Friday, January 14, 2011

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier


One of the best opening lines of any book ever written, and the rest of the book does not disappoint.

Du Maurier creates an unparalleled atmosphere of suspense, quite gothic in nature, and her insight into the neuroses of her unnamed narrator (and in many cases, her readers) is remarkable.

I've read this book easily a dozen times, but I always forget how stressful a read it is--and even more so once you know how it ends. The lack of communication is beyond frustrating, and yet given the characters' temperaments, there was never any other way for the story to play out.

(Side note: The film version is one of the most faithful book adaptations I've ever seen. It is also excellent.)

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