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Rebec a by Daphne du Laurier - help me understand the ending

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joshandjamie Tue 19-Jul-11 21:33:34

*spoiler alert*

So I've just finished reading this book and loved it but was left confused by the ending. Who was supposed to have set manderlay on fire? Was it mrs Danvers? I was left feeling eh? What? Help!

BitOfFun Tue 19-Jul-11 21:37:39

Yes, it was Mrs Danvers.

Hassled Tue 19-Jul-11 21:39:14

Oh I love this book. Must reread it.

Yes, Evil Mrs D.

CarrieOakey Tue 19-Jul-11 21:40:26

My favourite book ever! Must re read it.

joshandjamie Tue 19-Jul-11 21:49:44

Don't know why, I still expected a different twist. But I loved her writing. Feel all bereft now that it's finished

fivegomadindorset Tue 19-Jul-11 21:50:48

Read The HOuse on the Strand, it is a really good book.

joshandjamie Tue 19-Jul-11 21:58:34

I have just read my title and noticed all the errors. Stupid ipad

Lightshines Tue 19-Jul-11 22:57:39

yes, the reader is led to believe that Mrs Danvers set the house on fire
Susan Hill has written this - Mrs De Winter but it has had mixed reviews so you may not be keen!

valiumredhead Tue 19-Jul-11 23:43:46

Read My Cousin Rachel! I second HOTS - very good!

valiumredhead Tue 19-Jul-11 23:45:46

Rebecca is my favourite book, my dad read it to me when I was little - he heavily edited it to make it more appealing to a child of 8. I LOVE it and every time I read it I discover something new it that I missed before .

DioneTheDiabolist Tue 19-Jul-11 23:47:41

The evil, but brilliant Danvers started the blaze to ensure the 2nd Mrs DeWinter would never get her paws on it.

valiumredhead Tue 19-Jul-11 23:49:02

Have you seen the black and white film OP? Worth watching!

nothingnatural Wed 20-Jul-11 00:01:38

I utterly LOVED that book. Loads of interesting sexual politics going on, great for talking about. The film is great too, I agree valiumredhead, yummy Olivier as gorge Max De Winter.

Did you watch Downton Abbey? The Dutchess' ladies maid in that draws heavily on Mrs Danvers.

Lightshines Wed 20-Jul-11 00:55:10

its also interesting to look at the parallels between 'Jane Eyre' and 'Rebecca'...

BathildaSaggshot Wed 20-Jul-11 01:04:14

"Last night I dreamt I was at Manderley again"..............
I loved Rebecca. Not sure I was that keen on 'Mrs De Winter' though. It was a bit naff!

Lightshines Wed 20-Jul-11 01:11:40

BathildaSaggshot - I have 'Mrs De Winter' sitting on my shelf but never read it, so was not in a position to recommend or otherwise.
Sally Beauman has written a prequel to 'Rebecca' called Rebecca's Tale which I did not particularly enjoy.
Margaret Forsters Biography of Daphne du Maurier is excellent, but even better is Justine Picardie's Daphne, a fictionalised account of the time in Daphne's life when she herself was writing a biography of Bramwell Bronte.

valiumredhead Wed 20-Jul-11 07:41:34

The biography is fantastic - really interesting.

smartyparts Wed 20-Jul-11 21:16:47

Rebecca is possibly my favourite book.

And I have the Margaret Forster and the Justine Picardie books.

I also love the old b&w film, just perfect!

valiumredhead Wed 20-Jul-11 21:49:43

That bedroom - with the huge windows - overlooking the sea........... sigh......

Nefret Thu 21-Jul-11 11:48:24

I love Rebecca too, and the old film is great too. I have read Mrs De Winter, which is ok but nowhere near as good as the original.

I have read quite a few of her books. Frenchman's Creek is one of may favourites.

KayleighPuff Fri 22-Jul-11 07:48:16

Valiumredhead (and other posters) are right: the film is superbe! Yes, we are to believe it was Mrs D. who started the fire. Brings to mind the ending of Jane Eyre, and a fantastic take on that story. Jean Rhys, The Wide Sargasso Sea. It's the novel, Jane Eyre, told from the point-of-view of the 'mad woman in the attic' - Rochester's first wife. Read it!

cheapskatemum Sat 23-Jul-11 22:47:28

Nothingnatural - I thought that too about the ladies' maid in "Downton Abbey" being like Danvers.

WorrisomeHeart Sat 30-Jul-11 20:00:27

Jamaica Inn is another great one, although I think My Cousin Rachel is her best, even [whispers] better than Rebecca!

CrystalQueen Sat 30-Jul-11 20:05:21

In the film he didn't kill her, she fell and hit her head. Guess they couldn't have a murderer getting away with it in those days.

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