Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Book Review Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

I mentioned in my Instagram post last Sunday that I'd nearly finish this book, but I really didn't want it to end! It had been on my book shelf for a while, after my brilliant A-Level English Lit teacher recommended it to me. 

It's one of those 'classics' that readers have rated as a must read for any English literature lover, and now I can see why. It doesn't actually specify anywhere when it was set, but I'm guessing around 1938, when it was published (and, according to Google, it has never gone out of print since). The book begins in the form of a flashback - which was a little confusing for simple minds like me, but it all came together once you're past the first few chapters. 

In short, it's about a young woman (again, you never actually know her name) who meets a handsome and older Maxim de Winter, who proposes to her in a matter of days of meeting. It's described as a whirlwind romance, but once the honeymoon is over and they return to Manderley, she realises what she's married into. Maxim's dead wife, Rebecca, haunts the couple and is a constant reminder in the house. Then a ship runs aground and divers find a woman's body nearby...

From there on the story held me captive. I didn't expect that twist and the events that were to come, but once you discover the truth it all falls into place. The heroine, who is only referred to as Mrs de Winter, did slightly irritate me. Mainly because of her dependence on her husband and everyone else, and that once finding out the truth she just fixates on the fact that her husband loves her and totally misses the immorality that is screaming out at her. I think it's the independent and girl-power coming out in me! One thing I will praise is the attention to detail in the book. I love long descriptions full of metaphors and similies, as it can really immerse you into the book. 

Overall, I would put it in my top ten, not my top five (post on that coming soon!), but it is a classic book that I would pick up again. You don't see what's coming and the twists and descriptions are what I enjoyed the most. 

Have you guys read this book before? What's one of your favourite classics?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

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