Rebecca

Rebecca

Book - 1981
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Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 1981
Edition: Large print ed., 1st Charnwood ed
ISBN: 9780708980064
0708980066
Characteristics: 598 p. ; 23 cm

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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.

AL_STEFFEN 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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Urbano
Oct 25, 2016

Very few books have the power to completely entrance me as Rebecca does. This was my fifth or sixth re-read and the magic was almost as strong as it was when I first read it at thirteen.

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eydie11
Sep 14, 2016

I enjoyed Frenchmans Creek so much I thought I would really enjoy this book. I also found it wordy in some areas on descriptions. She can paint beautiful photos in the minds eye, but sometimes they were a bit long winded. It was a bit difficult to get to the end, but if you do it was when it got really good. I also didn't care for the very end. I wanted to know more, but she leaves you hanging a bit.

EuSei Jun 23, 2015

An interesting story, but this is such a verbose book, that I skipped pages several times. (No wonder it was no blockbuster when first published! The movie is actually what made du Maurier famous.) There is a lot written about the main character’s feelings. Du Maurier wrote endless descriptions of how she thought others felt; sometimes there were three, four pages of the main character’s speculations. She created whole scenes where the main character imagined her interaction with others, with beginning, middle and end. After a while that gets really tiresome. The beginning of the book is a description of the main character dreaming of going to Manderley and way too long. No doubt du Maurier had a talent with words: some of her descriptions were absolutely lovely, some breath-taking and others just carried you right to the place/feeling described. Odd: you will never learn what the narrator’s name is! Nobody ever calls her by her name; she is only referred as Mrs. de Winter, very odd…

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DorisWaggoner
Apr 07, 2015

This first duMaurier novel to make her a big name author (her husband-to-be read it and came to look up the famous but reclusive author). I read it years ago, and after reading her bio decided to revisit it. I remembered many specific lines, but had forgotten a great deal--except the menace. I'm so glad I reread it, and I won't spoil a thing for anybody who hasn't had the pleasure of reading it for the first time or is approaching it again. It's a treat. And when you finish, go back and reread the beginning two chapters, because they will mean something very different after you know how the whole thing turns out! Anyone who thinks that the large number of novels duMaurier wrote means she just churned them out is very wrong--at least about this one. Not a word placed wrong here.

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Sansha
Sep 10, 2014

Realy enjoyed revisiting this novel. I read it a long, long time ago and had forgotten the storyline. It is one of our Bookclub books. Found it a bit hard to get into initially and then it started moving along. Had forgotten the events leading up to the conclusion of the book. Very discriptive of Manderley and its surrounds.

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bigreader69
Aug 12, 2014

Title for June 2015

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joliebergman
Apr 26, 2013

Wonderful. Just wonderful. A new favorite.

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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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