Rebecca

Paperback | January 30, 2003

byDaphne Du MaurierForeword bySally Beauman

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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.

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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 Car...

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89), daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier, was born in London, educated at home and in Paris, and lived much of her life in her beloved Cornwall, the setting for many of her novels. Most of her novels have been bestsellers and many have been made into films. She is considered one of the mos...

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Format: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 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.
Date published: 2013-07-09
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.
Date published: 2010-05-27
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!
Date published: 2008-01-25
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!
Date published: 2006-11-27
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.
Date published: 2006-11-12

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Excellent entertainment . . . du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings.-Stephen King