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Jamaica Inn

Du Maurier, Daphne, 1907-1989

(Paperback - 1971)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Jamaica Inn
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Baker & Taylor
After her mother dies, Mary Yellan goes to live with her aunt and uncle at the mysterious Jamaica Inn where she is terrified by the ruthless lawbreakers that frequent the roadhouse

HARPERCOLL

The 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 mother's 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 inn's 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.



Baker
& Taylor

Mary Yellin honors her mother's dying request and travels to the menacing Jamaica Inn, looming on the moors of Cornwall, where she finds villainous, evil schemes and a handsome, mysterious stranger. By the author of Rebecca. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 1971, c1936
ISBN: 9780380725397
0380725398
Branch Call Number: PR6007 .J3 1971
FIC D
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 18 cm.

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Jan 26, 2015
  • johndouglashey rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The strength of the novel lies in its close association with the rugged landscape and coastline of Cornwall, and particularly the detailed descriptions of Bodmin Moor, on which the author apparently spent a great deal of time examining the hills and marshes. In this respect, comparison with the fine Wessex novels of Thomas Hardy, based in Dorset, is interesting. This novel is marred, however, by a striking discrepancy between the vocabulary and manner of speech of the characters, and the supposed period of events (Regency period, ca. 1810): the characters belong instead to period of Daphne du Maurier, ca. 1930. The reader will note certain words, e.g 'trek' [Cape Dutch, which entered the English language only after the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1901)], which no-one of the Jane Austin period would have understood. It is surprising that she, unlike her contemporary Georgette Heyer, who prepared her novels in this respect with meticulous care, made so little effort to adapt her writing to the historical period. The novel is, certainly, far stronger in terms of human emotion and adventure, than anything which Georgette Heyer wrote, but nowhere does "Jamaica Inn" come close to the subtlety and descriptive power of Thomas Hardy.
Those who associate the title with the fine film of Alfred Hitchcock (starring Charles Laughton) will be surprised to note how widely the film and the book differ. In my opinion, Hitchcock has done well to replace the implausible Vicar of Altarnun with Sir Humphrey Pengallan, a very clever notion which works well on screen.

Jul 28, 2014
  • llongpine rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was somewhat disappointed in this book. It was ok but not nearly as good as Rebecca or Frenchman's Creek. The story was kind of slow and the ending was a let down.

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