Rebecca

4 01 2010

Título: Rebecca

Autor: Daphne du Maurier

Editorial: Heinemann

Obra adaptada: Sí

Nivel: Upper-intermediate

Reseña: “Rebecca” was written by Daphne du Maurier, who was a famous British writer in the last century, and it was first published in 1938.  This popular novel, which has appeared in over twenty languages, is a mix of mystery, romance and thriller.  A character is narrating the story from her point of view, making us share her feelings until the end of the book.  In 1940 “Rebecca” was made into a film starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.            

The majority of the story takes place in Manderley, a lovely country house by the sea and it tells us about his owner, Maxim de Winter, an English aristocrat, whose first beautiful wife, Rebecca, died there.  After that, Maxim meets an unspoilt young woman in Montecarlo and marries her, but the memory of Rebecca casts dark shadow on the new marriage.  Soon, the second Mrs de Winter is jealous because she thinks that her husband still loves Rebecca.  Later, Maxim tells his second wife that he killed Rebecca, because he hated her. Finally, after overcoming all difficulties, the couple return to Manderley to discover that the mansion is ablaze.  The main character is Rebecca, whose memory is always present along the plot.            

 From my point of view, “Rebecca” is an interesting and quite absorbing novel, and the film too.  What I enjoyed most was that the plot keeps you in suspense until the end.  If I had to choose a passage, it would be when Maxim tells his wife that he killed Rebecca.  In general, the book was easy to read but the language was a little bit difficult sometimes.            

I would like to recommend this novel to my classmates. I really think that “Rebecca” is an entertaining book for those who enjoy mystery stories.I’m sure they’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Valoración: 5/5

Eugenio Corpas Olmos  2ºNI


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