Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

Another classic on the line, but it’s a lot easier than Wuthering Heights, because the setting and language are in 1900s. It took me a loooong time to finish the book. One reason is I think because I read the book in snippets and not in a big chunk. I had little time to just sit down and read since I was in transitions of many things in life.

Second reason, I think the book is just slow. The beginning was slow, and for me the pace didn’t really pick up until 3/4 of the book. The main character is rather dull (like what she said about herself several times). She daydreams a lot and her monosyllables replies to people are just dull. Interestingly, she’s never named throughout the entire book.

I also thought the secrets weren’t interesting enough. So someone died. Of course she didn’t die naturally. There’s little else apart from that main secret. Just thought I kinda saw how the end coming.

I’d like to watch the 1940 movie by Alfred Hitchcock. I’ll update here again once I do that.

** Update 18 Sep 08 **

Watched the black and white movie. Was pretty good. Mrs Danvers was almost exactly how I pictured her. Not so much with Maxim or Favell. Nice scenery, nice castle. My bf liked it too (he hasn’t read the book).

Pages: 380
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

First line
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Last line
And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” ~ p6

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