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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  397,732 ratings  ·  19,859 reviews
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: book-to-film, gothic
”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
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Kelly
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
Navessa
Well…this is awkward.



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

Baaah.

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
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Bill  Kerwin
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, novels, 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
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Matthew
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
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Elyse Walters
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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James
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!).

Story
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 figu
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Candace
'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.
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Candi
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
Lucy Langford
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5*****
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 book follows our unnamed heroine as she travels from Monte Carlo to Manderley and immerses herself in the lives of Maxim de Winter and the ghosts from his past.

This was gripping from start to finish. You find yourself so drawn into our unnamed narrator, her emotions, her turbulences, that you
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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
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Justin
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
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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

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Arlene Sanders
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews
HERE IS MY HEART...


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.

Ma
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jessica
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
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Paula Kalin
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.

Breathtaking!

5 out of 5 stars
Adina
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!
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.
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
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PattyMacDotComma
5★
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. . . Nature had come into her own again and, little by little, in her stealthy, insidious way had encroached upon the drive with long, tenacious fingers. The woods, always a menace even in the past, had triumphed in the end.”


Those first few words are one of the most well-known opening phrases in English literature. In her dream, our narrator is remembering the long, serpentine drive, not when it was beautiful and alive with flowers, but at another
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Madeline
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
Rebecca is the story of a young woman (her first name is never given) who marries wealthy Maxim de Winter, mostly to escape her life as a companion to a rich American woman. She moves with her new husband to his estate, Manderly, where she learns about her husband's previous wife, Rebecca. Although Rebecca drowned in the ocean near the house over a year ago, the house is still full of her prescence. Her old room is cleaned daily, and is left exactly the way i
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Tatiana
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of classics
Recommended to Tatiana by: Hannahr, Ryan
Books like Rebecca remind me from time to time what quality literature really is. Sometimes I forget, buried under stacks of entertaining but often poorly written popular fiction.

At first, Rebecca is very reminiscent of another favorite book of mine - Jane Eyre. The main character is a young, innocent, poor girl who falls in love with a rich older man. The happiness is so near, but the shadow of the man's first wife stands in the way of it. A family secret, a haunted mansion, a deranged servant
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Samra Yusuf
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some people expend tremendous energy to be normal, their inner voices are so deafening to hear the outer world, their thoughts are preoccupied and hearts laden with lunacy, weaving far-fetched stories about things that never happened, dreading the callousness of the day that will never come, desperately trying to hold on things that were never theirs to begin with, their heads, a battlefield of the debate of “to be, or not to be”….and their life? Ahh! A misery….
As I was reading this deservingly
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Felicia
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an absorbing experience! A true gothic romance, it's one of those books you just fall into and luxuriate. The tension in it is almost physical, smothering at times. It builds and builds so painfully perfect, I was sure my chest would explode before I got to the end. Never before have I come across a book that never tells you the main characters age...what she looks like...her backstory... NOT EVEN HER FRIGGIN NAME! But because of the exquisite prose you get to know her so intimately, I ...more
Matt
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
- the opening lines of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca

As a reader, there’s nothing so thrilling as the joy of discovery. Of happening upon a book you’ve never heard of, reading it, and absolutely loving it. And then going out and telling ten other people about the incredible experience. That happened to me upon reading Rebecca.

To be sure, I didn't exactly “discover” Daphne du Maurier's classic any more than Columbus discovered America. After all, it w
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
WOW LOOK I WROTE A REVIEW!

Well, this is a book I’m still thinking about a month later, so I rode this weekend’s wave of motivation to finally write the review this book deserves. Also, since writing this I went ahead and upped my rating to a 5 Stars because sometimes I don’t know what I’m talking about immediately after finishing a book.

Rebecca is generally considered a Gothic Romance/Mystery novel, but I think it’d be an injustice to the story not to acknowledge its Horror & Suspense chara
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Samadrita
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 d
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Vanessa
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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Henry Avila
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manderley... a mist on the hill, an unreal mansion, dark, threatening, unfathomable, unreachable, a thing that can not exist, only seen through a dream, a mirage, that will pass into the night, and float into nothingness, a nightmarish, chilling legend, that will continue, but the reality never discovered, for a myth has no answers just questions...Maximilian (Maxim) de Winter is a sad English widower, at 42, living an aimless life, traveling to forget, but can't, staying in a Monte Carlo hotel, ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
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So, how many times have you read Rebecca? Once, twice or no longer remember the numbers like me!! What!!! You have never read it!!!!! If there is one book that one has to read, this is the one. First published in April 1938, photo DaphneDuMaurier_Rebecca_first_zps89a85d5b.jpg (it has never been out of print) it still remains an amazing and “current” read today, which grabs you one of the most famous and memorable sentences ever written.
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The padlocked gate photo images1_zps292435a5.jpg opens and you follow the long drive when you suddenly – Manderley……..a silent and dark hou
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If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.

In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a fami
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