Rebecca

Rebecca

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A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband's first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman's death.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday & Co., 1965 c1938
ISBN: 9780385043809
0385043805
Branch Call Number: CF DU MAURIER
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 22 cm

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Classic Gothic literature at its finest.

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This Jane Eyre-esque novel has become of classic in its own right.

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ArapahoeKati Sep 11, 2018

If autumn makes you think of romance and sprawling manor homes complete with the chilling memory of a deceased wife, this suspenseful novel is for you.

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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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therapymutt
Jan 25, 2020

HISTORICAL BORING

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PiepieB
Dec 11, 2019

If I could bring books with me if I was going to be stranded on a desert island, this classic would definitely be one of my top picks. I reread this book every so often, and I love it each and every time. The nameless narrator - the second Mrs de Winter - is shy and awkward as hell and the ultimate introvert. The writing is so beautiful - you can taste the salt in the air, smell the scent of azaleas, hear the ocean pounding on the rocks. I love how by now these familiar words are so ingrained to me. I wish a happy ending somehow for Maxim and his new bride ... you will, also.

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swathikilingaru
Nov 12, 2019

classic murder mystery is so well written that one can picture the Manderly, trees, valleys, sea etc. must read book. i loved it.
Female protagonist was servant suddenly becomes Max s wife. It becomes hard for her to change according to rich standers. she was still feeling insecure after marriage , her husband was not close to her , they were strangers to each other. it makes sense that why she was insecure.
British style is different, must read book.

FPL_Lori Nov 11, 2019

A classic gothic tale of suspense! This book is perfect for readers who like suspense and ghost stories but don't like horror.

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carolwu96
Nov 09, 2019

Overall I hated the book because the protagonist’s such a wimp, but I also wonder if my recent readings about Jane Austen’s protagonists have raised my standards... The plot is great and I would have given it a much higher rating had the protagonist been more appealing.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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- The protagonist has a frustrating lack of ability to communicate. She seems really insecure, as she is always thinking about how the servants everywhere mistreat her, yet she never tells anyone when she actually gets bullied, even when Mrs.Danvers makes her wear the portrait’s dress and cajoles her to commit suicide. Also why would you think your nemesis would suddenly want to be your friend? It’s such a stupid mistake! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- She is jealous of Rebecca but never makes an effort to better herself but rather willows in self-pity.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- The romance seems absurd. She depends all her worth (and Rebecca’s) on Maxim’s love alone, and even sympathizes with him although he murdered Rebecca because he’d rather kill a person than to ruin Manderley‘s reputation. What kind of sick love is blinding this girl? I also thought she would end up with Frank in a Middlemarch-style ending but nope. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I watched the movie after reading the book and it is much closer to my expectations: an artless, young girl has a coming-of-age experience while dealing with secrets and struggling to fit into another world. She’s also more expressive and the murder is more reasonable. I especially love the way Mrs.Danvers stayed behind to burn with Manderley; this explicit ending has a tragic beauty.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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OG_RA
Oct 21, 2019

A few different staff members read this in preparation for tonight's book group and at least one of them hasn't stopped raving about it since she finished reading it!

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sallyslowreader
Sep 27, 2019

One of my all-time favourite classics. I still remember the way I felt after finishing it for the first time in high school. A thrilling and heartfelt mystery.

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juner54
Aug 11, 2019

A decent whodunnit which I enjoyed for the most part. DuMauriers overuse of words and breathy prose elude me. I found this same style of writing while reading “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.

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Linyarai
Jul 22, 2019

I expected this book to plod along like Jane Eyre, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Narrator was a bit weak and vapid to start with but really grows as the plot gets more interesting, and I was surprised by a few turns. I also really liked the synopsis at the end.

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deborahbates
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.

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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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