The classic Gothic suspense novel by Daphne du Maurier -- winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century -- is now a Netflix film starring Lily James and Armie Hammer.
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
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.
"Daphne du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings." --Stephen King
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” has become one of the most iconic opening lines in literature, setting the stage for a mystery that gets its hooks into you immediately. It all begins in Monte Carlo, when our unnamed narrator marries Maxim de Winter, a charming widower. Leaving her life as a lady’s maid behind, she’s whisked off to his epic estate in southern England. So far, so dreamy, right? But she quickly realizes the memory of her husband’s late wife, Rebecca, lives on in every nook and cranny of the sprawling house—exerting a power so great, it threatens to destroy her. Actress Anna Massey captures the unsettling essence of this classic mystery, subtly building the unnerving tension with her almost too-calm delivery of Daphne du Maurier’s elegant prose. The extravagant Manderley becomes a terrifying place where dreams become nightmares and new secrets beguile you from each lavish room. Sophisticated and frightening, Rebecca’s ghost continued to haunt us long after we pressed pause.
Never tire of this story
I first read when I was 14.... I’m now mature woman who continues to love the intrigue, the humanity, and vocabulary....Daphne Du Maurer does paint pictures with words.
The 1939- 1940 movie REBECCA is true to the book, as well. Hitchcock varied the ending , but for the most part he stuck to verbatim. I recommend both!!!
Enjoyed this book and the reading of it. Ending was a little confusing and maybe left to interpretation but I would recommend this audiobook to anyone. Look forward to reading more of her books.
The late Anna Massey is brilliant here. One of the best readings I've heard, bar none.