It’s very unlike the modern style of early 20th century but it doesn’t make it any less interesting. I don’t think any other style would have suited this story better.
The narrative focuses a lot on scenery, colours and nature are always in complete harmony with the events that take place and also serve as foreshadowing symbols. The imagery is so striking it’s almost palpable. Manderley comes alive around you. The book starts with the end but you’ll still bite your nails with suspense and anticipation.
The narrator remains nameless throughout the book but in the beginning you’ll probably find her too dull to be curious and overlook her vivid imagination, her sharp observation and the ability of perceiving the truth. It is the woman with the name that you would want to know more about. Rebecca looms over Manderley, Maxim and Mrs de Winter like a ghost but as the story progresses she starts to gain flesh, becomes real and like the narrator the reader is able to see why everyone is under her spell.
Some people may not like the extensive description, but read people! Not a word is unnecessary. The first few chapters are a bit slow, but with every page the story keeps building and it becomes impossible to put it down.
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