Rebecca – 31 Days of Great Books – Book 30

standard October 30, 2013 Leave a response
Book 30
Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” 
It’s hands down the best first sentence of any book I have ever read.
I know. That’s a pretty definite absolute. But really, it is. It says everything in just a few short words. It tells you that Manderley is an important place. It tells you that the person wishes they could go back, but they never can. It’s so tantalizing you can’t help but read more.
I aspire to one day write such a great first sentence. Heck, I aspire to one day write an entire book that’s half as good as Rebecca.
There are a few books that I’ll happily reread again, and again, and again. This is one. Somehow knowing exactly what’s going to happen doesn’t dispel the mystery, doesn’t reduce the pleasure I get in falling into the de Winter’s haunted lives.
My favorite part, which I can share without giving anything away, is the fact that the main character is never given a first name, while her rival, her husband’s previous wife, who is only ever present as a memory, has the whole book named after her.
Come on, doesn’t that alone make you want to read it?
This book was written in 1938 and is set in England, so it definitely doesn’t read like most of the books that I’ve shared here this month, but it’s a true gem, something you’ll also want to share with your bookish friends.
Read this book if: You enjoy “older” British literature. You like a good mystery. You love great stories that suck you in and keep you prisoner to the very last word.
Would this make a good book club book? I really think so. You’ll talk about marriage, about how life doesn’t always deliver what’s promised, about what you would do for love, and about places that leave huge imprints on our hearts.

Want to read the other books on this list? Here they are!

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