Monday, July 16, 2007


Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Virago Press, 2003 (1938)

I've been looking forward to reading this old classic ever since I realised that Du Maurier had also written the short story that Hitchcock's The Birds was based on. From a feminist point-of-view it is a maddening story (young bride adores older husband and is willing to overlook the fact that he killed his first, uppity wife as long as he is just willing to love her) but if you find it possible to overlook that, it is a thrilling read and I do feel a bit for the husband. You know, procuring a divorce in those days was no easy feat and a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

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