"Rebecca"

Monday, February 18, 2019
"'If only there could be an invention," I said impulsively, "that bottled up a memory, like scent.  And it never faded, and it never got stale.  And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again' (du Maurier, 2008, p. 39)


Rebecca is beautifully written from cover to cover.  A gothic novel, the story of romance is laced with the sinister, horror, and tragedy.  It is easy to imagine yourself walking with the nameless narrator through the gardens of Manderley, as well as along the rocky cliffs near the shore.  The creepy Mrs. Danvers is eerie in the way she slinks behind curtains, leaving the impression that she could be watching the second Mrs. de Winter's every move, preserving corridors of the east wing of Manderley as if the dead were still among the living.  The novel takes twists and turns quite unexpected, and in places is hard to put down.  A tale of jealousy and obsession that is oddly rewarded in the end, I would highly recommend curling up with it on one of these rainy winter evenings!  It also sparked an interesting discussion at book-club!  Definitely one to add to your list on Goodreads!  I was surprised I hadn't read it when studying English literature in college!

Work Cited:
Maurier, D. D. (2008). Rebecca. New York: Harpercollins. 

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