Friday, May 25, 2012
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Oh. My. Word. This book is so CONFUSING!!! And frustrating! I was assigned this book to read in English, and I have to admit, I did not enjoy reading it at all. But the super strange thing is that once I finished it, and waited a couple weeks, I missed it. It really is a good book actually. This is definitely a classic because all classics to me are good books but are really hard to understand until you really think about them.
One of the really annoying parts of this book is that the author never gave the main character a name. She is always called "The Second Mrs. de Winter", and it's just really... odd. My insane English teacher stated that the author did that so that the main character would be overshadowed by Rebecca (Mr. de Winter's deceased first wife). And I promise you that if you read this book, you'll just see it as a lucky girl who is obsessed with the dead. And guess what?! That's pretty much accurate, but it's more of a deep loathing obsession than a fan-girl obsession.
I don't have a lot of patience for mysteries, but since I was forced to read this one, I had to finish it. May I add that this book world is pretty creepy. When you really think about it, a beautiful mansion in London seems very charming, but add that to all the sketchy stuff going on at Manderley and a creepy maid, it just appears in your mind as freaky. And you can't shake that feeling that something sinister is going on at that that place. And the mystery is pretty great too, but a smidge weak in my eyes.
ALSO- Check out what this author looked like, I think she's pretty cool. 1920's maybe? Yep, that's a classic!
Plot: 2.5/5 stars Cover: .5/5 stars -Katie