“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” One of the most memorable and famous opening line in the history of literature. The author Daphne Du Maurier, an English writer who transported us in a blow to this unique mansion where we will meet to characters perfectly defined by her author. Daphne Du Maurier with brilliant mastery explores feelings, doubts, fears, weaknesses and even the cruelties of all and every one of the characters that roam the mansion Manderley and its surroundings.
As sometimes happens, many will know more of this story of love, hate, mystery and even murder, thanks to its cinematography version than for the literary work. The Wizard of suspense Alfred Hitchcock directed in the year 1940 to Sir Laurence Olivier as Max, Joan Fontaine as the Heroine, and Dame Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers in the adaptation of this novel with great and deserved success. Personally I love this movie but I have to admit it has been many years later when I decided to read the book. I didn’t think it could overcome this magnificent cinematography play but I was so wrong. Now I know.
The novel of this brilliant author is of a narrative perfect with a deep and clear exploration of the psychology of her characters and that is perhaps the only thing I little bit miss in the work of Hitchcock. The description of places, though not strictly detailed is so extraordinary that you can almost feel the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks or the presence of the mysterious woman who gives name to this magisterial history: Rebecca.
Close your eyes and we travel to Manderley…