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 Post subject: Book Club: Rebecca
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:37 pm 
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Hello everyone. I'm back!!
Rebecca has to be near the top of my all time favourite books. I get goose bumps reading it even now. I would like your opinion on the following.

1. Rebecca had through her lies etc. made her husband shoot her (suicide by proxy!!). But do her actions justify Maxim de Winter's actions. Surely, murder is murder no matter what. Should he have got away with it?

2. We never find out the name of the second Mrs de Winter. Does that add to the feeling that she is not as significant as Rebecca?


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 Post subject: Re: Book Club: Rebecca
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:53 pm 
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Just going to give it a quick re-read. Read it so many times I could quote it!

Have you read the "sequel"?


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 Post subject: Re: Book Club: Rebecca
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:03 pm 
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No, I haven't read the "sequel". Is it any good?


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 Post subject: Re: Book Club: Rebecca
PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:34 am 
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I adored Rebecca, and Jamaica Inn (and Don't Look Now).
Thought it very clever that, yes, we don't know the girl's name and that the book is named after someone who is dead. Very powerful stuff. Still get the chills remembering Anna Massey as Mrs Danvers, staring down from an upstairs window. (an ancient TV adaptation)


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 Post subject: Re: Book Club: Rebecca
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:45 am 
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Milla wrote:
I adored Rebecca, and Jamaica Inn (and Don't Look Now).
Thought it very clever that, yes, we don't know the girl's name and that the book is named after someone who is dead. Very powerful stuff. Still get the chills remembering Anna Massey as Mrs Danvers, staring down from an upstairs window. (an ancient TV adaptation)


I really liked the 1940s Hitchcock film. Very atmospheric!

To answer Q2, most definitely. Every part of her life is taken over by Rebecca to the point where (if my memory serves me correctly) she even ends up wearing her ballgown, even if that was the result of an evil ruse by Mrs Danvers. The fact that the second wife isn't given a first name is a constant reminder to the reader of just how completely the first Mrs De Winter, despite being dead, seems to dominate her life.

I'm afraid I can't answer Q1 right now as it will involve too much soul-searching. :wink:

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