decent book. A couple of big surprises, a couple of fun characters. But definitely not a book I'm excited to have read.

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darladoodles
May 05, 2017

This is my second time reading "Rebecca" and what could be more fitting in the midst of Goodread's Mystery & Thriller Week? I read "Last night I dreamed I was at Manderley again. . ." and I was under its enchantment once again.

This is an understated mystery that you cannot help but feel along with the narrator -- despite the fact that we never know what her first name is. She is simply "the second Mrs. DeWinter" and that contributes to the effect of this classic tale.

Less is more as the plot unfolds and we, along with the narrator, imagine whisperings and terror on every side . . . Highly recommended.

ArapahoeSteffen Feb 15, 2017

I'm not crazy over this book, but there were some really good parts and the description of the red rhododendrons on the Manderley estate was so sinister, its really stuck with me.

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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.

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mbazal
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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lisahiggs
Sep 02, 2011

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

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mbazal
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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May 05, 2010

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