Rebecca by Daphne Du MaurierRebecca by Daphne Du Maurier


byDaphne Du MaurierForeword bySally Beauman

Paperback | January 30, 2003

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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine ofRebeccalearns 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. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, 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 sinceJane Eyrehas a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print,Rebeccais the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel,The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novelRebeccathat launched her i...
Title:RebeccaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.66 × 5.02 × 1.19 inPublished:January 30, 2003Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1844080382

ISBN - 13:9781844080380

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rebecca I am not usually a fan of romance, but this book is one of my favourites. It is haunting with enough mystery to keep me intrigued throughout the whole book.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good This book was really slow, and the heroine had a horrible self esteem. Now I have a pretty low self esteem myself so I could really relate to her, but I did get tired of her not standing up for herself, which I guess reflects on how much I get tired of my own lack of esteem. I really liked the mystery of Rebecca and wanted to find out everything about her.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Over all I liked the book. A lot of it was the manners and morals of the time but there is still that romance Gothic atmosphere of mystery in it. Good read.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it I enjoyed the pacing and detail in this book the descriptions led to created a somber mood that reflected the intricacies and motivations of th characters
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me. Clearly I'm in the minority here, but I didn't like Rebecca. This book was on my to-read list for so long, and I guess maybe my expectations were too high. The descriptions of the house and the land were creepy and perfect. Unfortunately, those descriptions didn't save this book for me. It started out promising enough, but then I felt like I was just waiting for things to get really spooky, and while there were a few moments, I was expecting more. Probably the biggest problem I had with this book is that I didn't like ANY of the characters! That hardly ever happens. I lost all respect for the main character by the end, couldn't stand her unimaginative dialogue (both internal and actual conversations) and didn't really care what happened to her or her husband.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A suspenseful tale I didn't expect to love this as much as I did. I thought it would be dull but was in fact, enthralled (though the first few pages are a bit boring). It is unsettling and hair-raisingly creepy while still being pure. I thought the ending was delectable. A must read!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Love this book, its unsettling and beautifully written. Its the kind of book that you wish went on for a couple more chapters. I would have loved to see where their lives went
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a classic A great psychological drama. Written intelligently and beautifully.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique I love the peculiarities of this book. The character who dominates it is not alive at the time of its narration. It's main character is nameless; however, you see her innermost thoughts, and in my case, could relate to many of them.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read I bought this novel for class, and I couldn't put this book down. A great gothic novel, I can't wait to read her other books.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked this a lot. I loved the plot, and the eerie feeling you get throughout the entire novel. I feel it was set up rather nicely, and the setting was well created that it transported me there immediately. However, three stars because I feel she could have created a stronger main character that grew into her convictions and beliefs on her own accord, rather than just finally gaining some direction and dominance in her own life because her affections are finally returned, and just transforming into the projections her love interest had thrown upon her.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 stars Really enjoyed this and have started reading her other books as well. I would recommend this if you like gothic fiction. #plumreview
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Rebecca captures a readers attention right from the start. Without giving too much away Daphne Du Maurier keeps the readers on the edge of their seat throughout the entire novel and suprises you in a way that you would never expect. This novel started my obsession with this author and i love reading it over and over again.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Surprisingly Loved This Book! I read Rebecca in one of my English classes at university and was not very interested in reading it at all. Once I started, however, I could not put the book down - I stayed up until 5am finishing it! So much mystery and so many twists! I loved it!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly good! Something I did not expect to like as much as I did--slow beginning, but persevere! The heroine's story spirals deeper and deeper into mysteries of the darkest varieties. Fantastic read for a vacation (or any time, really)!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic gothic tale How often have we dreamed of a place that we can't go back to - it is just a memory. The narrator lives with a past that enroaches on daily life giving seemingly innocent happenings a portent that builds into one of the best gothic suspense books ever. The fact that the narrator has no other name than to be the second Mrs. DeWinter lends to how anonymous she feels compared to the memory of the first wife.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is a beautifully written book that exceeded my expectations. It has been a long time since I've come across a character so relatable and writer with such beautiful prose. Rebecca's impact on the second Mrs. de Winter can be felt by the reader. The intimidation, the fear, the resentment, and the conquering of these feelings. Although there were some plot points that seemed obvious to me and I couldn't believe the narrator wasn't picking up on them, for the most part it was a lovely story to get lost in that I will remember for a long time.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doesn't move quickly, but still wanted to keep reading. The young unnamed lead in this novel meets, and soon after marries, Maxim de Winter after meeting him in Monte Carlo while working as a companion to an older lady. When he brings her back to his home in England, Manderley, she seems to be constantly compared to Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca. Although it seems like not much happens in this book, or at least what does happen happens slowly, I still found it quite intriguing and interesting. I wanted to keep reading. I found I really like du Maurier’s writing style. I also found it interesting the way du Maurier would pick out little details to focus on. Knowing that Alfred Hitchcock had made this into a movie, the focus on these little details really made me think that this book would really suit his style, too. I really liked it. Though, I was quite disappointed that too much was given away in the intro to the 2003 edition that I read.
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read After the first couple of chapters of this one, I was hooked and couldn't put it down.. definately a book to add to your shelf!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Classic I love this book. It is wonderfully written. Rebecca is one of the few books I have started to read again right after finishing the last page. My favourite quotes: "I believe there is a theory that men and women emerge finer and stronger after suffering, and that to advance in this or any world we must endure ordeal by fire" & "Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind." The first chapter might be difficult to understand, but after the text becomes easier to comprehend. Happy Reading!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the wait Rebecca has been on my list of 'books to read' for years and I finally picked it up recently. It was worth the wait. I loved the vivid descriptions of the Cornish setting and the air of mystery and suspense that suffused the whole novel. I haven't seen the movie either so every twist and turn in the plot was a surprise to me. Despite its age, the writing is very fresh and familiar for a 21st century reader.
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Editorial Reviews

A mesmerising novel which reveals more on each reading-Helen Dunmore