Friday, March 8, 2013

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - Book Review


I am not much of a fan of Agatha Christie and have only read few of her novels. ( Do I see a lot of raised eyebrows?) Anyway in my opinion you will enjoy this book immensely if you are a Agatha Christie fan. A mysterious and intriguing story woven around Rebecca who was the first wife of Maxmillan de Winters who lives on Manderley.

And I have been itching to write this review ever since the moment I turned the last page. But a hectic work schedule and sick baby plotted against the plan. So here I am typing out this review  in office when I should have been on my way to a team outing at Club Cabana in the outskirts of Bangalore. Today I prefer to get home asap and see to my ailing daughter than be anywhere else. 

Rebecca, the first wife of Max de Winters dies in a sailing accident and Mr de Winters has been moody and depressed ever since her death. He meets the protagonist during his travel to Monte Carlo, marries her and takes her back to Manderley. At Manderley, she finds that Manderley is still run the way it was run before the death of Rebecca and Mrs Danvers, the housekeeper sees that it is so. The protagonist finds Rebecca's influence in everything around here and there seems to be hardly anything that she can change including her husband's melancholic attitude .Did Mr de Winters marry her just to overcome the loneliness after Rebecca's death?

My Thoughts

This is an absolute gem and a must read. Period. I have no words to describe the way Daphne du Maurier unfolds the mystery surrounding Rebecca, the innocence of the unnamed protagonist, the character of Mrs Danvers etc.

One other reason to read the book is for the awesome writing.I almost cried reading the below words.

Spolier Alert:  The way Daphne du Maurier is able to express the anguish of a woman who doubts that she is not loved by her husband.
“I could fight with the living but I could not fight the dead. If there was some woman in London that Maxim loved, someone he wrote to, visited, dined with, slept with, I could fight her. We would stand on common ground. I should not be afraid. Anger and jealousy were things that could be conquered. One day the woman would grow old or tired or different, and Maxim would not love her anymore. But Rebecca would never grow old. Rebecca would always be the same. And she and I could not fight. She was to strong for me.” 
Verdict: Highly Highly Recommended

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