The Classics Club September Meme!

The Classics Club released their September Meme: Question #2 —

Pick a classic someone else in the club has read from our big review list. Link to their review and offer a quote from their post describing their reaction to the book. What about their post makes you excited to read that classic in particular?

Oh, this is easy!

Jillian from A Room of One’s Own posted a review of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier that left me so excited to read the book, that I edited my Classics Club list immediately to include the novel!

First edition cover

Jillian said:

This! Book! This is one of the most thrilling books I’ve read in a while! I never thought I’d like this genre. Thriller? The first half was absolutely refined and elegant, like a spring lily unfurling. I could smell the gardens of Manderley as I turned the pages. And then about two-thirds through, the sudden lurch into a different story altogether — a different tone, and mixed into it the garden lily scent now soured, musted, flat and dead with the rain.

She also invokes Jane Eyre in her review, notes the circular narrative, and sets the expectation for quite the Gothic tale. All things that went “Ping! Ping! Ping!” in my What I Look For In A Good Book Machine (otherwise known as my brain).

I had a spare point lurking about on PaperBack Swap, so I entered my request, and the book arrived last week. I am all ready to be utterly chilled and thrilled by this novel! Thank you for your review, Jillian! It left me breathless with anticipation!


  1. Cat

    That was a wonderful review and one that must inspire anyone who hasn’t read Rebecca. It’s one of my all-time favourites and I hope you’ll love it too.

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