9 journalers for this copy...
Rebecca the novel has a similar enthralling element as Max De Winter's first wife, Rebecca, casts on those who knew her. His second wife, the person transcribing the book, feels so overcome by her presence she never even names herself. Is Rebecca's spirit still inhabiting her former home, Manderley? Will her ghost relinquish Max to love again?
I'll treasure every word and then let this little book fly by October 21!! Thanks!
In honor of AmberLee's BookCrossing anniversary, I'm releasing this book as a bookray on October 21, 2003.
The narrator ("the girl") in the book goes from acting like a bumbling, unconfident schoolgirl posing as a rich lady's companion to a calculating, head-held-high married woman running a large estate. But the ghosts of her much older husband's past cling tenaciously to her and to the Manderley household. As she slowly gains knowledge of her predecessor, and as some darker, more horrible truths make themselves known, the girl gains confidence and an understanding of a world that doesn't always fit into society's rules. I love when she realizes, "I could fight the living but I could not fight the dead." Brilliant!
Of course, it's rather odd to read this in today's setting where wives are not automatically expected to essentially be children under the care of their husbands. So, although some of the dialogue and customs are dated, the book still holds up well as an example of how secrets can be destructive and how we all tend to present a different front to the people around us rather than our true selves. It was a great read, and I'm so glad for the opportunity to dive into this story again. I can't help but constantly picture Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine as the lead roles while reading the book! Darn that Hitchcock!
Anyway, Happy Anniversary AmberLee17! I hope that this book finds itself in the hands of many happy readers.
Thanks for organizing this bookray, mellion108!
Daphne du Maurier’s characters got my attention, and her beautiful imagery kept me rapt. And it’s not just that famous opening line, either; the ending is just as beautifully written, but receives much less attention. Her subtle hinting throughout the book is well done (especially in that last chapter), though you can’t really appreciate its significance until you’ve finished reading (all the more reason to start it over again!).
Our unnamed heroine, the second Mrs. de Winter, was always hard for me to like. I didn’t not like her, as was the case with Rebecca, but I’m shocked at just how shy and spineless this girl is. I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s fought off irrational bouts of paranoia or fantasy, but hers are so extreme! But I guess that’s typical of the character.
Our leading lady is the opposite of Rebecca in most respects — shy, quiet, scared — but I’ve often played out one particular scene, which is more temper-tantrum than timidity, in my head: I envision her throwing a Cindy Brady-like fit (“It’s always Rebecca, Rebecca, Rebecca!” she tells Frank Crawley) while walking up the drive to Manderley (something I certainly couldn’t imagine Rebecca doing). And, now that I know the BBC2 has made a movie of it, I’ll have to search the library and local video stores to see if Joanna David does as good a job at this scene as the actress in my imagination!
Unlike the previous journallers, I've never read this book so I am looking forward to it immensely. I used to go to Cornwall a lot on vacation with my parents and our route always took us past a place called Jamaica Inn (see picture). Ever since then I've been meaning to read a du Maurier book. This seems like as good a place to start as any.
I've put this into my reading plan - will be able to get it moved on in 3-4 weeks. Hope that's OK!
Update 1/1/04 - started reading today! My first book of 2004...
For me the most interesting part of the story was its challenging ethics. The characters are created such that I did end up with my sympathies lying with Maxim and the girl, as Wandeca said, but then this little voice in me reminds me of the indisputable facts which we learn by the end. That'll keep me thinking for a while!
The photo here is of Polridmouth cove, on the Menabilly estate near Fowey in Corwall, which according to an article I found in the London Times Online, was du Maurier's inspiration for Manderley (Menabilly) and Kerrith (Fowey). Polridmouth was the location of the fisherman's cottage...
Now in the mail to tootshelling. Thanks everyone!
Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary!!
Thanks for sharing, sorry I had it so long!
7/18/04 update: I'm about halfway through and plan on sending it on this week sometime. Will journal again with my thoughts and confirm of sending.
Thank you for this ray, I doubt I would have picked this one up on my own! I'm still waiting to hear from nillabreen. I'll give it a few more days, and then off to caligula03 if I don't get a response.
Caligula03 asked to be skipped, and so the book is on the way to DianeO.
Well, it was just as enjoyable as I remembered - an excellent book, gripping and exciting throughout.
Thanks for sharing!
On it's way to Malaysia.
Thanks to all who participated in the bookray!