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EBOOK Ç EPUB Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier ä 9780316323703 FREE ✓ 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 baUdden 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 re A woman a man another woman's shadow; a landscape a house a hidden history These six elements have informed the gothic impulse from Udolpho and Jane Eyre to The Thirteenth Tale Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is crucial to the genre for in it du Maurier simplified and organized these six elements refining the narrative concentrating the mythic and enriching the ambiguity of her taleWhat du Maurier understood is that the heart of the romantic gothic is the struggle between two women one waking up to a new life and one not content to remain a ghost The man may be their conflicting goal the house and landscape their arena but it is the battle between these two women for life and power and autonomy that is the essence of the taleIn Rebecca the man is the haunted moody Maxim de Winter who has married a never named young woman a naive paid companion whom he has met during a recent stay in Monte Carlo The two return to Maxim's ancestral estate of Manderley but the new wife soon finds the old house and grounds as well as the mind of her increasingly melancholy husband dominated by the spirit of Rebecca his dead first wife The author's simplifying genius resides in the fact that in Rebecca the spirit of the dead woman animates the house and the landscape and obsesses the man Conseuently every attempt of the new Mrs de Winter the narrator to adjust to the house and staff including the daunting housekeeper Mrs Danvers to explore the house and grounds or to comprehend the past events that interfere with her present happiness are part of the novel's central struggle and its secret history The second Mrs de Winter's descriptions may be nuanced and leisurely occasionally painful in their innocence but every encounter each exploration brings us closer to the heart of the mystery of Rebecca and Manderley tooBeside the exemplary construction of the narrative the other things I liked most about the book were the detailed descriptions of Manderley the lingering power of the first two chapters the only two set in the present and the intriguingly ambiguous fate of the narrator of the novel the second Mrs de Winter the woman with no nameOne of the guilty pleasures of a good gothic is the description of a magnificent old house so precise and rich in detail that you can fantasize about how delightful or how scary living in such a mansion might be Manderly is a place that comes alive for the reader and it is particularly pleasant to have it described to us by a person who is experiencing it and attempting to master it for the first timeThe first chapter is justly famous for the narrator's account of a dream in which she returns to the now ruined Manderley estate Its description of overgrown nature reclaiming the martyred grandeur of Manderley is an expertly executed mood piece inaugurating the narrative as effectively as any opening passage in literature I do not exclude my favorites the first scene of Hamlet the first chapter of Bleak House and the description of the Sternwood mansion in the first pages of The Big Sleep Personally though I find the second chapter of the book even interesting It describes Maxim and the narrator who now calls the two of them happy as they live their life on the continent in a series of hotels But something about our narrator's description strikes me as inexpressibly sad the two of them sound to me like an affluent aging couple frittering their final years away on superficial pleasures and trivial pastimes Yet the wife the woman who is telling us this we find out later is now barely in her thirties Could this indeed be happiness This uestion continued to haunt me throughout my reading of the book and even now affects my shifting impressions of its themesI ask myself weeks after finishing this novel what is the narrator's fate Has she achieved a certain degree of happiness however modest having triumphed over the dominating Rebecca having gained the haunted Maxim for her own Has she merely accepted the empty social forms and dull routine that Rebecca whatever her sins might have been was fighting so furiously against Or is she happy the interpretation I currently flirt with because she in her passive aggressive way dominates Maxim in his reduced state thoroughly than Rebecca ever could Even so isn't such happiness inferior to the promise she once showed briefly when she believed she could still be mistress of Manderley after Rebecca's ghost had been exorcised before she learned their world had burned downI don't know the answers to these uestions and I must say I like it that way For me at least the novel will always be haunted by ambiguities and that is a good thing It is one of the reasons I find Rebecca such a rich rewarding work

