Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Book Review)
12/10/2011 § 3 Comments
Rebecca is the story of a young girl’s transformation from lowly companion of an insufferable Lady to wife of Maximillian De Winter and mistress of Manderly, a grand coastal estate. Far from a rags to riches romance this brooding gothic tale centres upon a naïve girl haunted by the memory of her recently deceased predecessor, the interminable Rebecca. Du Maurier draws upon Bronte to create an eerie and quietly brilliant landscape polluted with paranoia and self doubt. Likeable characters may be kept in the background but the heavily flawed antiheroes simply make the novel all the more enticing.
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It’s a shame that this book is touted as a modern day version of Jane Eyre. The similarities are superficial at best, and Bronte’s classic is a far superior work.
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I agree that it’s a bit much to describe ‘Rebecca’ as a more modern ‘version’ of Jane Eyre, as they are indeed very different novels. But in my opinion there are enough similiarities in the premise and tone of the story to suppose that Du Maurier draw upon Bronte for inspiration. I think they are both fantastic in their own right, however, and although ‘Jane Eyre’ has recieved more critical acclaim I think the enduring popularity of ‘Rebecca’ is well earned.