am 1. März 2013
Habe das Buch für meine Englisch-Matura benötigt und auch bei Amazon bestellt. Da ich bereits das Musical gekannt und auch über die Geschichte schon einiges gehört habe, war dieses Buch nur mehr ein kleiner "Lückenfüller". Ich war total begeistert wie genau und detailiert die Geschichte geschrieben ist und war sofort von dem Schreibstil gefesselt.
Leider gab es auch etliche Wörter, die sehr schwer zu verstehen waren und somit das gesamte Konzept ein wenig durcheinander brachten.
Für komplette Anfänger, welche die Story nicht kennen, sicherlich etwas schwer zu lesen und nicht so sehr zu empfehlen.
Alles in Allem - sehr gutes Buch - deshalb 5 Sterne!
am 14. Januar 2000
I've given this book four, rather than five stars because I haven't read many books which I thought were perfect. Even this one has its flaws (such as a rather pedestrian narrative style). But those flaws are minor in comparison to the truly compelling characters and gripping tale woven by Du Maurier. I only just recently read this for the first time and I was surprised to find that it was a much better read than I thought it would be. I love the Hitchcock movie and was worried that the book wouldn't be as good, but boy was I wrong! The suspense is chilling from the moment the new Mrs. De Winter arrives at Manderley. Du Maurier's greatest achievement is to have created a narrator who is so young and inexperienced that Rebecca (who of couse is never present in the novel) seems more alive than our heroine! In a way, the heroine (who remains unnamed, in what must be one of the master strokes of the novel) becomes more interesting as she, like Mrs. Danvers, becomes more and more obsessed with the dead Rebecca. The slight hint of a lesbian attachment between Rebecca and "Danny" adds spice to the otherwise conventional romance aspect of the novel. In fact, I found this story interesting as a tale of intimate relationships between women - even Maxim, the main male in the book fades into the background as Rebecca beomes more prominent in everyone's memory. I could not put this down and was glad to find that I liked it as much as the movie!
am 7. Juni 1999
As a middle-aged male, I am probably not the typical reader of "Rebecca". I raced through it in one weekend, careening through the many hair-pin turns that come one upon another in the last third of the book. The reviewers who complain of the slow pace of the first third should understand that the groundwork must be laid for the excitement to follow. I had to force myself to slow down so as to savor Ms. Du Maurier's enchanting descriptive writing style (being a gardener helps one appreciate the descriptions) . I must differ with all those who state that the main character remained un-named throughout the book. The main character was named... "Manderley".
am 7. April 1999
I enjoyed the mysterious setting of the book. I often felt sorry for the main characters of the book, but I think that they would not have been as affective if they had acted different. I almost wanted the book to end different, but the ending was very fitting to the rest of the story. I also liked the fact that there were subtle hints through out the book about what would happen in the ending and afterwards. This is a book that is best read in an English class because there is some symbolism that I would have missed if I had not done this in class. This is not a book that I would normally just pull of the shelf because I am not normally into this type of literature, but I did enjoy what I read. I think that most anyone would enjoy this book even if it is not their first choice. The part of the book that I liked the least was when Mrs. Danvers was showing the speaker around Rebecca's room because it seamed that Rebecca would come in the room, and because of Rebecca's seemingly perfection. I think that no one is perfect and do not make acceptions for Rebecca. I also disliked the way that the speaker always seemed to make social blunders. I do think that this book was well written.
am 17. Juli 2000
I read this book for a report in highschool. In the beginning, I wasn't impressed, but then I could not put the book down! I read the entire book in about a day! Manderly was another world for me. I felt like I was living through Mrs. De Winter. Du Maurier writes with such exquisite attention to detail. She creates real characters. I've read this book many times since and it is definetly my favorite book!
am 15. November 2006
This book is superbly written from the point of view of a young woman (how young, we never know) who marries a wealthy man, Max de Winter, and comes back to his family estate, Manderly, in England only to be met by a housekeeper who is still loyal to the former (now deceased) Mrs Rebecca de Winter. The myth of Rebecca begins to haunt the young woman and soon has consequences for her and the rest of the household. Du Maurier manages to keep the pace on every single page -- her writing is simply impeccable -- and leaves reader in the dark as to what really happened, only allowing truths to raise their heads occasionally. What is more impressive, is that she manages to get the reader to sympathise with a murderer. Set presumably in the 1920s-30s, this book is not only a great read but also a superb evocation of upper-class English life in that era.
am 10. April 2000
In reading a book, I know the author left an impact if I find myself missing the characters after turning the last page. Even though we were never told her name, the narrator is a character that lies inside many woman. She is a person they fear to be, the fear of losing ones personality in loving a man. Du Maurier clearly did a beautiful job in creating this character
am 17. August 1999
This book is one of the all-time greatest works of fiction, combining suspense, romance, and character development, all wrapped up in a mystery that is literally not resolved until the last page.
Modern readers should treat this story as a period piece of sorts; American readers in particular should bear in mind the differences between British and American cultures, and also the historical differences (Rebecca was published in 1938), otherwise they are apt to find the story 'slow' or 'dull.'