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Alizes 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 Oh how I wish I could rewind the past month and start all over again Then I could pick up Rebecca and experience this breathtaking novel once as if for the first time Truth be told this wasn’t actually my first time reading this uintessential piece of classic gothic literature However I am ashamed to say that the number of years that have passed between my first reading and this recent one combined with what I like to call a lingering case of ‘momnesia’ effectively rendered this reading very much like a first time For that I am actually grateful because I completely immersed and surrendered myself to the beautiful writing of the remarkably talented Daphne du MaurierThe unnamed narrator is an inexperienced and insecure young woman with not much of a future to speak of – unless becoming a companion to an overbearing busybody by the name of Mrs Van Hopper could be called a promising prospect So when the handsome mysterious and wealthy Maxim de Winter seems to take an interest and offers a much enticing alternative – that of being his wife – what is a girl to do but accept The honeymoon at an end the newly married couple returns to Manderley Max de Winter’s estate Manderley itself is a major character in this novel I could sense it almost as a living breathing entity; the descriptions of this magnificent place were so masterfully crafted I felt as if I were sitting right there with Mrs de Winter as she approached Manderley for the first time Suddenly I saw a clearing in the dark drive ahead and a patch of sky and in a moment the dark trees had thinned the nameless shrubs had disappeared and on either side of us was a wall of colour blood red reaching far above our heads We were amongst the rhododendrons There was something bewildering even shocking about the suddenness of their discovery The woods had not prepared me for them They startled me with their crimson faces massed one upon the other in incredible profusion showing no leaf no twig nothing but the slaughterous red luscious and fantastic unlike any rhododendron plant I had seen before these were monsters rearing to the sky massed like a battalion too beautiful I thought too powerful; they were not plants at all Rhododendrons Red Rebecca She is everywhere The second Mrs de Winter the only name by which she will ever be identified had not expected the ceaseless competition from the deceased first Mrs de winter Rebecca Rebecca with a capital R written with such confidence a confidence that even transcends death She lingers in the morning room she lurks in the gallery she tarries in the cottage by the beach But most of all Rebecca dwells within the minds of everyone living in the West Country along the rugged coast of England Max de Winter becomes a brooding and aloof husband once back within the clutches of Manderley and Rebecca’s memory The new Mrs de Winter is tormented by her own fantasies of this formidable adversary Since the novel is cleverly written from the perspective of this naïve young woman the reader becomes intimate with the psychological turmoil she endures She is also subject to the criticism and malice of the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers Mrs Danvers worshiped Rebecca during her life and continues to do so even after her death I absolutely loved to hate this dark and intimidating woman Once I glanced up at her and once I met her eyes dark and somber in that white face of hers instilling into me I knew not why a strange feeling of disuiet of foreboding I tried to smile and could not; I found myself held by those eyes that had no light no flicker of sympathy towards meEvery single character is drawn skillfully and comes to life within the pages of this book The tension builds and one cannot help becoming entangled with the suspenseful buildup of events leading to the climax I was transported to another time and place and was perfectly mesmerized I can’t say much without getting into spoiler territory if you have not yet read this masterpiece Just grab a copy soon and experience this one – please This is the best of the best and is going on that very special bookshelf at home I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered and continued to suffer because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth This was what I had done I had built up false pictures in my mind and sat before them I had never had the courage to demand the truth

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Rebecca By Daphne du MauriLast 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 s ”Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley againThis is one of the famous lines in literature certainly it belongs in the same conversation as Call me Ishmael Even to people who have never read the book or seen the excellent movie by Alfred Hitchcock might have a glimmer of recognition at the mention of a place called Manderley Daphne du Maurier leased a place called Menabilly which became the basis for the fictional Manderley Aren’t we glad she changed the name Just say Manderley a few times and then say Menabilly a few times If you are like me you linger over the vowels and consonants of Manderley and with Menabilly you just want it off your tongue as uickly as possible Daphne du Maurier on the staircase at MenabillyThe narrator a young woman of 21 is never formally introduced to us She is a companion for an odious American woman named Mrs Van Hoppers They are in Monte Carlo and when Mrs Van Hoppers comes down with an illness inspired by boredom than by a virus or bacteria our narrator finds herself free to spend time with the widower Maximilian de Winter He is famous but his house Manderley is even famous Parties on a Gatsby scale beautiful landscaping and of course the architecture of a grand English estate have made Manderley a most coveted invitation Laurence Olivier as Maximilian de WinterAfter a whirlwind romance the dashing de Winter sweeps the impressionable young lady off her feet pries her loose from the services of Mrs Van Hoppers and marries her He is distant moody and yet charming like