Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier's major Wordcandy contribution is her gothic suspense novel Rebecca. Rebecca has never been a particular favorite of mine--I've always regarded it as an inferior version of Jane Eyre--but it's highly readable and has been an enduring success since its publication in 1938.

Note: Critics have suggested that much of Rebecca (which Du Maurier described as a "study in jealousy") was autobiographical. Du Maurier was married to a man who had once been engaged to a remarkably beautiful and confident woman. Although the engagement was called off, Daphne was very aware of her predecessor's charms, and may have modeled her nameless, mousy heroine after herself.

Eh, I'd skip the Hitchcock movie. It's one thing to read about a girl worshipfully buttering her husband a slice of toast while staring at him adoringly, but it's whole 'nother thing to have to actually watch her do it.


Other Recommendations:
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Cousin Kate, by Georgette Heyer

Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken

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Posted by: Julia


24 Mar, 2006 02:04 PM @ version 0

I suffered through both Rebecca and Jamaica Inn before I decided Daphne du Maurier was not for me. My mom really enjoys her books, however, so much so that I was interested enough to give them a try. (Any time anyone mentions the book Rebecca, she will quote the first sentence of the book. She does that with Gone with the Wind, too.) I found them depressing and strange, and I was extremely glad when I reached the end. The maggoty dinner in Jamaica Inn still makes me cringe.

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