Generally I disagree with 90% of Booktubers opinions, however there are times when the majority of these YouTube critics actually praise something so much that I check out the book and understand why they like it so much. Rebecca is one of those books.
What can I say about this book? Daphne Du Maurier’s most famous novels needs a couple of books to dissect it properly! but here’s my meagre review.
An unnamed narrator is whisked away from her holiday as a companion by the recently widowed Maxim deWinter to his worldly mansion, Manderley. The problem is that the aura of his previous wife Rebecca still is present. This leads the narrator to believe that Rebecca was a superior human being and that she is just second place. Later on in the book we readers discover that things are not as they seem.
That’s the simple summary but oter questions arise. Like is Manderley a character in the novel? A LOT of importance is given to this house so it plays a central role in the novel.
Are the narrator and Rebecca alike?
Is Rebecca’s influence beyond the grave?
There are other inter-textual nuances: the color red, the question of male superiority? the ethics of certain actions? and more. This is a rich novel which requires more than one reading to grasp all the hidden meanings.
I can praise Rebecca in other ways. Du Maurier’s cinematic writing style has a contemporary feel, this novel could have been written last year instead of 1938. Out of the four protagonists: The narrator, Maxim, Rebecca and the house , two are not even living and Du Maurier makes them alive. Not to mention the secondary characters, who are believably written and merit importance as well.
Without hyperbole I can safely say that Rebecca is a classic to end them all