a father he is 42 than a husband but our young heroine is enad with the idea of being the mistress of Manderley Now she has a name Mrs de Winter and maybe to add a bit of obscurity to an already anemic personality du Maurier never shares her given name with us Daphne du Maurier and children at Menabilly the inspiration for ManderleyDaphne du Maurier comes from a famous family Her grandfather was the famous writer and Punch cartoonist George du Maurier Her father was a prominent stage manager named Sir Gerald du Maurier and her mother was the actress Muriel Beaumont Daphne had ”breeding brains and beauty”which is used in reference to the character Rebecca as well and luckily du Maurier chose to do with this trilogy of assets than the character Du Maurier married Lieutenant General Sir Frederick ‘Boy’ Browning whose exploits during Operation Market Garden were made into a film A Bridge too FarThe newly minted Mrs de Winter arrives at Manderley with nervous excitement She is well aware of her shortcomings She is too shy too young too trusting and though she is pretty she can not compete with the legendary Rebecca de Winter and her haunting beauty ”Rebecca always Rebecca Wherever I walked in Manderley wherever I sat even in my thought and in my dreams I met Rebecca I knew her figure now the long slim legs the small and narrow feet Her shoulders broader than mine the capable clever hands Hands that could steer a boat could hold a horse Hands that arranged flowers made the models of ships and wrote ‘Max from Rebecca’ on the fly leaf of a book I knew her face too small and oval the clear white skin the cloud of dark hair I knew the scent she wore I could guess her laughter and her smile If I heard it even among a thousand others I should recognise her voice Rebecca always Rebecca I should never be rid of Rebecca”Waiting for Mrs de Winter is the number one fan and torchbearer of Rebecca Mrs Danvers Despite the best efforts of our young lady she is fighting a losing battle trying to win over Mrs Danvers by being deferential Mrs Danvers is loyal to the ghostly presence of Rebecca even to the point of preserving her room and possessions as they were when she was alive The that the new Mrs de Winter concedes the less respect she feels she has to show to the new mistress of the house Mrs Danvers played by Judith Anderson and Mrs de Winter played by Joan Fontaine in the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock movie ”We stood there by the door staring at one another I could not take my eyes away from hers How dark and sombre they were in that white skull’s face of hers how malevolent how full of hatred”You will feel yourself wanting to cheer as our heroine begins to gain confidence and as she begins to grow into her role we see Mrs Danvers start to diminish and with her the haunting presence of Rebecca Of course just as things start to go right things start to go very wrong I was really surprised to learn that an edition of Rebecca was used as the key to a code book by the Germans during World War Two It is not believed that the book was ever used for passing information because a captured radio section made the Germans suspect that the book as a code had been compromised Ken Follett used this idea in his book The Key to Rebecca Other influences of possibly du Maurier’s most famous character creation show up in Stephen King’s Bag of Bones when Mrs Danvers is portrayed as the boogeyman Jasper Ffordes clones an army of Mrs Danvers in his Thursday Next series that sends a chill down the backs of the characters of those books There is much made of flowers and landscaping in this book The English do love their rose gardens and when my backyard is in full bloom it is without reservation that I can share how much pleasure looking at and moving among that bounty of blooms gives me ”No wild flowers came in the house at Manderley He had special cultivated flowers grown for the house alone in the walled garden A rose was one of the few flowers he said that looked better picked than growing A bowl of roses in a drawing room had a depth of colour and scent they had not possessed in the open There was something rather blowsy about roses in full bloom something shallow and raucous like women with untidy hair In the house they became mysterious and subtle” Daphne du MaurierYou will feel the building tension as du Maurier drops hints of something sinister surrounding the walls of Manderley For me the sign of a well written book is the fact that I was on the edge of my seat despite having watched the movie several times I was ensnared by the plot feeling the same anxiety for the characters that I would have if they had been living breathing creatures in my own sphere of the universe The character studies explored in this book have turned out to be an important addition to the hall of fame of literary characters You will not forget Mrs Danver’s spiteful insidious behavior or the tortured Heathcliffesue Maximilian de Winter or the numerous supporting cast that adds color and substance to the shadows of the plot If you like gothic romance with your cup of Earl Grey you will find this book an indispensable part of your library kept ready to hand for those days when you want to be swept away from a dreary sky and a rain splattered window ”The road to Manderley lay ahead There was no moon The sky above our heads was inky black But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all It was shot with crimson like a splash of blood And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea”Check out my book and movie reviews at