Now I will admit I am one of those people that struggle with classics. It’s just a different way of reading that some of us aren’t used to. Through and through I am a fantasy reader and always have been. But it’s time to branch out. Contemporary was a genre I steered away from and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoy reading them, a 2018 discovery. So! Next up is: Read More Classics.
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
Author: Daphne du Marier
Page Count: 272 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Release Date: August 7, 2017
On a trip to the South of France, the shy heroine of Rebecca falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower. Although his proposal comes as a surprise, she happily agrees to marry him. But as they arrive at her husband’s home, Manderley, a change comes over Maxim, and the young bride is filled with dread. Friendless in the isolated mansion, she realises that she barely knows him. In every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca, and the new Mrs de Winter walks in her shadow.
I’ve decided to start my 2019 Read More Classics early with Rebecca. A dear friend recommended I read Rebecca because she knows I love books set in the moors and after mentioning my love for Jane Eyre she immediately said to me “you have to read Rebecca by Daphne du Maruier”. I had never heard of her and just with everything you suddenly find out about I started seeing her name and adaptations of her work pop by here and there. Netflix recently had a new adaptation of her book Jamaica Inn show up and I binge watched it in a day. I mean… is there any other way to watch Netflix shows after all? I was hooked! Du Maurier’s settings are everything I want. So I decided to finally grab Rebecca.
It’s quite a pleasant surprise to find myself reading a Classic and think to myself “okay just one more chapter”. I could not put this book down! The setting was absolutely amazing, my inner goth was devouring it. The characters were extremely complicated and layered, which I loved. I always say Jane Eyre is my favourite classic but I think Rebecca has soared above. There was just something so gripping about du Maurier’s writing. From start to finish I was hooked.
There’s something about this book that was more than just a love story, in fact the love story isn’t a big factor at all. I believe this book to be at the forefront about OBSESSION. Delving into the intricacies of obsession is not easy but the author dissects it flawlessly.
Can’t wait to read more of du Maurier’s work!