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Rebecca's Tale

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This ended up being such a great book! I just wanted something t

This ended up being such a great book! I just wanted something to read before I went to bed. I ended up reading the story a lot during the day too.
I love the characterization and unique perspectives of time. The narrative is so rich that certain sequences could almost ...
This ended up being such a great book! I just wanted something to read before I went to bed. I ended up reading the story a lot during the day too.
I love the characterization and unique perspectives of time. The narrative is so rich that certain sequences could almost be short stories by 
themselves. I think that some of the reviewers were just too stuck on their interpretation of the original story of Rebecca to appreciate what a
gem this book is. And I am such a finicky reader most of the time too. so I do understand how that can be, but this book is great. 

posted by 2884740 on May 7, 2014

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

BURN THIS BOOK PLEASE

I have always been a huge fan of Rebecca. I must have read this book SO many times, always imagining what happened after Mandery burnt down, and the lives of Maxim and the second Mrs.DeWinter. You can imagine how excited I was when I learned there was a sequal to Rebec...
I have always been a huge fan of Rebecca. I must have read this book SO many times, always imagining what happened after Mandery burnt down, and the lives of Maxim and the second Mrs.DeWinter. You can imagine how excited I was when I learned there was a sequal to Rebecca. I bought this book, and read it in 3 days. The bottom line? BURN THIS BOOK. NOT only did it ruin the original story for me, it made me angry to see the second Mrs.DeWinter as a such a weak and naive person. It was ridiculous to read that she was pitied. In Rebecca, I loved the way our unnamed narrator turned out to be such a strong person, who had a loving husband. I had hoped so much that they would have happy lives, and loved each other without any membrance of Rebecca but NOT in this book. It did say that they loved each other, but it gives hints that Max had always loved Rebecca deep in his heart, one example is how he took her enternity ring on her ring finger after Rebecca died (the eternity ring was a ring Reecca's father gave her) Max had said he would replace it with his ring and he did so in the end. AND, there is more hints of course. Overall this is such a disspointing book. If you are a fan of the second Mrs.DeWinter and Maxim, don't read this book. I wish now that I never read or wasted my money. NOW I'd have to read the original over again to try to forget this horrible book otherwise it will give me nightmares!

posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    An excellent read but . . .

    I'm sorry but I have to disagree with all the other reviewers. Sally Beauman nailed all the previous characters correctly. She is an obviously talented writer. I didn't expect her writing style to be like D. DuMaurier's since I think a writing style is a lot like a fingerprint and can't truly be duplicated. Rebecca left out a lot of detail in her version of events that would have explained Maxim's dislike for her a lot more believably than her pitiful little tale about the boy on the beach. I believe it reflected her egotistical view of herself that she flattered herself that he was still in love with her the whole time. I also think since T. Gray discovered inconsistencies in Rebecca's version of her tale (i.e. her father's death and all the gaps in her story) that other parts of her version were most likely a load of distortion of actual events as well. Like Maxim's undying love for her. This book did not ruin my love for DuMaurier's book Rebecca or the second Mrs. de Winter. In the original Rebecca the second Mrs. de Winter expresses how mousie she felt in the shadow and memories everyone had of Rebecca. What the characters in Rebecca's Tale were referring to was exactly how the second Mrs. de Winter felt the brief time she was at Manderley. She didn't acquire her courage and self confidence until after Manderley burned and they left England in Rebecca. I believe her strangeness with Ellie had a lot to do with her old wounds about the whole situation being reopened by the visit back to Manderley. The only parts I wasn't satisfied with was Rebecca's supposed vision of the future second Mrs. de Winter - I thought that was rather stupid. The reason given for Maxim's death was absurd. I also disagreed somewhat with Ellie's behavior in the end. It was as if she were developing some serious obsession with Rebecca's thoughts and what Rebecca's decisions would have been if she were in this or that situation and used that as a way of making her own life altering decisions. In the end of it all, I do understand that one person can make a difference in so many other lives but I believe that throughout Rebecca and Rebecca's Tale all of the characters over reacted as though their entire future happiness lay in the hands of a deceiving and conniving woman that only got where she was because of her beauty, cleverness, and her ability to act as something she wasn't - a good and decent person. Ironically the only character that did seem to move past this was the second Mrs. de Winter.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Check it out if you are a fan of the original

    Very good for a sequel to a classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    a good read but ...

    I found Beauman's portrayal of Du Maurier's original characters too out of character. For example, the Colonel was too 'backbone of the community' to be in love with Rebecca. Two, Beauman tried to create sympathy for Rebecca. Three, the acts of the next Mrs. De Winter seemed wrong. Even the honeymoon confession of a teen rape seemed flimsy and too shallow to feed such a hatred as DeWinter held for his wife. Yet, the mystery surrounding Mrs. Danvers and the new love story is good. If you really want to enjoy this, don't read the original immediately before or soon after. Let the facts and characters become hazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2001

    A GOOD STORY

    Deep mystery with a topical romance theme, but well crafted. I prefer a bit more activity and interaction between characters like Joe Matlock or Nicholas Sparks works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2010

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