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Jamaica Inn [Mass Market Paperback]

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Book by Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great captivating novel of suspense and emotion June 2 2001
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This exciting novel is very deep psychologically. Young and ignorant Mary Yellan is suddenly faced with the terrors and dangers of the world, when her loving mother tragically passes away and she travels to live with her dark and immoral uncle, Joss Merlyn. Not even the wise advice of the coach driver could prevent Mary from disobeying her dying mother's plead that Mary would join her Aunt Patience at Jamaica Inn. And so Mary Yellan's courageous journey begins in the coach heading for Jamaica Inn in the pouring rain. As Mary arrived at Jamaica Inn she already had a sense of the building's dark power, but never did she dream that she would become helplessly entrapped in the inn's vile and crumbling walls. As days turn to weeks, Mary's curiosity for her uncle's mysterious trade grows. Customers are not accepted at Jamaica Inn, instead, during the night, covered wagons arrive at Jamaica Inn carrying strangers and illegal goods. Mary discovers the evilness of the inn and desires to leave it immediately, but she knows that she can't abandon her aunt with her heinous uncle. To add to her troubles, Mary meets the landlord's brother and falls disastrously in love with him. However, this love is tormented by doubts as Jem's behavior changes and clues lead to his guilt of a murder. Mary found him to be so charming, however he is a horse-thief. Can Mary survive this dangerous situation?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark romance Jan. 1 2001
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Set sometime in early nineteenth century Cornwall, this is a novel about Mary Yellan, a young woman who is left alone in the world when her mother dies. She must go and live with her mother's sister, Aunt Patience and her dark and dangerous husband, Joss Merlyn. They keep the Jamaica Inn on a lonely forbidding spot on the Moors - but no casual passer-by's stop there, nor any coaches. Mary soon learns there is something grim going on. Her uncle is involved in some violent and illicit trade, and there is a sinister person who is directing her uncle's secret business. It would be difficult for Mary to leave, but she won't leave without her Aunt Patience. Despite the violence from Joss, Aunt Patience has turned into a scared, fluttering, fey creature who seems unable to leave. Then there Jem Merlyn, her uncle's much younger brother and for whom Mary begins to feel a conflict of emotion. Can she trust Jem? He is her hated uncle's brother after all. Yet despite this and him being a horse-thief and a care-for-nothing she finds herself falling in love with him.
I really enjoyed this book - the first du Maurier I had read, and it has certainly made me keen to read more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica Inn Oct. 27 2000
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An account of the dark reality of life and human nature. A grim way of life in crime, murder, and abuses. The characters are caught in the horrid crimes of the times. Of smuggling, luring and purposely wrecking ships, murdering passengers and crew, and retrieving the contraband for a wide spread and voracious black market. The story takes place on the English Coast, in the 18th century, when this was a regular and almost accepted practice back then. Those who profitted from the greed and the darkness' of the crimes, were people from high standing in thier communities, to the lowest riff raff of society. While I value the book as a source of awareness, and for a good history lesson, of this time in history, I found it dark, sinister and depressing. Maybe that was the whole point to the book. The heroine Mary, was even hard for me to like very much. She did show some strength of character and high morals, surrounded by wholly immoral sinister and weak people. But she just seemed too naive, too simple, and too much the victim. I thought the book was predictable in the outcome and rather slow going, almost boring. I didn't like the message of this book for women. Maybe I am getting too critical or am just bored of reading night after night after night, I don't know. That is why I chose a Classic this time. There is just so much trash out there, I thought a good classic would be a safe bet. I should love this book for being a classic, shouldn't I? Maybe I was expecting too much. Sometimes when I finish a book, as I am putting it down, I think to myself, "dumb" or "stupid" or "stupid ending" or "waste of time". Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great author, good book.
I've loved Daphne Du Maurier for years, ever since seeing the movie version of "Rebecca" as a young girl, and later, reading the novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5) A spooky, gothic tale perfect for a stormy October night
"Roads? Who spoke of roads? We go by the moor and the hills, and tread granite and heather as the Druids did before us. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2008 by Misfit
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gothic tale that rings dark and mysterious to the end.
Mary Yellan is our spunky protagonist who has come to stay with her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss, and evil man who is the landlord at Jamaica Inn. Read more
Published on June 4 2002 by Denise Bentley
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Classic but Definitely Worth Reading
For anyone who likes romance and suspense, this book is for you. I agree that sometimes the book drags on, but then so do many classics... Read more
Published on June 3 2001 by Diana
3.0 out of 5 stars HELLO?
Excuse me miss 17-year-old from the Netherlands but you just gave away the entire plot of the book. Nice going. Thanks. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2000 by Margaret Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Although not as deep emotionally as Rebecca, DuMurier did a nice job in changing the setting and time period to one that is totally different. Read more
Published on Dec 7 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous thriller!
This book tells the story of Mary Yellan, who comes to live at Jamaica Inn, a place with a very bad name. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
A mysterious, thrilling , romantic novel. You can see one character's fear in his jumpy movement, hear another's anger in his dirty talk. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have not read Rebecca you may appreciate this book
more. Even though I like some of the others who reviewed this book prefered Rebecca. I do not however think these are two books that should be compaired. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 1999
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