Like any great mystery writer, du Maurier throws out subtle clues in the first third of the story; about halfway through, she begins to resolve these clues, and from then on, the story races at full steam. *Don't let* the seemingly slow introduction stop you from finishing the book; patient readers will be well- rewarded when they see how brilliantly du Maurier sets up her surprises.
The story revolves around the unusual marriage of the young, unworldly narrator (whose first name is never revealed, one of the book's charming idiosyncrasies)to the brooding 'landed gentleman,' Maxim de Winter. When she arrives at his grand country manor, Manderly (the house is perhaps the book's most potent character), she is immediately confronted by the other characters' feelings about Rebecca, Maxim de Winter's flamboyant late wife.
Perhaps du Maurier's greatest accomplishment, character-wise, is the way she develops Rebecca, who is already dead when the main action of the story begins, and never really appears 'on-screen,' so to speak. Rebecca is very much alive in the memories of Maxim, the house servants, friends and family members, but most crucially, of her personal maid, Mrs. Danvers (and also of Rebecca's sleazy cousin, Jack Favel). It is Mrs. Danvers who becomes the greatest nemesis of the narrator, and who makes the frightened young woman feel utterly unwanted and unloved in her new home. If Rebecca truly does haunt Manderly, Mrs. Danvers is her conduit to the world of the living.
After a treacherous episode that almost brings the narrator to the breaking point, a string of coincidences alters everything; the narrator learns the truth about what turns out to be a lot of mistaken assumptions. In the process, she herself grows into a far more confident person. The last quarter of the story is an absolute masterpiece, as the action takes one turn, then another, then another. And even when it seems that all the clues have been resolved, du Maurier saves one last whammy for the final page.
I first read this book twenty years ago, and it made more of an impression on me than just about anything else I've read since. I re-read it from time to time, and gain a new insight with every perusal.
In short, Rebecca is a wonderful, wonderful novel, and not to be missed. I can't recommend it highly enough-- read it, linger over it, enjoy it, and read it again. It's a true literary achievement.
am 16. Januar 1999
Rebecca is in many ways a lot like Jane Eyre. Jane and Mrs. De Winter (her first name is never mentioned) both meet and fall in love with older men when they are very young and still fresh out of school. For Jane it is Mr. Rochester and for Mrs. De Winter it is Maxim De Winter. The two couples have short courtships and very suddenly they decide to get married. Unfortunately Jane and Mrs. De Winter each find that the men they love have darker and more sinister pasts than they had ever imagined. Jane responds to this by running away, but Mrs. De Winter embraces the new found secret because it makes her feel older and closer to Maxim. By the end of the books Jane and Mrs. De Winter are both portrayed as stronger and much more mature adult women.
But even if you didn't like Jane Eyre I think you will still like Rebbecca because Daphne DuMaurier combined several elements that weren't in Jane Eyre to make a fantastic book. She had a wonderful setting, a suspencful plot, interesting and developed characters, romance, and a very unexpected ending. Maxim's estate called Manderley is where most of the story unfolds. When the new Mrs. De Winter comes back from her honey moon Manderley is still ruled by Rebecca with her servants, her friends, and her furnishings. The new Mrs. De Winter must live in the middle of all of this and try to rise up to Rebecca's standards. In this book there is no way of predicting the future because it takes so many twists and turns. You never know something important is happening until it is over. My favorite part of the book was its perfect blend of characters. There was the dark and loyal (to Rebecca) Mrs. Danvers, the diabolical Favell, contrasted with well meaning and kind Beatrice, the ever supporting and tactful Frank, and simple Ben. The reader can easily connect with Mrs. De Winter as Daphne DuMaurier takes them inside her head reading her fears, day dreams, and doubts. When all of those ingredients come together you are left with a gourmet read.
am 5. September 1998
After the first two chapters, which are filled with ambiguous, ramblesome prose, readers (like myself) may be tempted to give up. But those who trudge through it will find themselves richly rewarded. Once the young, nameless protagonist marries the charming, wealthy Maxim de Winter and moves into Manderley, his sprawling country estate on the coast of England, the story leaps to life. Married life should be blissfully idyllic for the new Mrs. de Winter, but she finds herself entrapped by an overwhelming sense of gloom, overshadowed by the ghostly presence of Maxim's former wife, Rebecca. As events slowly begin to fall into place, Mrs. de Winter begins to suspect that there is more to Rebecca's supposedly accidental death than she has been led to believe. From there, the story unravels at a breathless pace, as the de Winters uncover revelation after revelation in the convoluted plot, finally unearthing the chilling secrets of Rebecca, what happened to her and why. The novel ends with a brilliant twist ending that will chill readers while offering a deep sense of poetic justice.
REBECCA is a true masterpiece of romantic suspense. It succeeds on so many levels: with its vividly drawn characters, its hypnotic, haunting mood and atmosphere, and the underappreciated virtues of an intricate plot laced with all the twists and red herrings of an Agatha Christie puzzle, REBECCA is a classic in every sense of the word.