Jamaica Inn [NOOK Book]

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"A fine romantic tale...rich in suspense and surprise." --New York Times Book Review

On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honor of her mother's dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn's brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the ...
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Overview

"A fine romantic tale...rich in suspense and surprise." --New York Times Book Review

On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honor of her mother's dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn's brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls -- and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

Jamaica Inn looms against the rain-swept November sky. Upon her arrival, Mary discovers that her aunt has been transformed into a frightened crone and that midnight's crimes make Jamaica Inn empty of all good men. Neither the chill of night nor the threat of death and danger will prevent Mary from searching for answers to the mysteries surrounding the notorious Jamaica Inn. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316252904
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 40,296
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the actor Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of the author and artist George du Maurier. Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931, but it would be her fifth novel, Rebecca, that made her one of the most popular authors of her day. Besides novels, du Maurier wrote plays, biographies, and several collections of short fiction. Many of her works were made into films, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, "Don't Look Now," and "The Birds." She lived most of her life in Cornwall, and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1969.
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Chapter One

It was a cold grey day in late November, The weather had changed overnight when a backing wind brought a granite sky and a mizzling rain with it,and although it was now only a little after two o'clock in the afternoon the pallour of a winter eveningseemed to have closed upon the hills, cloaking them in mist. It would be dark by four. The air was clammy cold, and for all the tightly closed windows It penetrated the interior of the coach. The leather seats damp to the hands, and there must have been a small crack in the roof, because now and again little drips of rain fell softly through, smudging the leather and leaving a dark blue stain like a splodge of ink. The Wind came in gusts, at times shaking the coach as it travelled round the bend of the road, and in the exposed places on the high ground it blew with such force that the whole body of the coach trembled and swayed, rocking between the high wheels like a drunken man.

The driver, muffled in a greatcoat to his ears, bent almost double in his seat; in a faint endeavour to gain shelter from his own shoulders, while the dis pirited horses plodded sullenly to his command, too broken by the wind and the rain to feel the whip that now and again cracked above their heads, while it: swung between the numb fingers of the driver.

The wheels of the coach creaked and groaned as they sank onto the rats on the road, and sometimes they flung up the soft spattered mud against the windows, where it mingled with the constant driving rain, and whatever view there might have been of the countryside was hopelessly obscured.

The few passengers huddled together for warmth, exclaiming in unison whenthe coach sank into a heavier rut than usual, and one old fellow, who had kept up a constant complaint ever since he had joined the coach at Truro, rose from his seat in a fury, and, fumbling with the window sash, let the window down with a crash, bringing a shower of rain in upon himself and his fellow passengers. He thrust his head out and shouted up to the driver, cursing him in a high petulant voice for a rogue and a murderer; that they would all be dead before they reached Bodmin if he persisted in driving at breakneck speed; they had no breath left in their bodies as it was, and he for one would never travel by coach again.

Whether the driver heard him or not was uncertain; it seemed more likely that the stream of reproaches was carried away in the wind, for the old fellow, after waiting a moment, put up the window again, having thoroughly chilled the interior of the coach, and, settling himself once more in his comer, wrapped his blanket about his knees and muttered in his heard.

His nearest neighbour, a jovial red-faced woman in blue cloak, sighed heavily in sympathy, and, witha wink to anyone who might be looking and a jerk of her head towards the old man, she remarked for at least the twentieth time that it was the dirtiest night she ever remembered, and she had known some; that it was proper old weather and no mistaking It for

Summer this time; and, burrowing into the depths of a large basket she brought out a greatand plunged into it with strong white teeth.

Mary YeIlan sat in the opposite comer, where the trickle of rain oozed through the crack in the roof. Sometimes a cold drip of moisture fell upon her shoulder, which she brushed away with impatient fingers.

She sat with her chin capped in her hands, her eyes fixed on the window splashed with mud and rain, hoping with a sort of desperate interest that some ray of light would break the heavy blanket of sky, and but a momentary trace of that lost blue heaven that had mantled Helford yesterday shine for an instant as a forerunner of fortune,

Already, though barely forty miles by road from what had been her home for three-and-twenty years, the hope within her heart had tired, and that rather gallant courage which was so large a part of her, and had stood her in such stead during the long agony of her mother's illness and death, was now shaken by this first fall of rain and the nagging wind.

