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Jamaica Inn [Kindle Edition]

Daphne du Maurier
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Book Description

"A fine romantic in suspense and surprise." --New York Times Book Review

On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honor of her mother's dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn's brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls -- and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

Editorial Reviews Review

Jamaica Inn is a true classic. After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan travels to Jamaica Inn on the wild British moors to live with her Aunt Patience. The coachman warns her of the strange happenings there, but Mary is committed to remain at Jamaica Inn. Suddenly, her life is in the hands of strangers: her uncle, Joss Merlyn, whose crude ways repel her; Aunt Patience, who seems mentally unstable and perpetually frightened; and the enigmatic Francis Davey. But most importantly, Mary meets Jem Merlyn, Joss's younger brother, whose kisses make her heart race. Caught up in the danger at this inn of evil repute, Mary must survive murder, mystery, storms, and smugglers before she can build a life with Jem.


Daphne du Maurier has no equal Sunday Telegraph A true classic Jamaica Inn is perhaps the most accomplished historical romance ever written Good Book Guide Jamaica Inn is a first-rate page-turner. The Times

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  • File Size: 979 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This gothic is a classic with good reason August 28, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
JAMAICA INN has been on my "To Be Read" list for many years, so when I found an inexpensive paperback copy, it seemed like fate. Every bit as suspenseful as REBECCA but with a more engaging heroine, it kept me on the edge of my seat almost from the beginning.

Mary Yellan's mother dies, leaving her alone with a farm and no one to help her run it. (Apparently, in 19th century England, it was unthinkable that a 23-year-old woman should simply hire some help and keep the farm.) She sells up and goes to live in a distant county with an aunt she hasn't seen for ten years, but whom she remembers as pretty and vivacious. The aunt Patience she finds, however, is much changed. Now married to an abusive, drunken tyrant, Patience has relinquished her former self and become a cringing, wheedling shadow to her brutal husband. The couple reside at Jamaica Inn, an infamous establishment that respectable travelers have long abandoned.

The situation deteriorates further when inquisitive Mary discovers her uncle is involved in illegal dealings that include murder. Horrified, she stays at Jamaica Inn only for the sake of her aunt, whom she intends to rescue. She's befriended by the sympathetic vicar of a neighboring parish, and by her uncle's handsome brother, Jem, to whom she feels oddly drawn, despite his questionable livelihood as a horse thief.

In true Gothic style, the story hovers on the edges of believability. It doesn't pay to think too much on any one point. Mary displays the obligatory intelligence, pluck and curiosity of the gothic heroine, yet loses her courage and/or her smarts at just the points where her hesitation advances the plot. The villains of the story are pure evil without clear motivations. Jem is the most realistically drawn character.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier November 12, 2006
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My friend suggested that I read this book. I wasn't counting on it being anything special but wanted to read it to please my friend. I read the book...........WOW! I was so transfixed, my mind was constantly buzzing with anxcity for Mary, fear of Joss and wonder for the next page. These are just a few of words that describe Jamaica Inn: thrilling, unpredictable, fantastic, drastic, fast, flowing, tense, obscene, moving, amazing, open, striking, descriptive, startling, action, exciting, horriffic, pursuing, dramatic, different, changing and enticing.

