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

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
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Published December 17th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published August 1938)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, book-to-film
”Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again".

This is one of the more famous lines in literature certainly it belongs in the same conversation as Call me Ishmael. Even to people who have never read the book or seen the excellent movie by Alfred Hitchcock might have a glimmer of recognition at the mention of a place called Manderley. Daphne du Maurier leased a place called Menabilly which became the basis for the fictional Manderley. Aren’t we glad she changed the name? Just say Manderley a few
Well…this is awkward.

So, most of my friends love this book. Naturally, I wanted to as well. I blame the herd mentality.


Did I love this book? At times, yes. Did I also loathe this book? At times, yes. It’s made deciding on a rating a much more daunting task than I normally face. After reflecting on it for some time, and re-reading my f-bomb laden notes, I’m going with two stars, because as a whole, I did not enjoy this.

While I greatly detested some aspects, I can still recognize gorgeou
This is it. THE delicious, curl up next to the fire under a blanket with tea book. THE windowsill on a rainy day with your pet book. THE stay up all night book. A chill goes down your spine (but in a good way!) while reading it. It is a masterpiece of gothic literature, the inheritor of the tradition of novels like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. I'd call it the 20th Century Jane Eyre, actually, with a modernist twist. It is written so that the characters and events come to seem quite believabl ...more
This has to be one of the best and most complete books I have ever read. Each element - plot, characters, twists, suspense, climax - all of it, perfect! If I had one criticism, it might be a slightly slow start, but with the awesome payoff, that is hardly worth mentioning.

The plot - I have to be honest, I judged a book by its cover and title. I thought, okay, "Rebecca", an elegant woman, a curly font, probably another cheesy classic romance. I'll read it because it is one you are supposed to rea
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I struggled my way through the first half of this book despite really enjoying the writing style. To be honest it feels like nothing really happens in the first half and we're only given these very vague details to go off of, which is probably why I felt such a strong impact with the big reveals in the later half. I'll admit that I'm not sure if the pay off was worth it for me, but I still enjoyed different parts of the story none the less. I'm looking forward to watching the netflix adaptation ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bump! Bump! Bump! Yes, I’m hitting my thick head to the wall for waiting for so long to read this masterpiece!

Two weeks ago I was so determined to start this book but then I decided I wasn’t mentally prepared to read something so intense! So I read a few romance, fantasy books.

But last night, as my husband was watching reruns of sport shows and my besties kept sending me texts to suggest me watch Massimo’s 365 days long adventures on Netflix, I moved to the bedroom,closing the curtains, openin
Bill Kerwin
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, gothic, fiction

A woman, a man, another woman's shadow; a landscape, a house, a hidden history. These six elements have informed the gothic impulse from Udolpho and Jane Eyre to The Thirteenth Tale. Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is crucial to the genre, for in it du Maurier simplified and organized these six elements, refining the narrative, concentrating the mythic, and enriching the ambiguity of her tale.

What du Maurier understood is that the heart of the romantic gothic is the struggle between two women, one w
Elyse  Walters
I went in completely 100% blind!!! Blind trust was all I needed, from trusted friends, but it took me forever to make this book a priority. I had 'Rebecca' downloaded on my Kindle since 2014. How foolish I was to wait.

There are 313, 907 ratings.... and 13, 947 reviews, on Goodreads, ... with an overall rating of 4.2 Ratings like that SPEAK! It's not a hype either!!

"Rebecca" is the most enduring classic of Love and Evil I've ever read.