The country was alien to her, which was a defeat in itself. As she peered through the misty window of the coach she looked out upon a different world from the one she had known only a day's journey back. How remote now and hidden perhaps for ever were the shining waters of Helford, the green hills and the sloping valleys, the white cluster of cottages at the water's edge. It was a gentle rain that fell at Helford, a rain that pattered in the many trees and lost itself in the lush grass, formed into brooks and rivulets that emptied into the broad river, sank into the grateful so which gave back flowers in payment.

This was a lashing, pitiless rain that string the windows of the coach and it soaked into a hard and barren soil. No trees here, save one or two that stretched bare branches to the four winds, bent and twisted from centuries of storm, and so blackened were they by time and tempest that even if spring did breathe on such a place, no buds would dare to come to leaf for fear that the late frost should kill them. It was a scrubby land, without hedgerow or Meadow; a country of stones, black heather, and stunted broom.

There would never be a gentle season here, thought Mary; either grim winter as it was today, or else the dry and parching heat of midsummer, with never

Jamaica Inn. Copyright © by Daphne Du Maurier. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2002

    Don't judge a book by its cover.

    I read this book when I was in the 8th grade. I wasn't very big on reading, but I had to pick a book from a list of classics for a book report. I'm glad I picked Jamaica Inn. The story was mysterious and always kept you thinking. Filled with plot twists, the ending is a huge surprise. This was the first book that I actually liked reading, so it's one of my favorites.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    Daphne's Fan

    I have the oportunity to read several books from her when i was a teenager, something that amaze me is the focus on details that this writer emphasized, even though that this is not a love story, one can say that is a strugle betwen the evil instincts of the human nature agains what is good and honorable.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    My Favorite Book

    I read this book for the first time several years ago, and it stil continues to be my favorite book. It has everything you need- suspense, violence, mystery, and love.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    Leona

    This is very good book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    Great Book

    I just got dome reading Jamaica Inn and it was outstandingly wonderful. It had a little bit of everything all thrown into one. Mystery, suspense, romacnce and reality. I would recommend this this book to anyone who likes reading anything at all!!!Just give it a try!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Actually a 3.75 for me. I wasn’t completely enchanted with

    Actually a 3.75 for me. I wasn’t completely enchanted with the goings on of Jamaica Inn.

    Although this was not Ms. Du Marnier’s most famous work it should not be over looked. It has held up surprisingly well for a story written in 1936. By today’s standards it is wordy and over-descriptive leaving the readers mind to wander. It was a also bit jarring to keep seeing the characters first and surnames being utilized. It was another minor note that became annoying as it went on. Again differences in acceptable writing styles have occurred since this book was written.

    Regarding the story itself, the synopsis is designed to not provide a lot of information about what the story holds and I actually liked that – it added to the mystery of the piece. The pacing of the plot was designed to increase the tension of the moment and it did – very well. The characters were drawn vividly enough so they had definable personalities and possibly my modern brain kept bumping into the stupidity of some character actions – they were quite visual. Some of these characters could actually serve as the prototype for famous clichés such as the drunken landlord, the albino priest, the drab & fearful wife, the boggy moor. This is a multi-layered story covering quite a few dark crimes people commit that fans of historical literature shouldn’t miss.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Absolutley wonderful, amazing, great, extrodinary, admirable, amazing, astonishing, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, brilliant, cool*, divine*, dynamite, enjoyable, excellent, fabulous, fantastic, fine, groovy*, incredible, magnificent, marvelous

    I loved it! So good!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    A provocative story of survival

    The book ¿ The Jamaica Inn¿ written by Daphne Du Maurier is set in England during the mid-eighteen hundreds. The story is written about a young girl named Mary Yellen. Her mother dies, and she is sent to live with an aunt she barely knows. When she arrives she meets her tyrant of an uncle, Joss Merlyn. It is seen in the beginning he is a horribly shady man, and he is the owner of the very dismal Jamaica Inn. Mary finds early on that her uncle is involved in many evil deeds. He is a brute throughout the story and is very cruel and abusive to Mary. As she ages she falls in love with her uncle¿s brother, Jem. They go through many terrible situations throughout the story, and Mary¿s hope weakens. She protects her aunt until her and her husband¿s brutal deaths, after which she lives the life she chooses. Daphne Du Maurier did an incredible job of allowing the reader to share in Mary¿s pain throughout the story. The brutally cruel environment of the novel is placed right into the reader¿s reality. However, many of the brutalities that are portrayed were too intense. By the time they are over, the reader is too enthralled with the last situation to fully appreciate the next. Overall, the story is a triumph of love and war. It is an incredible portrayal of good fighting not to be consumed by evil. The theme is just that good versus evil, and good prevails. Her characters and her descriptive language give the overwhelming sense that courage and fortitude can overcome the hardships of life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    an amazing book with romance, and a fantastic mystery

    one of the BEST books i've ever read--the book has love, doubt, fear...suspence....everything you could possibly need to keep you turning the pages.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    The emphasis on scene and atmosphere

