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The (Future) Vista Cañas Library

Rebecca

(1 customer review)

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Length: 449 pages
Type: Fiction, Physical Book
Genre: Classic, 1000 Books, Literary, Crime/Thriller, Historical

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Description

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again.”

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

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1 review for Rebecca

  1. Janet Dore

    I read this book as a teenager (long ago!) and it never fully left my memory. I had vague memories of a very young & inexperienced newlywed haunted by her older husband’s sophisticated first wife, who died under mysterious circumstances. I never forgot the haunting estate home—Manderly—that was one of the story’s main characters. I remembered a ghost story.

    When I read it again as an adult, I saw why the impact was so strong…why my memory had transformed it into an actual physical haunting. The story is so emotionally powerful and the characters and setting are described in such detail that it’s like a movie is playing in your head as you read. The theme is timeless…”Things are not always as they seem.” Such a powerful message.

    Du Maurier finds so many creative ways to convey her messages to her readers. One of the brilliantly simple ways she conveys Rebecca’s dominance in the lives of all the characters is by never sharing the young wife’s name, even though she is the one you are most intimate with as the narrator of the story…Rebecca & Manderly are the names that dominate the story. I love the progression of the nameless narrator from a young, naive & inexperienced paid companion into a strong, wise & supportive wife. So many levels to this meaningful story!

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