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 didn't fall into that category of book love.  Most commented that it was difficult to get into because it was wordy and overly descriptive.  However, they all agreed that once they arrived at Manderley, they enjoyed the book, especially the twists and turns. (So, hang in there.) 

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!