Mystery, gothic thriller, drama, secrets, crime, suspense, s
Oh, how I wish I could rewind the past month and start all over again! Then I could pick up Rebecca and experience this breathtaking novel once more as if for the first time. Truth be told, this wasn’t actually my first time reading this quintessential piece of classic gothic literature. However, I am ashamed to say that the number of years that have passed between my first reading and this recent one, combined with what I like to call a lingering case of ‘momnesia’, effectively rendered this re ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Manderley and I had a much more successful visit this time around, as compared to the first time I read this book several years ago. Here's the key: This is not a romance novel. It's a psychological suspense novel. As I reread Rebecca with this in mind, I had a much greater appreciation for its artistry, the way Daphne du Maurier skillfully used words to create a mood and increase the suspense.
We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still close to us. The things we have tri
Emily May
Rebecca is just a great story that never gets old. Great characters, great writing... it remains one of my all time favourites and I seem to appreciate something new every time I return to it.
Ahmad Sharabiani
603. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)

Rebecca is a thriller novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier. Publication date: 1938.

While working as the companion to a rich American woman on holiday in Monte Carlo, the unnamed narrator, a naïve young woman in her early 20s, becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, George Fortescue Maximilian "Maxim" de Winter, a 42-year-old widower.

After a fortnight of courtship, she agrees to marry him and, after the wedding and honeymoon, accompani
Lucy Langford
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I reread this in the anticipation for the new film adaptation of Rebecca. I love the Alfred Hitchcock one so I am weary of if the new Netflix adaptation will do the book justice.
This was an amazing reread- I only wish I could experience this reading it for the first time again!

Original review:
This story was so enthralling and unputdownable that it deserves much more than five stars!

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again..." one of the more famous first lines from literature. This
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
5 stars to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. I loved it and probably consider it 4 1/2 stars just because of a few small items (but I can't not give it 5 here!).

The second wife of a wealthy widower (you'll never know her name) tries to figure out how to fit into her new family when it seems there's now way how. With many twists and turns, both suspense and a bit of romance, this story captures your attention immediately and takes you on a path of great intrigue. Just when you think you've fi
'Rebecca' is a classic gothic novel that had been hanging out on my TBR list for years. For whatever reason, I had never made it to this highly acclaimed book. In a bit of a reading rut, I decided to tackle it to change things up a bit. Man, am I ever glad that I did! This book was great!

I went in to this book blind, knowing only that it was a classic. I didn't have any idea of what I was in for, but I anticipated some sort of sweet and innocent love story like the Bronte sisters are known for.
As far as Spooky Scary Suspense books go, this is a B-, but in terms of HGTV novelizations this is the best in the business.

(What’s that glowing on the horizon? Oh, it’s the pitchfork-toting angry mob ready to burn me at the stake for comparing this masterpiece of fiction to a television channel about what happens when you subject real estate agents to couples six months away from divorcing who seem unable to understand how money relates to the acquisition of residences.)

What I’m saying is: for
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, hello there. It's officially been two months since I actually finished a book, and it's been longer than that since I reviewed one. I almost forgot what it feels like to come to the last page of a book, read it, exhale slowly, and put the book down gently with that small spark of accomplishment raging deep inside you. Plus, the whole post-book sandwich thing that I've mentioned somewhere before and, again, may not be a real thing.

So, Rebecca... wow. It took me a month to read it because I
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of classics
Recommended to Tatiana by: Hannahr, Ryan
10 years later...

Hmm, not that wild about it now.

1) The romance took a huge plunge for me. Rebecca is where it's at, she is the most interesting character, Amy Dunne of 1930s. The narrator is a wet blanket, and Max - an aging criminal. BTW, Rochester>Max de Winter, and a lesser criminal. Plus Jane Eyre had some back bone.

2) I forgot how much of this book was devoted to the inquiry into Rebecca's death = not really interested.

3) Could have done without the blackface and calling a handicapped ma
Bionic Jean
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

This beautiful first line is instantly recognisable, and has passed into our culture. Like all great openings it captures our imagination and makes us want to read more. The rhythm is insistent, the mention of dreams intrigues us and the word "Manderley" echoes somewhere in our subconscious. We are already in danger of falling under Daphne Du Maurier's hypnotic spell.

