Topic for September:
Pick a classic someone else in the club has read from our big review list. Link to their review and offer a quote from their post describing their reaction to the book. What about their post makes you excited to read that classic in particular?
As I was browsing through the list of reviews, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier immediately stood out. I have been wanting to read this classic for some time but our copy of the novel is old, worn and slightly dirty…so I haven’t made it a priority.
Then, I read the review by Natalie from Many Media Musings about the novel.
She starts her post, saying:
“When I first picked up Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, I read it slowly. It felt so perfect that I wanted to savor the reading experience. I found myself lost in the world of a nameless narrator, a meek young woman who falls in love with and marries a rich widower, only to feel oppressed by the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca.”
Who wouldn’t want to be lost in the world of fiction? Isn’t that the best kind of book to read? One that sweeps you off your feet and makes you feel like you are no longer yourself, but a part of a different, new, and exciting world in some faraway land.
And, she continues:
“And is the shadow of Rebecca really so oppressive? They are for our nameless narrator, and since we see everything from her eyes, yes, they are. And that’s ultimately why Rebecca is so powerful: we see everything from the eyes of a shy, small young woman who may very well be exaggerating all the signals she receives.”
I’ll certainly be making Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier a higher priority. I am intrigued and want to feel the magic of being swept inside the mind of this nameless character for myself.
Here are the other Rebecca reviews from Classics Club members: