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The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter finds it difficult and frightening to live in the shadow of her predecessor, a situation that is exacerbated by her husband's moodiness, and the presence of sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, [1997], c1938
ISBN: 9780380730407
Call Number: F DUMAURIE
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 12, 2019

classic murder mystery is so well written that one can picture the Manderly, trees, valleys, sea etc. must read book. i loved it.
Female protagonist was servant suddenly becomes Max s wife. It becomes hard for her to change according to rich standers. she was still feeling insecure after marriage , her husband was not close to her , they were strangers to each other. it makes sense that why she was insecure.
British style is different, must read book.

FPL_Lori Nov 11, 2019

A classic gothic tale of suspense! This book is perfect for readers who like suspense and ghost stories but don't like horror.

Nov 09, 2019

Overall I hated the book because the protagonist’s such a wimp, but I also wonder if my recent readings about Jane Austen’s protagonists have raised my standards... The plot is great and I would have given it a much higher rating had the protagonist been more appealing.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- The protagonist has a frustrating lack of ability to communicate. She seems really insecure, as she is always thinking about how the servants everywhere mistreat her, yet she never tells anyone when she actually gets bullied, even when Mrs.Danvers makes her wear the portrait’s dress and cajoles her to commit suicide. Also why would you think your nemesis would suddenly want to be your friend? It’s such a stupid mistake! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- She is jealous of Rebecca but never makes an effort to better herself but rather willows in self-pity.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
- The romance seems absurd. She depends all her worth (and Rebecca’s) on Maxim’s love alone, and even sympathizes with him although he murdered Rebecca because he’d rather kill a person than to ruin Manderley‘s reputation. What kind of sick love is blinding this girl? I also thought she would end up with Frank in a Middlemarch-style ending but nope. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
I watched the movie after reading the book and it is much closer to my expectations: an artless, young girl has a coming-of-age experience while dealing with secrets and struggling to fit into another world. She’s also more expressive and the murder is more reasonable. I especially love the way Mrs.Danvers stayed behind to burn with Manderley; this explicit ending has a tragic beauty.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Oct 21, 2019

A few different staff members read this in preparation for tonight's book group and at least one of them hasn't stopped raving about it since she finished reading it!

Sep 27, 2019

One of my all-time favourite classics. I still remember the way I felt after finishing it for the first time in high school. A thrilling and heartfelt mystery.

Aug 11, 2019

A decent whodunnit which I enjoyed for the most part. DuMauriers overuse of words and breathy prose elude me. I found this same style of writing while reading “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.

Jul 22, 2019

I expected this book to plod along like Jane Eyre, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Narrator was a bit weak and vapid to start with but really grows as the plot gets more interesting, and I was surprised by a few turns. I also really liked the synopsis at the end.

Jul 16, 2019

This book is good. I'm leading with that because the first two thirds are a bit of a slog, not bad but very slowly paced. There is a lot of subtle metaphor and foreshadowing. The detailed descriptions offer a good sense of the feeling in the English countryside specifically in the mansion that is the main setting. The protagonist takes a while to get to know and even longer to like but overall the story is interesting and worth the read.

Jul 10, 2019

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” One of the most famous opening lines in literature: ambiguous, mysterious, and dreamy. Rebecca is a Gothic novel by Daphne du Maurier, originally published in 1938. The shy, awkward, and imaginative narrator, who remains unnamed throughout the novel, is a young woman whose life has taken a sudden turn when she encounters, through Maximilian de Winter, an attractive, rich, and well-mannered widower, owner of the famous Manderley house. Less than a month later, the schoolgirl-like narrator is accompanying Maxim de Winter back to Manderley, ornate and shadowy, with traces everywhere of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca. Rebecca is told through a young voice, honestly eager to attain the idealistic image of Rebecca: beautiful, spirited, clever. Yet the more blunders the narrator makes, the more shadows she stumbles upon, until one incident reveals the lies she’s been told. The young woman’s mistakes and struggles with the duties as the mistress of Manderley are raw and piteous, but the haunting shades of something unknown lurks in every corner, drawing the reader further into the story with every sentence. Rebecca is a masterpiece, perfectly balancing its ghostlike dreaminess with real and human qualities: jealousy, love, and evil. @StarRead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is a story about a young girl who falls in love with the mysterious Maxim De Winter and they get married, but when he brings her to his home, Manderley, she begins to realize how little she knows about him or his previous wife, Rebecca. This book is suspenseful and enthralling, because the reader only knows as much about Rebecca as the main character, which builds up the suspense and leads to an unexpected twist ending. I really enjoyed this book because I liked the time and setting, and all of the characters were unique and likable. I would recommend this book to any fans of suspense and mystery books like The Haunting of Hill House or The Turn of the Screw. I think this book deserves a rating of 10/10 stars. @bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter enters the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learns the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

May 20, 2009

The story concerns a woman who marries an English nobleman and returns with him to Manderley, his country estate. There, she finds herself haunted by reminders of his first wife, Rebecca, who died in a boating accident less than a year earlier. In this case, the haunting is psychological, not physical: Rebecca does not appear as a ghost, but her spirit affects nearly everything that takes place at Manderley. The narrator, whose name is never divulged, is left with a growing sense of distrust toward those who loved Rebecca, wondering just how much they resent her for taking Rebecca's place. In the final chapters, the book turns into a detective story, as the principal characters try to reveal or conceal what really happened on the night Rebecca died.


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Sep 02, 2011

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

May 05, 2010

"They were all fitting into place, the jig-saw pieces. The odd strained shapes that I had tried to piece together with my fumbling fingers and they had never fitted. Frank's odd manner when I spoke about Rebecca. Beatrice and her rather diffident negative attitude. The silence that I had always taken for sympathy and regret was a silence born of shame and embarrassment. It seemed incredible to me now that I had never understood. I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great wall in front of them that hid the truth. This was what I had done. I had built up false pictures in my mind and sat before them. I had never had the courage to demand the truth. Had I made one step forward out of my own shyness Maxim would have told these things four months, five months ago."


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