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  • Author:
    Sally Beauman
  • ISBN:
    0066211085
  • ISBN13:
    978-0066211084
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  • Publisher:
    William Morrow; First Edition edition (October 2, 2001)
  • Pages:
    448 pages
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We were riding through frozen fields in a wagon at dawn. Other Books by Sally Beauman.

We were riding through frozen fields in a wagon at dawn. A red wing rose in the darkness. And suddenly a hare ran across the road. One of us pointed to it with his hand.

Rebecca's Tale is a 2001 novel by British author Sally Beauman. The book is a sequel to the Daphne du Maurier novel Rebecca and is officially approved by the Du Maurier estate. It continues the original plot and is also roughly consistent with the 1993 sequel Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

Rebecca is a Gothic novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier. A best-seller, Rebecca sold . million copies between its publication in 1938 and 1965, and the book has never gone out of print

Rebecca is a Gothic novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier. million copies between its publication in 1938 and 1965, and the book has never gone out of print. While working as the companion to a rich American woman on holiday in Monte Carlo, the unnamed narrator, a naïve young woman in her early 20s, becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, George Fortescue Maximilian "Maxim" de Winter, a 42-year-old widower

This was my first Sally Beauman book; I've now read all her novels and found them enjoyable.

This was my first Sally Beauman book; I've now read all her novels and found them enjoyable.

Beauman expertly tells Rebecca's tale from four different perspectives Julyan's, Gray's, Ellie's and, most vividly, Rebecca's without settling which version is nearest the truth

Beauman expertly tells Rebecca's tale from four different perspectives Julyan's, Gray's, Ellie's and, most vividly, Rebecca's without settling which version is nearest the truth. Though a composite Rebecca emerges depressive, possibly schizophrenic, promiscuous, fearless and almost certainly "dangerous" Beauman merely hints at a biological cause, raising titillating, though fully plausible, possibilities

Rebecca's Tale Sally Beauman 495pp, Little, Brown, £1. 9

Rebecca's Tale Sally Beauman 495pp, Little, Brown, £1. 9. It is worth wondering what might have happened to Sally Beauman's subsequent career as a writer if, when she published her first novel Destiny in 1987, her publisher had been daring enough to risk the airport sales and a guaranteed place on the bestseller list by not putting any gold embossing on the cover. In Destiny Beauman took apart the cult of Catherine Deneuve and set one of her characters down in a trailer park among Klansmen in the early years of America's civil-rights movement.

I really had high hopes for this book. I was really disappointed. Sally Beauman was born in Devon and graduated from Girton College, Cambridge.

On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter, family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel. I really had high hopes for this book. It went in far to long and many of the characters were overkill. She began her career as a critic and writer for New York magazine and continued to write for leading periodicals in America and the UK after returning to England.

One minute he was the boot boy, the next he was butler, said the Colonel. Draw your own conclusions

One minute he was the boot boy, the next he was butler, said the Colonel. Draw your own conclusions. with the possible exception of that eye to the main chance. Frith was very far from senile; he was born in 1867 (I checked) and was now eighty-four, though he claimed ninety.

The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten Decades.

April 1951. It is twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is twenty years since the inquest, which famously -- and controversially -- passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winters' ancient family seat, was razed to the ground.

But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.

Family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel in the post. It contains a black notebook with two handwritten words on the first page -- Rebecca's Tale -- and two pictures: a photograph of Rebecca as a young child and a postcard of Manderley.

A mysterious young scholar by the name of Terence Gray has also appeared in town, looking for clues to Rebecca's life and death. His presence causes a stir in the quiet hamlet, and the tongues that had wagged about Rebecca years before now attend to the close ties Gray has formed to the Colonel and his single daughter, Ellie.

Amid the intrigues of this small coastal town, Ellie, Gray, and the Colonel begin a search for the real Rebecca. Was she the manipulative, promiscuous femme fatale her husband claimed, or the Gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others have suggested? Was her death really suicide, or was it murder?

Sally Beauman has taken Daphne du Maurier's celebrated twentieth-century classic, Rebecca, and crafted a compelling companion for the twenty-first century. Haunting, evocative, mesmerizing, Rebecca's Tale is for anyone who has ever dreamed of going back to Manderley.


