Jamaica Inn by Daphne du MaurierThe coachman tried to warn her away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But young Mary Yellan chose instead to honor her mothers dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and huge, hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inns dark power. But never did Mary dream that she would become hopelessly ensnared in the vile, villainous schemes being hatched within its crumbling walls -- or that a handsome, mysterious stranger would so incite her passions ... tempting her to love a man whom she dares not trust.
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There she finds Patience a changed woman, downtrodden by her domineering, vicious husband Joss Merlyn. The inn is a front for a lawless gang of criminals, and Mary is unwillingly dragged into their dangerous world of smuggling and murder. Before long she will be forced to cross her own moral line to save herself. The new covers are lovely — really eye catching and I now plan to add them all to my collection. I was sent Jamaica Inn to review and I really enjoyed it. It appealed to me on a number of levels; as a fan of historical fiction I loved the plot set in the early s; as a fan of Cornwall I enjoyed the descriptions and setting and as a fan of novels that err on the Gothic side I loved the dark suspense and mystery of the story. The tension begins to build from the opening pages and Du Maurier keeps raising it little by little until my heart was in my mouth wondering what would come next.
Daphne du Maurier. She had obviously just strung a new ribbon in her cap in some small attempt to brighten her dress…It was bright scarlet and showed up in horrible contrast to the pallor of her face. Patience is a terrified wraith of a woman trying to put on a front for her niece, but she soon confides in Mary that certain questions should never be asked. Such as how the inn, with its bare cobwebby rooms, does business at all. Such as why nobody respectable ever visits it.
First published in , 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
J amaica Inn is an odd book. The whole novel feels rather like some sort of surreal dream, and indeed Daphne Du Maurier is at her best when recounting the vivid nightmares experienced by the heroine, Mary Yellan. There she finds herself tossed into a dramatic world of windswept Cornish moors, raging seas and shocking human brutality, as she is drawn inexorably in to the smuggling, theft and murder committed by Joss Merlyn and his associates. It could be argued that the confused impressions experienced by the reader reflect the bewilderment felt by Mary herself as she tries to tell right from wrong in, what is to her, an utterly alien world. However, while Du Maurier has successfully created a romantically gothic atmosphere, I found her characterisation less convincing.
Jamaica Inn is a novel by the English writer Daphne du Maurier , first published in It was later made into a film, also called Jamaica Inn , directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It is a period piece set in Cornwall in It was inspired by du Maurier's stay at the real Jamaica Inn , which still exists and is a pub in the middle of Bodmin Moor. Mary Yellan, twenty nine years old, was brought up on a farm in Helford. After her mother's death, Mary goes to live with her only surviving relative, her mother's sister, Patience Merlyn, in a coaching inn called Jamaica Inn. Patience's husband, Joss Merlyn, is a local bully, stands almost seven feet tall and is a drunk.