Monday, December 5, 2011

Book Thirty-Four - Rebecca - Part Four

Daphne du Maurier
Daphne, you ingenious sneaky little thing! This story has as many twists and turns as the drive to Manderlay. When I finished it I had to go back to the beginning again.

Rebecca is a story of love, trust, friendship, betrayal, lust, loneliness, kindness, impulsiveness, and offers quite the example against putting all your eggs in one man, er, basket. It is also one of those books in which I kept looking down at the page numbers toward the end and thinking, there's no way she can wrap this up before the end of the book! There isn't time! I knew there wasn't a sequel so the novel had to end but I didn't see how it could. And du Maurier, master of description, gives us only two lines of description at the end. Brilliant.

The movie is next up in my Netflix queue. Directed by Hitchcock, it stars Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Netflix anticipates it is a 3.8 (out of 4) for me. Can't wait!

Guess how we're meant to feel about this character

Random question: in the US we call a party at which everyone comes dressed as someone else a costume party. In the UK this is called a fancy dress party. Why is that? If you come dressed as a pirate you're probably not fancy, now are you?


  1. We just watched the 1997-ish Masterpiece Theater version over the weekend and it was AMAZING. Not to talk you out of the Hitchcook version, but I'm just say'in...

    Anyway, as far as the ending, I was doing the same thing. So much needed to be resolved and yet there were hardly any pages left. Still, I thought the end was fitting.

    Great questions to ponder... If I'm ever invited to a fancy dress party I'll do some research and let you know!!!

  2. It turns out that the Masterpiece Theater version was ahead of the Hitchcock version in my queue so that's the one I'm watching!