Saga Saturday IV


Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

The unnamed narrator, a naïve young woman in her early 20s, becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, Maximilian (Maxim) de Winter, a widower aged 42. After a fortnight of courtship, she agrees to marry him and, after the wedding and honeymoon, accompanies him to his mansion in Cornwall, the beautiful West Country estate Manderley.

The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she started a new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. In every corner and room of the isolated gray stone mansion were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten.
An eerie past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants.
Sinyard_Rebecca_Danvers-e1361723009755A ghostly aura silhouettes her heart, as the second Mrs. de Winter walks in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor. She lives cautiously, yet compelled to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife; the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

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And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea”

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Have you read Rebecca, or any other such hauntingly mysterious books?


25 thoughts on “Saga Saturday IV

  1. One of my most favourites. Stayed up till 4am to read it! “I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”
    Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

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  2. I haven’t but the opening line is famous. I think it’s in my father’s library. I kept his books “separate”. I know it was there, my parents liked Du Maurier a lot (as han Suyin and many others of that time). I will have a look. Thanks for reminding me.

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  3. I love her books–none has disappointed. Rebecca is a true thriller. I even enjoyed the movie and PBS versions. As much as I loved Rebecca, the King’s General is my all-time favorite. I’m still gasping, still in love with that rouge, Richard Grenville.

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  4. One of the most memorable of opening lines…and paragraphs. If you like old movies, there’s an excellent “Rebecca” with Sir Laurence Olivier as Maxim. Won Best Picture Oscar in 1940, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Also 10 other Oscar nominations.

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