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With midnight-smuggling and murder lurking behind a thinly-veiled mystery, I expected "THRILLS and CHILLS!" from this story.
For its time, perhaps it was thrilling...NO!...No, I will not defend it. The "what's going on behind the scenes?!" tension is teased out to beyond caring and the characterizat ...more
First published in 1935, this haunting gothic tale of adventure begins when a brave, young Mary Yellan adheres to her mother's dying wish that she live with her fun-loving Aunt Patience, but upon arrival at the sinister looking and desolate JAMAICA INN, Mary finds her Aunt has turned into a gaunt nervous wreck of a person with a spirit destroyed by abuse and fear of her violent drunkard of a husband, Uncle Joss.
As the story evolves and darkness falls....bad things....evi...more
It's early 19C in Southern Cornwall and Mary Yellen's dying mother asks her to sell the family farm and join her Aunt Patience and her husband at Jamaica Inn in ...more
The plot may seem over-the-top, but du Maurier excels in this genre, carefully laying the groundwork for a creepy, foreboding atmosphere. Instead of g ...more
On her deathbed, Mary Yellan’s mother exacts a promise from her daughter – that she w ...more
Now this author could write:
'And then I'll feel the thirst come on me and I'll soak. Soak for hours. It's power, and glory, and women, and the Kingdom of God, all rolled into one. I feel a king then, Mary. I feel I've got the strings of the world between my two fingers. It's heaven and hell. '
Daphne du Maurier has style. The woman has a way with words that is as enchanting as her story concepts themselves. She had a bravery in writing realistic characters who are flawed, shining gems. I was fir ...more
It was so good and so nail-biting near the end that I wanted to peak. But because it was so good I didn't dare!
Mary Yellen has come to the moors of Jamaica Inn to one, fulfill her promise to her dead mother and two because she needs ...more
Poor Mary has no idea what she's getting in to when she goes to live with her aunt and uncle! This book has murder, smugglers, deception, and a quiet romantic thread. It had me from page 1!
I loved Rebecca, it was beautifully and thoughtfully written, but Jamaica Inn leaves me cold and it shouldn't. I really didn't want it to. It has all of the ingredients of a dark and exciting adventure and yet...it is populated by caricatures, larger than life and impossible to beleive in. The albino priest, the drunken landlord and his colourless wife...the smugglers, the cliches of the boggy more. No no no.
Admittedly it was a less mature novel than R ...more
Those wishes turned out to be very unpleasant for Mary. Mary had to endure her uncle's horribly mean disposition, his illegal activities, his mistreatment of Aunt Patience, and Mary's being pulled into it all.
Mary saw things at Jamaica Inn that she had never seen before. For one thing, this Inn never had any guests except for unsavory characters.
The set ...more
WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I read Rebecca in early 2012 and adored it, so it was about time to pick up another Daphne du Maurier! Virago got in touch to offer copies of Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek or Jamaica Inn as part of the blog tour to celebrate the new adult (left) and young adult (right) editions of the books.
WHY I Chose to Read It
I have already read and reviewed Rebecca . As for Frenchman's Creek , I don't know how I feel about pirates ...more
The writing is, as expected, gorgeous. Just like in Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, it is very atmospheric. There is, no doubt, an air of Emily and Charlotte Bronte's style about it. Considering that I am a huge fan of both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, that's a big plus. Du Maurier is also very skillful at building suspense. A feeling of dread and foreboding is maintained throughout the novel making it an intense reading ...more
Content PG for domestic violence and very ugly murders.
Needlessly, I had worried that the 2nd book I would read by Daphne du Maurier could only pale in comparison to Rebecca, but happily that was not the case. I recommend her writing to anyone intimidated by classics as the two I have read thus far by her have both been fast moving and captivating. This one was very atmospheric - loved the creepy gothic feel and the way she pulls you right down into the moors.
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-Mary was a decent heroine for the most part. I liked how she remained relatively cool and level headed when faced with difficult/dangerous situations, her loyalty towards her abused aunt was great too. What was annoying about her though was how she fell for Jem (her abusive uncle's younger brother) after meeting him two times and kissing him once. She didn't even know him yet she acted like a lovesick tween. It was even more pathetic because Jem reminded her of her disgus ...more
This was a very interesting and dark story which is what I was expecting from Daphne du Maurier, and the setting of the book was made to perfection: the foggy moors and the creepy Jamaica Inn. From the beginning I found myself enthralled in this setting and I was eager to continue on with my reading.
However, while this book contains a lot of the elements I love such as mystery, darkness and unreliable characters, I didn't feel like this book connected as much with me as Rebecca. I ...more
Du Maurier's writing is superb, in my opinion. For example, she writes about the "granite sky and a mizzlin ...more
I'm a big fan of re-reading books. Some I read over and over because slipping into a favourite book's pages is both comforting and like visiting an old friend. With other books it can be interesting to see how my views change over time. Books I once hated I now love, but (tragically) sometimes books I loved I no longer like. It's fascinating to see my reactions to books change over time as I age, experience different things and so on. More often than not, those books I'm re- ...more
Well this one came to me as a recommendation… and one gladly heeded. I really enjoyed reading it. Daphne du Maurier tells an amazing story. And her ability to set a chilling scene is like no other.
There was a silence on the tors that belonged to another age; an age that is past and vanished as though it had never been, an age when man did not exist, but pagan footsteps trod upon the hills. And there was a stillness in the air, and a stranger, older peace, that was not the peace of God ...more
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In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles that of a fairy tale. Born int ...more