I dreamt I went to Manderley….
Once upon a time I took a class in college that assigned a novel by Daphne Du Maurier. It was called Rebecca. And at the time I had no idea what it was about but I’d heard pleanty of references to a place called Manderley to know it was important.
Little did I know it would become one of my favorite assignments. I mean, I’ve loved reading since I was in Elementary school. But Ive never been big on the things they make us read in school. Im not a fan of anything considered “Required” reading. But there have been two books that stuck with me that were for class. One was A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and the other was Rebecca.
The story itself is eerie. There is a strange sense of something looming from beginning to end. As the budding romance of the Main Character and Maxim De Winter whips up into a whirlwind and we are swept away to Manderley and it is like being tansported into another world. A world of money, old beauty, and tragedy.
It is a moving book, and the namesake though dead is such a character you can feel her in every word. Rebecca is a sheer force of nature. So much so it wasn’t untill my teacher pointed it out that I realized the main character is never given a name. She is simply Mrs. De Winter
A fact I was worried the movie version would ignore, but was so happy to see accepted. I was also very happy with how the entire feel of the movie aligned with the book. Im sure there were pieces that the movie left out but as an adaptation I thought it was beautiful.
Lilly James and Armie Hammer had fantastic chemistry. Neither one really fit what I’d pictured for the characters, but they certainly do now. It’s like they were made for those characters.
Book Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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