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Rebecca: A brief review.   —   Books

I have finally finished "Rebecca". In retrospect I cannot believe it took me as long as it did to read its 380 pages. Every moment of the story was captivating, every word written poetic. My previous post "Balancing on the Sill", where I talked briefly about my dislike for the main character, was written in haste. Those loathsome qualities that I had cruelly recounted were put in place by the author for a reason. The character is not drawn out in such a way for no purpose, a pivotal happening takes place which grants a significant change for her which then triggers many more levels of change to the story. The author used this as a tool and it was more successful than I could have thought possible. A sprawling gothic suspense novel it is written in careful measure, for the time you spend captured between those pages the author transforms you into the awkward and unsure Mrs. de Winter, Manderley your beloved home, and at times your prison. The last 100 pages I consumed hungrily and the last 50 pages I stayed up late reading by flashlight in bed. If I had not known beforehand the ending which was to take place, I would have cried out in the darkness with surprise and sorrow. It is no wonder this novel has stood its ground of almost 70 years and continues to be rediscovered and loved anew. A certain classic and one not to be ignored. I will be re-watching Hitchcock's film version of "Rebecca" to see how closely he captures the novel. A careful review is forthcoming.

Daphne Du Maurier, come to find out, was quite prolific. She wrote fifteen fiction novels, a handful of short stories, and some nonfiction as well. Many of her stories were adapted into film, most notably among them are Hitchcock's The Birds, Jamaican Inn, and of course, Rebecca. There was also a cult classic called Don't Look Now, starring Donald Sutherland. Suffice it to say, I will be reading more of her work in the coming years.

Posted 3.4.2007 10:55:46 AM

Wickerman wrote:
Didn't know she did "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now." I'll have to see that one again.
Posted 3/5/2007 7:19:48 PM
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