It was hailed as a masterpiece when it first appeared -- and in this more cynical age as the ultimate in Little-Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes girl's books. Actually, there's a surprising amount of gentle satire here, some psychological depth, and a series of sharply-observed characters -- not least of whom is Rebecca herself, who fits into her parochial New England village like quicksilver fits into water. It's also very obviously the forerunner of 'Anne of Green Gables'; L.M. Montgomery had in fact read -- and loved -- 'Rebecca' shortly before recasting the plot to fit her own, less severely realistic point of view. Worth a second look all round.