Rebecca

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Rebecca, a novel by Daphne Du Maurier was written in 1938.  It sold over 3 million copies between its publication and 1965.  It has never gone out of print.  It is a classic gothic novel that won the Anthony Award for the Best Novel of the Century. 

 I read it when I was a teenager.

The topic was brought up at our book club meeting to read this book and then follow it with the sequel, Rebecca’s Tale.  Of course, this interested me.  I started the sequel and realized that I did not remember much of the original book.  Thus, I got the audio of Rebecca.  In a word……it is superb.  The language is beautiful, the phrasing and the descriptions are mesmerizing.  The audio voices were perfect.  Needless to say, I could not stop listening.  I am on to the sequel and will review that at a later date.

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”. With these words, we are transported to a bygone time in a magnificent estate set somewhere in England.  The characters are riveting….from Maxim, Rebecca, Mrs. Danvers, Jack Favell, Mr. Cawley, Beatrice and Colonel Julian.

Read or listen…..you won’t be disappointed.

"The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave. Amazon