In Jamaca Inn you can live with the characters, you are part of the book, and you feel for the characters. The book changes mood so easily. A must read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best DuMaurier but enjoyable nonetheless June 23, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Even if it is not as good as Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, or The Scapegoat (but better than the House on the Strand), it is still a page turner, vivid and descriptive and, in the best DuMaurier tradition, very very dark. That said, my rating would actually be closer to 3 1/2 stars.
Mary Yellan is an appealingly scrappy heroine, if somewhat prone to foolhardy actions. I liked that she had guts and that she could be honest about her feelings about a man she had no business loving. Another plus for this book: I bought her falling in love with the roguish horse thief Jem Merlyn. I myself found him sexy (wish there had been more of him in the book). Their chemistry was a nice reflection of the less benign pairing of Mary's poor Aunt Patience and the brutish Joss Merlyn. Perhaps my favorite line because it spoke volumes in few words is "Now Mary understood why she hated her uncle." Or something to that effect.
DuMaurier goes a little overboard in the description of the moor and the tors, although I admit it is necessary to establish the setting. A big reason I do love DuMaurier books is the strong sense of place and time. I suppose that this particular setting was not as interesting as - say - the estate in Rebecca. I knew so because my eye would dart down the page and the next for quotation marks in the hopes that a conversation would break up the lengthy descriptions.
In short one could do a lot worse than this book in the general realm of fiction but as far as DuMaurier fiction is concerned, one could do somewhat better.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daphne Du Maurier is brilliant August 2, 2005
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The poetic language and tasteful suspense makes Jamaica Inn and Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier two of my favorite books. Jamaica Inn is a brilliant story, made even more mysterious by Tori Amos' song of the same name. It was her song about the book that made me seek out books by DuMaurier and once again Tori is genius. This was one of the best books I have ever read. Both the book and the song reveal the complexities and horrors of human behavior. DuMaurier also has a rich knowledge of the English countryside and uses fantastic imagery to transport the reader to the moors of Southern England.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Suspense at its Best February 6, 2003
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In "Myself When Young", author Daphne DuMaurier tells of a riding expedition on Bodmin Moors where lost and tired, she put up at a local hostelry called Jamaica Inn. "It was my first sight of the place that would later grip my imagination . . . a temperance house in 1920, it had been a coaching stop in the old days, and I thought of the travelers in the past who must have sought shelter there on the wild November nights, watched by the local moorland folk. No temperance house then, but a bar where the little parlor was, the drinking deep and long, fights breaking out, the sounds of oaths, of men falling."

And grip her imagination it did!

Du Maurier brings to life all the sounds and sights she imagined she saw on that day at a wayside inn with so much history. The lonely local, the brooding weather, the harsh tors looming over the moors and the bog, all make for what is now the almost trite accoutrements to any Gothic melodrama. But in Du Maurier's expert hands and imagination, the story that evolves could never be thought hackneyed.

Mary Yellen, a staunch working class young lady must leave her beloved farm on southern coast of Cornwall for the bleaker northern side. Here she will live at lonely Jamaica Inn with her mother's sister Patience and her innkeeper husband, Joss Merlyn. When she arrives, Mary, who prides herself on her good sense, intrinsic goodness and her willingness to work, finds her situation at the inn in dire opposition to anything in which she believes. Her heart breaks when she discovers her aunt has become a shadow of her once frivilous self, broken by the drunken Josh and his rude occupation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should have some good discussion.
oue book for book club this month. Should have some good discussion.
Published 5 days ago by Frances E. Hagaman
5.0 out of 5 stars 19th Century Smugglers Along the Coast of Cornwall
A very suspenseful novel that kept me on the edge of my chair. It had a rather surprising ending that I did not expect.
Published 6 days ago by William R. Bluett
4.0 out of 5 stars Shipwrecks, storms and an orphan girl
While gothic in feel and the 'creepiness' is developed through out, For being written in the 1930s (I think) it still packs a good punch. Read more
Published 8 days ago by lfleazar
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read. Typical of the era when it was ...
Interesting read. Typical of the era when it was written.
Published 13 days ago by Deb.e.c
3.0 out of 5 stars In its time, it must have been an especially ...
In its time, it must have been an especially exciting read. I read it for its sense of place, and though I have been to Cornwall, the many descriptions of the terrain were often... Read more
Published 20 days ago by sulasa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well written. Exciting ! Hard to put down. Did not want to end,but anticipated the ending.
Published 22 days ago by Myrna Parungao, MD
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
i absolutely LOVED this book. i put off reading it because of warnings it was boring and depressing but i found it to be neither. It's almost an "adventure" story! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Victorian Catmom
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
If just for the description of the moors themselves! Beautiful prose, but I expect nothing less from this author. Wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reading.
Published 1 month ago by jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line and wonderfully written
You just can't beat Daphne Du Maurier. Great story line and wonderfully written.
Published 1 month ago by Valerie
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Daphne du Maurier was born in 1906 and educated at home and in Paris. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. She was made a DBE in 1969 and died in 1989.

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