Monday, April 14, 2014

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Mrs. de Winter’s Frosty Reception (Classics)

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier starts with one of the most famous literary opening lines: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  It’s about a widower who marries a young, naïve woman and brings her to his estate called Manderley. There, an unfamiliar world of servants and social expectations await her. The new Mrs. de Winter tries to fit in, but quickly discovers all is not what she thought it would be. Mrs. Danvers, housekeeper and devotee to the late first wife, Rebecca de Winter, does not make her life easy. Eventually we discover more about the mysterious Rebecca and what happened to her. This classic novel is a mystery, a love story, and a drama all wrapped into one of my favorite books of all time. First published in 1938, Rebecca has never been out of print, so obviously I’m not the only one who loved it. 

My book club read it and while they thought it was a bit slow at the beginning, they all agreed that once Mrs. de Winter arrived at Manderley, they truly enjoyed the book with all its twists and turns. 

I learned at our meeting that Daphne du Maurier wrote The Birds, which was made into an Alfred Hitchcock movie as well as Jamaica Inn.  Hitchcock also directed Daphne's movie adaptation of Rebecca, which won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1941. 

Happy Reading,

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed Rebecca - I have always wanted to read this clasic and am very happy that I finally did!