Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

First sentence:

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."


"Last Night I Dreamt I Went To Manderley Again."

"So the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter remembered the chilling events that led her down the turning drive past the beeches, white and naked, to the isolated gray stone manse on the windswept Cornish coast. With a husband she barely knew, the young bride arrived at this immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten...her suite of rooms never touched, her clothes ready to be worn, her servant -- the sinister Mrs. Danvers -- still loyal. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightened around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter began her search for the real fate of Rebecca...for the secrets of Manderley." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a gripping book about identity as the nameless new wife tries to make sense of her place at Manderley, believing that she could never replace the memory of Rebecca. I enjoyed reading this book and seeing the 1940 Hitchcock film version starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson.

Date read: 1/3/2014
Book #: 1
Rating: 4*/5 = great
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0812416503
ISBN-13: 9780812416503
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Year: ?; 2006 [this edition]
# of pages: 416
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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