I had seen the 1940 movie many (many!) times and absolutely adored it. I wasn't sure how the book was going to compare. Movies are usually a disappointment. And like The Woman in Black, I had the movie playing in my mind all the while I was reading. It did not distract a bit! Even knowing the 'dark secret' all along, knowing how it was going to end, nothing distracted from the joy of the book. (As a matter of fact during one chapter, because I had seen the movie first I knew what was about to happen and I couldn't bare to read it so I skipped ahead a couple of pages.) Daphne Du Maurier had such a talent for writing so many different emotions. Even though the narrator is never named, you know her through and through! The scenes and dramas she plays out in her head are so believable and honest; I was entertained and tortured all at the same time. (Do I admit that I do the same thing in my head?!) As for the ending... I like the novel much better but the movie ending is still true to the story, just a little more extended for a Hollywood happy ending.
Read any good books lately?
I read more than just classic novels. This is where I post about recent books I have read. Have you read the same book? Got a different opinion? Let me know! I'd love to hear about it.