Saucy Saturday: Rebecca, Rebecca, Rebecca

August 1, 2009 at 7:16 am 4 comments

“He doesn’t love me, he loves Rebecca,” I said. “He’s never forgotten her, he thinks about her still, night and day. He’s never loved me, Frank. It’s always Rebecca, Rebecca, Rebecca.”

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is generally acknowledged to be one of the great classics of modern literature and I have never been happier to agree with such a designation. For those of you who know me, I tend to avoid and dislike things written anytime after 1910, so it was a great thrill to discover this thoroughly amazing book.

For those of you who are unaware, Rebecca tells the story of the second Mrs. de Winter (the unnamed narrator). After a speedy courtship, she marries recently widowed Maxim de Winter, former husband of the titular Rebecca and owner of the beautiful English estate of Manderley. While the second Mrs. de Winter loves Maxim dearly, her happiness is thwarted by memories of Rebecca around every corner of Manderley and the nefarious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who psychotically loves Rebecca and hates the new Mrs. de Winter.

To put it utterly frankly, this book is damn good. I got completely sucked into it and spent an entire evening gorging myself on it and then ended up finishing it. It is undeniably a book to sit down with, immerse yourself in and stay in on Saturday night to read! The plot continually gets better and more interesting the closer you get the end, the writing is flawless, and the second Mrs. de Winter is deeply relatable with her near-constant social faux pas and shyness.

People have praised Rebecca practically since its publication, so I think there isn’t a whole lot more I can say about how truly good it is. What I will say that du Maurier proves to be one of those rare writing beings who can more aptly and more beautifully sum up an emotion or moment than I could ever hope to. It is always a delight to discover these kind of writers (see Margaret Atwood, to name just one) and it is part of what made Rebecca so wonderful. If you have not read this book, it is a genuine “must read” and, for those of you who have, I think it is also worthy of a reread.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim  |  August 1, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Aw, yay! I just bought a copy of this when Katie and I went to Ventura. I can’t wait to read it! =]

    • 2. Corey  |  August 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm

      Oh my god, read it immediately! It is just that good! (Of course, now I may have built it up and ruined how good it is by saying so…if so, my apologies!)

      • 3. KT  |  August 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm

        Amy built it up for me and it was still better than I had imagined. :D

  • 4. Kim  |  August 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I was thinking of saving it for the plane ride back to Buffalo, but maybe I -will- read it sooner! =]


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