Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm kickin' this baby off

I read my first Fill-in-the-Gaps book, Rebecca, in two sittings. Turned out to be a good book to start with, I guess. Here's my review.

My only excuses for getting through this so fast are a very long bus ride, the fervor of a new project, and the fact that the book is so darn suspenseful. Anyone else read it?

21 comments:

Lisa said...

I am ashamed to say that I have the book, but haven't read it. I bought it to participate in an online book group and I had it long before I needed it. And then I got busy and lost interest and I blew off joining the book group. The end.

B. Nagel said...

Never read it, but the movie is pure Golden Age of Cinema bliss. Once Hitchcock's vision of Manderlay gets in your head, it's hard to displace it. Kind of like getting Daniel Radcliffe out of your head if you hadn't read any of the Harry Potter books before the movies came out.

moonrat said...

yeah, i think i'll probably rent it now. i'm reeeeally glad i hadn't seen it before reading the book; i don't think i would have enjoyed the book if i had.

Briony said...

I haven't yet but it's on the list. I went to the library today and picked up Moby Dick though, so I will start that on the train home tonight :)

moonrat said...

you're starting with Moby Dick?! that's hard core. wow.

cindy said...

i did! back in my early twenties and really enjoyed it. it's considered gothic something?

Marie said...

Yes! Read it and loved it. DeMaurier does a good job of conveying uncertainty, and how that in turn fosters a kind of madness.

DeMaurier herself led a very colorful life. After reading Rebecca, I looked for and found a biography--nothing like a writer's biography to convince you that you can indeed learn to write through application.

Kim Kasch said...

Wasn't my fav - I like horror more than suspense. But here's my review of ”Rebecca”

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I have that book, but it's in another language so it's just decor. Might have to find it in English. :)

Colleen said...

I love Rebecca- I reread it every couple of years...

Heidi C. Vlach said...

Hey, there's a book I should read. I saw the movie and found the effect of a name (or lack thereof) absolutely fascinating.

Mike Lindgren said...

Hello Moonrat! I'm a sad, sad 15 / 100 on your list. But anyway, here is my totally obnoxious list:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pPiM29ZsScsetVJIo4kdIew

It is slightly cheating because it added up to 83 titles, many of which are essays, or even poems. Oh well.

Happy reading!

Alps said...

Couldn't put it down either. I was much younger when I read it, but the plot twist at the end completely stunned me. Love it when that happens!

Belynda said...

No, but with a recommendation like that I think it just went on my 100 list!

Eimear said...

Rebecca's one of my favourite books. And Laurence Olivier makes a gorge Maxim.

Amity said...

My English class in high school had to read it, and it was everyone's favorite book. We even had the stereotypical jock--who barely read anything and was painful to listen to during the Shakespeare unit--passing it to friends. He read it in two days even though the class read it over three weeks. I say that says a lot...

Not as great as an audiobook. The version my husband and I listened to (on a 14hr drive to the folks'), was very well executed, but it's just not the same.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

An excellent novel that accomplishes a rare thing in the suspense genre, and that is to move the plot forward with finely detailed characterization rather than action. Daphne du Maurier had a deft flair for this. Her first line, "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again," is probably one of the most quoted first lines in literature. It's a great book for reading aloud, the language is so crisp and evocative.

Elissa M said...

Have to chime in to say I read it and loved it. Saw the movie, too. Oscar winner.

For anyone trying to slog through Moby Dick: Think of it as a treatise on 19th century whaling techniques, not a novel. Much more interesting that way.

Bre said...

Rebecca is one of my favorite books! I'm so glad you liked it. I reread it about once a year.

Also, to Briony above: I love your name! And yes, it's because of Atonement. :)

Christine said...

I was with you on the review until you mentioned the "unfortunate opening."
I think that "Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again" is one of the most brilliant openings of all time. I loved the dream sequence too! But mileage varies.
I read it in high school and loved it then, and when my book club selected it a few months ago, I fell in love with it all over again.

Sara said...

I just read Rebecca for the first time a couple months ago. My friend Becca--see the connection?--told me to read it, and it was lying around my mom's house, so I took it. I was surprised how gripping it was and how fast to read. Also, how much I cared for the protagonist even though she was often such a sissy.