Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

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My in-person book club’s March pick, and we picked it to go along with our annual tea party.

Maybe not quite as perfect a book for a tea party as some of our other choices (like The Road from Coorain, or The Secret Keeper), but any book with a British setting still feels appropriate for the tea party. 🙂

I’d read Rebecca years ago – in high school, or perhaps right after I graduated. While I expected that I’d have forgotten most of it, I didn’t find that to be the case, and almost all of the book was familiar. The advantage of that was it let me see how du Maurier structured the book and set up the surprises. The disadvantage was that I wasn’t surprised by any of the reveals, and I didn’t feel compelled to read the last chapter or two when I ran out of time before book club. Yes, that’s right. I didn’t read the very end in my book, and instead went online and found spoilers to confirm that what I thought I remembered is what happened.

Rebecca makes for a good discussion book – there’s a lot to chat about and debate. Where it gets slightly tedious is the nameless main character – constantly calling her “the main character” or “the second Mrs. DeWinter” got tiring, and eventually we started referring to her as nameless. Certainly not a reason to skip discussing the book, but it wasn’t anything I had anticipated.

While I wish I could say that I loved the book, I didn’t. I enjoyed the writing (so beautiful and atmospheric!), and her characterizations include some standouts. However, I was also so annoyed with some of the plotting that it detracted from the overall enjoyment of the book. I do think it works so well as a discussion book though, that I’d still highly recommend it for that purpose. Even if you’re not reading it for a book club, I still think it a worthwhile choice for general cultural literacy. Maybe you’ll be a bigger fan than I was of it, but even if you’re not, some books are worth reading.

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Publisher’s Description:
“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.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

Book Details

Title: RebeccaRebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Category: Fiction / Classic
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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  1. Thanks for being honest about this read. I would be annoyed not having a name for the main character also. Good review and I like your page!

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