Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
Who should read this book:
- Anyone who is looking to broaden their reading comfort zone.
- If you are fan of classic romance.
- Anyone who loves a good old-fashioned drama
- Wants to enjoy a personal development story.
Who shouldn’t read this book:
- Anyone who hates super naive narrators.
- Who hates massive amounts of drama.
- Or doesn’t like classics.
- Anyone who just doesn’t like old fashioned romance.
I watched the film adaptation with my mum when I was smaller. The story has always intrigued me. It was quite a daunting read for me as I was quite nervous as to how I would find reading it as some classics can be quite dense and the language can overshadow the story for me.
This wasn’t the case for Rebecca I fell right into the story. The story was well formed from the offset and really easy to get through. We follow the story of a young girl who falls in love and marries a man twice her age whilst training to be a companion and the journey that they go on when they return to Manderly.
The only downside to this book was the main character’s naivety and her seeming innocence. I understood that she was a lot younger than Maxim but at times, the innocence strayed into ridiculous and I found that I just wanted to shake her at times. I thought that the twist was a little anti-climatic especially the second Mrs de Winter’s reaction.
It is definitely worth the read. There is a reason why it’s the most famous of Daphne Du Maurier’s books. Despite its flaws.
Have you read any of the classics and would recommend any for me to read? Let me know in the comments!
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