Name of the Book: Rebecca

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Publisher: Avon Books


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

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Do things always exist as they seem to be? What makes someone loved? What brings out hate?rebecca11

This is where the young and naive protagonist of the story finds herself when she meets and marries Mr.Maxim de winter, a rich handsome widower from Manderley.

Very soon she realizes that her husband’s mansion is living only in the memories of its old mistress the beautiful Rebecca, a young woman who charmed everything and everyone with her beauty and exquisite manners. The servants, butlers and even the pets live as if they are waiting for their mistress to return. The friends and relatives have only one name and one topic to speak of, Rebecca.

At one time, the new wife of Mr. de winter is convinced that she can never replace Rebecca or please anyone or get any love from her husband who was living with this aesthetically pleasing woman a year ago. She is now feared of Rebecca who has cast a spell on everyone, including herself. As she tries to come out of the shadows of Rebecca she unveils many truths and secrets hidden deep inside the hearts of the people and the mansion.

The book begins after Rebecca’s life. The new Mrs. de Winter can only know Rebecca from the memories of people living around her. Du Maurier delicately makes this picture in the readers minds. Suspense, thriller, romance all are beautifully packed and ingeniously narrated in this vintage novel. It makes the reader float through the high and low tides of emotions. Though this book was written in 1930’s but it is easy read. I loved reading this book and want to re-read it again.

Book Details:

Title: Rebecca

Edition: Paperback

Language: English

ISBN 13 : 9780316323703

No. of Pages: 448

Publish Date: December 17th 2013, (first published 1938)

Price: 233 Rs

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