Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du MaurierJamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

Jamaica Inn

byDaphne Du Maurier

Paperback | January 6, 1995

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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.

Born in London, the daughter of an actor, Gerald Du Maurier, and granddaughter of the novelist Goerge Du Maurier, Daphne Du Maurier was educated in Paris. Of her early life she wrote, "The Du Maurier family, like every other family in England, lived without fear of the future, happy in the security they believed to be enduring." In 193...
Title:Jamaica InnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.81 × 4.21 × 0.85 inPublished:January 6, 1995Publisher:Avon Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380725398

ISBN - 13:9780380725397


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner!! Another Gothic triumph for duMaurier!!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story, long descriptions I liked the story even though large parts of it were really slow and incredibly descriptive.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific This is a classic story combining romance, mystery, and adventure. The dark and dreary Gothic atmosphere pervades the story line and is in fact, essential to the story line. Jamaica Inn is not a place that the average traveler would want to go. Enter and find out.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow The other reviewers have said it all. This is a fantastic read
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gothic Tale, Pirates, Romance Mary Yellen is a 23 year old who lives on a peaceful farm when her mom dies. She is forced to move in with her aunt Patience and terrifying uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn (which is a real 18th century Inn, made famous by this novel-- the structure still stands). Jamaica Inn has a bad reputation mainly because Joss Merlyn hosts evenings with pirates and bad company. Mary stays at the Inn for her aunt. What follows midway through the novel is a romance with an unexpected character (won't spoil it). The atmosphere of this novel is very Gothic, mainly due to the night time pirates and the fog-covered moors by which the Inn is surrounded. Du Maurier is an excellent storyteller. Her descriptions, the atmosphere, character depth, and language uses are absolutely flawless. I will definitely read Rebecca in the near future. What I did not enjoy was that Jamaica Inn (published 1936) tried very hard to sound like Wuthering Heights(1847). The two works are almost 90 years apart and I think Du Maurier could have really accomplished more in her novel if she would have used the tools and writing techniques developed in that time for an atmosphere suitable for her contemporary audience (we're even past the Jazz age at this point). In addition, the romance which begins half-way through the novel feels very forced. The relationship is not developed nor explored and feels unnecessary, which is why the second part of the novel really lacks substance and the narrative takes several directions after the half way point. This is a shame because it really takes away from the great atmosphere built in the first half. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes Gothic novels, and pirates! Also I would count this novel as straddling the line of a "classic" and "mainstream literature from that time." It's not too heavy but it's well written. I will definitely read more by this author
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic tale of intrigue set in Cornwall I love this book and along with Rebecca, it is my favourite book of hers. The story hooks you in straight from the start and doesn't let go. Sit by a nice open fire and cuddle up with this amazing book.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Preferred Rebecca Unlike many, I didn't feel this book lived up to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. It's gloominess is too pervasing throughout the book, with too few breaks from it. There was however never a question of not finishing it, as I couldn't help caring how it ended. In the romance department, I felt the heroine made too much of a moral compromise.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Had to read this for a class and was not looking forward to it, but it was such a pleasant surprise! Really great. I'm a Brontë fan and found a lot of great parallels within this book.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spoiler alert: Does not take place in Jamaica :) For some reason, I was never introduced to Daphne du Maurier's writing until I was 27. Tragic. This book is a perfect read for a blustery autumn day. du Maurier's writing is clear, easy to read, and she does well in evoking the moody atmosphere of an inn along the coast in Cornwall. Mary is a delightful heroine. Don't be put off by the whispery BBC adaptation.
Date published: 2016-11-22

From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

"A fine romantic tale...Rich in suspense and surprise"--" The New York Times Book Review""One of the most entertaining writers of the century"" Chicago Daily News"