Generally regarded as Daphne du Maurier's masterpiece, Rebecca has never been out
Arlene Sanders
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews

REBECCA is my favorite book of all time -- bar none.

The opening line is famous, but I didn’t know that the first time I read it (I was about 14). I just remember that the magic began with that first line:

Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderly again....

The girl is young, clumsy, exquisitely sensitive. Impoverished and alone after her father’s death, she was employed by a wealthy and boorish social climber, Mrs. Van Hopper, and made her living as the older woman’s companion.

Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Paula by: Bookclub
One of the best books I have ever read!

This timeless classic is a masterpiece of mystery, romance, and suspense. A gothic tale of good versus evil.


5 out of 5 stars
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gothic suspense and so much more - a beautifully written book!
Luca Ambrosino
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English (Rebecca) / Italiano

«Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again»
Manderley, an estate located in southern England, is the absolute protagonist of this novel. Owned by the rich widower Maxim De Winter, it is a place known across England, especially thanks to his first wife Rebecca, now deceased. During her married life, in fact, Rebecca turned Manderly into a center of social life and entertainment. A place on everyone's lips.

But now Rebecca is gone, died in a shipwreck, and this tragic

May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘rebecca’ is a deliciously haunting and romantically gothic ghost story. but this isnt just any ghost story. its also a young ladys journey of self-actualization and identity, all while plagued by the lingering presence of a dead woman. its a psychological thriller and one that has rightfully stood the test of time.

the strength of this novel is definitely in the atmospheric writing. the storytelling has just the right balance of mood, darkness, and mystery. the pacing is great and the prose is g
Part 3 of Sofia's Plan: Rebecca

In case you haven't already heard of my nefarious scheme, here's a recap:

I have developed a plan to gain more brain cells by reading classic literature. If successful, I will be an intellectual by next year. Wish me luck!


Rebecca is a masterpiece.

It's atmospheric, dark, mysterious--everything I need in a novel. It's wonderfully fresh and inventive, as well.

This book is about an unnamed woman who meets a widower named Maxim de Winter and agrees to marry him afte
First 5* of 2019.

There are so many reviews about this one that I have no idea what to write. I will just say that I regret not having read it earlier. I had it in my shortlist for about 3 years and for different reasons I kept postponing to start this dark and wonderful gothic mystery. Don't be like me! Read it now!
Kimber Silver
"It wouldn't make for sanity would it, living with the devil."
― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

From the moment I began this enigmatic story, I felt as if I were a naughty houseguest who had slipped into a closed room to peek at someone’s diary. It was wicked and forbidden, so of course, I couldn’t pull myself away. Glancing over my shoulder to make sure I hadn’t been found out, I wrapped myself up in the beautiful prose and fell in love with the widower Maxim de Winter and his young miss, the nar
I dread reading classics. Those boring uneventful prestigious novels that well I feel -as someone with a reputation of reading a lot- should have definitely read them. I hate reading books I’m supposed to read. Why is it difficult for me to read a novel that has been published before I was born? Books like Gone with the Wind, War and Peace, a Tale of Two Cities have been sitting on my shelves for years. Accumulating dust. I cannot bring myself to read beyond the first page.

Yet, every once in a
If I found myself in Interstellar's tesseract by a quirk of fate, then chances are I might leave a coded message for my younger self to read Rebecca asap. Since my ill-informed, younger self was not put off by cloyingly sentimental narrators who make the experience of 'tell don't show' all the more grating or the gender politics underpinning a work, her reaction to the book would have been more in tune with the multitude of gushing reviews on GR and elsewhere.
My heart, for all its anxiety and
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Oh my... how I fell in love with this classic novel, I adored the main protagonist and felt she was fully developed as a character. Her constant ruminations and daydreams really set the tone it's a real trip getting to be inside her head with all her naive neurotic thoughts, which often get carried away and make for a compelling read.
It follows the main (unnamed) character when she moves to Manderley with her new husband, from the beginning she is aware that she lives in the shadow of the former
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