Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .
Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
Unlike my last book in this challenge, I have read Rebecca before. I absolutely loved it so I decided to read it again for the 20th Century Classic option.
Rebecca is a novel that many avid readers feel like they should read. I agree with them. I think it’s a book that everyone that enjoys reading should at least attempt. Like the previous time I read Rebecca I thought it was a bit slow to start, but suddenly I was gripped by the book and didn’t want to put it down. Rebecca is a book that stays with you, long after you have finished.
The characters are fabulous it’s hard to pinpoint who I enjoyed more. If I had to pick I’d choose either Rebecca or the creepy Mrs Danvers. It may be weird to admit to liking such a creepy character but her obsession for Rebecca was fascinating. I think without such a strange character Rebecca wouldn’t have been such a good read. Mrs Danvers had such a strong attachment to Rebecca and seemed to make things difficult for the new Mrs de Maurier, because she simply didn’t match up to what she had known and loved. Maxim was a strange character to get on with. His moods often changed but I think it becomes clear towards the end of the book why he is the way he is.
Daphne Du Maurier’s writing is incredibly descriptive. We see the world through Mrs de Winters eyes and learn about the environment and the darker side of the story as she begins to develop and mature as a person. Mrs de Winter is incredibly immature and eager to please. She goes from being quite a weak (and sometimes annoying in her eager to please mode) character to growing up fast and developing a back bone.
I particularly enjoyed all of the plot twists in the story. The novel felt somewhat Gothic which is intriguing but it also felt like a mystery. It’s definitely a gripping story, making the reader think about how much a person can affect a families lives even when they are no longer around.
Rebecca is a story that I believe any avid reader could enjoy, no matter what genre they prefer. It’s incredibly easy to read, the writing is simple, but the plot is intriguing and complex. Yet, there’s enough drama to make you want to carry on reading even though there’s a lot going on. I loved it!
Geek Girl- Holly Smale