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Rebecca

In My Book Club Books on June 12, 2014 at 4:45 am

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 by Daphne du Maurier

Classic Romantic Suspense Novel/©1938

Book Club Date: June 9, 2014

Publisher Summary (Goodreads):

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.

Book Club Discussion:

Our lively discussion started off with all of us commenting on what a wimp the second wife was. Of course, that reflected the era as well as being critical to the plot so the story could unfold the way it did, but it was still maddening to the strong confident women who comprise our book club. Once we finished our spirited comments about her, we continued with the questions in the following link to guide the rest of our discussion. Our attention centered on particular characters and scenes. In addition to the second Mrs. de Winter, we also had a lot to say about Rebecca, of course, and Maxim. We fully appreciated how the author slowly and carefully revealed details about both. Mrs. Danforth was another character that caught our interest, mostly because she was just so sinister and mean in her actions. As we continued our discussion, we discovered that two of us had selected an edition that included an Author’s Note and “The Rebecca Epilogue”, which provided additional information including the original ending to the book. That brought a whole new level to our discussion.

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Book Club Rating: 4/5 Stars –

Overall it was a very satisfying read with a suspenseful plot and interesting characters.

Personal Note: After reading the book, I highly recommend viewing the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock production of Rebecca. There were a few changes to the book (most likely because of the industry standards at the time), but overall it was amazingly true to the author’s intent.

Discussion Questions:

http://www.loveismurder.net/AbouttheConference/RebeccaBookDiscussion/tabid/144/Default.aspx

More Detailed Review:

http://robertarood.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/no-one-got-the-better-of-her-never-never-discussing-daphne-du-mauriers-rebecca/

Book Club Menu for Rebecca

(hosted by Kathy and reminiscent of the English seaside setting)

Summer Salad with Strawberries

Lemon Shrimp and Rice Pilaf with Summer Vegetables

Strawberry Shortcake

 

 

 

 

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