Rebecca

by Daphne du Maurier | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by charmedwitch23 of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 2/22/2004
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by charmedwitch23 from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, February 22, 2004
I havent read this book.

"...an unforgetable masterpiece of love and suspense is a storytelling triumph treasured in the memories of millions of readers"

Journal Entry 2 by charmedwitch23 from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, March 04, 2004
Taking to mini meetup today in Sydney at Quattro Cafe, Hyde Park, St. James station. Given to Fushmush. Great to meet you. Had a good time.

Journal Entry 3 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, March 04, 2004
Picked up from CharmedWitch23 at our Sydney minimeet today. Lovely to meet you!

Journal Entry 4 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, August 08, 2005
What a wonderful novel; I really loved this book. I can't believe it's the first time I've read this classic.

The young, shy narrator falls desperately in love with Max De Winter, a much older and wealthier widower. After a whirlwind romance they marry and return to his much lauded estate, Manderlay. The new bride has to compete with the memory of Max's ex-wife Rebecca, who had been beautiful and sophisticated, the opposite of the dowdy and timid narrator. She also has to deal with the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, who is utterly devoted to the memory of Rebecca.

I particularly liked how the narrator remains anonymous to emphasise the contrast between her and the larger-than-life Rebecca.

This is a fascinating tale of love and jealously, trust and betrayal. Anyone who has enjoyed Jane Eyre will also love this novel. One of my favourite reads from this year.

Journal Entry 5 by BookFrog from Albion Park, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, August 09, 2005
fisuhmush made me take it because she said it is so great and fantastic and lovely

I'll be holding you to it fushie!

Journal Entry 6 by BookFrog from Albion Park, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, October 08, 2005
Ok fushie so you were right ;) Not that I expected you to be wrong or I wouldn't have taken the book.

Anyway at the beginning of the novel I was a bit annoyed with the heroine - I mean get some backbone or something! She was more suited I thought for Mr Crawley the estate keeper (I think - I should find the book to check).

Poor naive little girl falls in love with much older man and returns to his estate to find that she has to compete with his beautiful larger than life first wife who disappeared and drowned on a boating trip.

Max her husband I thought was quite neglectful - treating her patronisingly, leaving her in the hands of the house keeper who loved Rebecca and not at least helping her with having decent clothes to look the part. The story is of course from the point of view of the nameless narrator and as the book develops it was partly her fault that Max left her alone but still doesn't totally absolve him.

Events turn and things are all that they seem and something brings Max and his second wife together but causes them to lose the lovely estate Manderlay.

Of course til now that's all I knew about this novel "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." Very famous beginning.

I think I tried years and years ago to read Rebecca and just couldn't get through it, glad I persisted.

A great read!

Journal Entry 7 by kazza-blankone from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, October 29, 2005
Loved this book when I first read it in high school; caught at the Sydney meetup.

Journal Entry 8 by kazza-blankone from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, September 14, 2009
Took nearly four years to get around to reading this after the meetup. Quite enjoyed it again, although the "romance" seemed a little forced.

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