Nilabor
This book is not for featherheads. This is a worthy sequel/prequel to the original. I've read it more than once, it's that good and that worth knowing well. It's the early 1950s and there is now a long-standing cult of Rebecca theorists; few were really satisfied with the fatal illness/suicide solution of the 1920s. We hear from several characters and a good deal about several others, including Rebecca (through diaries). Old friend Colonel Julyan is a love. There are a number of red herrings - moments when the reader is sure he knows the direction the book is taking - and the rug is pulled out again and again. Don't jump to conclusions. And don't expect gothic horror. It's a book about careful research and gradual revelation. Rebecca had her reasons for everything.
felt boot
Great reading, and fills in (plausibly) a lot of gaps in Daphne du Maurier's original story. I'd love to see some enterprising film corporation produce this, as well as re-do (decently, unlike the most recent PBS effort) the original "Rebecca". I think Daniel Craig would make an excellent Max de Winter.
zmejka
For all those who were haunted by Rebecca DeWinter after they read DuMaurier's novel, here is a wonderful book that will answer all your unanswered questions.
From the first paragraph I was hooked, wanting to read more about Rebecca's hidden secrrets. I have most of DuMaurier's Rebecca memorized, so I instantly caught on to this story. (I reccomend rereading DuMaurier's Rebecca)
The main plot is basically the hunt for information on Rebecca DeWinter. Thomas Grey, a journalist, desperatly wants to know more about her past for an unknown reason, Inspector Juliyan, now an ancient and decrepit old man wants to clear up the rumors that have been spreading about Manderley for the past 20 years.
This book drags the reader on this search for the truth about the mysterious Rebecca. After being almost on the verge of obsession with DuMaurier's classic book, I was finally able to feel at peace.
Even though this is NOT by the original author, Sally Beauman captured the spirit of the way Rebecca was written. I was captivated by her book from the beginning to end.
Raelin
Love this book. I will keep it as I will read it again.
Defolosk
Beauman is a wonderful story teller and has a great command of the ehnglish language, which is a benefit not all authors own.
Qwert
I really loved this book!! I NEVER read sequels, because I usually find them too horribly written to get past the first four or so pages. But this book caught my attention from the beginning, and every night I kept reading to way too late! This almost never happens with me, because I read a lot and so rarely find something that really stands out as being special. I do wish she had definitively said how and why Rebecca was killed and how and by whom Manderley was incinerated, but it was true to the style of the original that we are left not knowing for certain. I'm amazed that Ms. Beauman could mimic Du Maurier's writing style so beautifully! Rebecca is one of my favorite books of all time; I read it when I was a young teenager and continue re-reading every ten or twenty years. I'm now going to reread "Rebecca" and continue to wish there was more information on her. I thought Rebecca was a fascinating creature, not evil so much as determined to take care of herself. She did want to have a happy marriage with Max, but when she opened up to him after their marriage about her traumatic experience of being raped in school while a young girl, he turned on her emotionally and became cold and abusive. In my eyes, he was much more the villain than she ever was.
Bil
The deWinters couldn't go back, but I could and enjoyed it. With so many blah reviews I'm wondering if those people read the same book or perhaps they expected answers and explanations. I wanted to know exactly what Rebecca told Max on that cliff above Monte with plenty of details. This book doesn't provide that answer, if anything it gives even more questions and a different slant on events. Properly investigated Max would never have gone free, good thing Miss Marple, Poirot or Columbo didn't live in Kerrith or nearby. They would have zoomed in on Max and produced a lot more evidence than Jack Favell's note. Surely the servants noticed and commented on his sea water stained clothing from the night of her disappearance. Cousin Jack was right on target when he accused Max. I found his 20 years too late insight for the reason Rebecca wanted him at the boathouse that night very interesting and quite probably true. He knew who had sent him Rebecca's ring and why, figured it out way ahead of the other people on the quest. He may have been a bounder and a cad but he wasn't a fool. Beauman's creation of Rebecca's history prior to being Mistress of Manderley was fascinating, lots more questions raised here too, the best of them: was Max's father also her father, a distinct possibility although his mother didn't appear to think this was true. A good source of info on the years between her maybe father's death and her marriage to Max was the woman who lived with all those artists down the street from Rebecca's flat and Ellie didn't ask her a single question, just accepted her 'I knew her as well as anyone knew her' and left the house. I would have settled myself at the kitchen table and found out everything she knew or guessed about those years. Some reviewers didn't like the way the second Mrs deWinter was portrayed. I thought she behaved exactly in character. Still without social graces she sent Rebecca's things to people without a letter. They had shocked and upset her, she didn't know or care that they might shock or upset anyone else and her attempts to fix it just made things worse, all so totally like her, clueless, self-centered and obsessed. Everyone in both books suffered from obsessions and needed to get over it and get on with it. Danvers had the worst case, very accurately described as 'dying from the past.' Of course she went to Rebecca's flat after she set the fire and she should have been tracked there and charged with arson. Questioned by the police her insanity would have revealed itself instantly and she'd have confessed giving full details on the how and why, she was proud of it. Loved the side story about Caroline deWinter, if Max was tight-jawed the night he saw that costume for the second time I'll bet he was livid the first time as I'm sure Rebecca had shared his father's letter to her mother with him before she appeared at the ball as Caroline. I'm amazed Max even kept the portrait at the house after that, should have donated it to some art gallery or museum and got rid of it. Ben's sister 'failed to thrive.' Most of the characters didn't thrive, Tom and Ellie seem to be leaving the past behind but all the others are unable to leave. Manderley is still haunted and haunting.