    I'm a foreign reader and Daphne du Maurier was the first novelist I've ever read in English. In this story (as in most of her stories) I've enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the landscape in which the story is occuring, the nightmarish loneliness of the heroine, and the ominous atmosphere that surronded the all scene.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    What a story! Each time I read it am struck yet again at the des

    What a story! Each time I read it am struck yet again at the descriptive power of Ms duMaurier's writing.I am THERE with Mary on the moors, hearing Joss Merlin describe his "stormy night activities" falling in love with Jem. This book is a CLASSIC.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    Even in thrillers, the human race makes time to reproduce. And w

    Even in thrillers, the human race makes time to reproduce. And whatever else it is, Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel JAMAICA INN is a thriller. Its heroine moves into serious dangers and adventures all alone, with no outside forces as reliable allies or protectors. So at some vague point in the early 19th Century newly orphaned 23-year old Mary Yellan moves to the moors of Cornwall to work in Jamaica Inn, owned by Joss Merlyn, ten years married to Mary's aunt Patience. Giant Joss is a mean drunk, wife abuser, and leader of a hundred strong gang of smugglers and killers. Mary lives only to remove her poor aunt from Jamaica Inn and bring her uncle and brigands to justice.  ***

    That is the plot of JAMAICA INN, thriller.  ***
    The novel is also a dark study in man-woman relations in general. Aunt Patience is not the only otherwise sensible woman in Cornwall who adores an unworthy male. Mary Yellan had seen the same thing happen among the young in her home village of Helford. Mary had concluded that romance or at least sheer rutting and mating is as animal among humans as among chickens and horses. There is no explaining why reasonable women pick the wrong mates. Mary reflects on this paradox over and over as she falls in love with Jem Merlyn, her Uncle Joss's horse stealing much younger brother.  ***

    JAMAICA INN is also justly famed for its gothic descriptions of the bleak moors, storms and rocky coasts of Cornwall. The reader feels in himself Mary's depression imprisoned at least for one winter in these treacherous uplands of Cornwall.  ***  
    One of the most mysterious of all Daphne du Maurier's many dark males is the Reverend Vicar Francis Davey. The Vicar is an albino, weird in appearance and behavior but kind to and empathetic with Mary Yellan. Mary has to unbosom herself to someone about the foul deeds of Uncle Joss and his cutthroats. And reluctantly she does so with two men that make her uncomfortable, Vicar Davey and horse thief Jem Merlyn. She also wonders at times if her alcoholic Uncle Joss is bright enough to mastermind his network of blackguards. Is there a mastermind behind Joss Meryn? Could he be the very bright horse thief Jem? Could he be the Vicar who has drawn a picture of himself in his pulpit as a wolf preaching to a congregation with sheeps' faces?  ***

    JAMAICA INN is not a book that you have to read more than once to make sense of.  It is clearly written and moves very fast. Not precisely a whodunnit, it is more a who is it: who is the hidden mastermind (if any) behind the smugglers of Jamaica Inn? A map of Cornwall would be a great help to non-British readers. And the standard English that the simple folk of Cornwall speak as well as the often elevated level of thought displayed by Mary Yellan, Aunt Priscilla and Joss Merlyn put a wee strain on realism.  -OOO- 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Imposible de olvidar! La he leido tantas veces!

    Imposible de olvidar! La he leido tantas veces!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Get to enjoy "Jamaica Inn" book of Daphne Du Maurier.

    I got this book for my summer reading. Probably, Daphne Du Maurier is my favorite author for the school books. I've read "Rebecca" and have been in love with that book. And now, I have same feeling with this "Jamaica Inn". A little of scary, a little of romance, and the feeling of uncontrollable excited to get to the end of this book. Jamaica Inn really is a good book.

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    An awesome book

    I'm going to tell you about a terrific book called Jamaica Inn. It's about a young woman named Mary Yellan, who must move to her aunt and uncles inn called the Jamaica Inn. When she gets there, she realizes that her uncle Joss is an abusive brute, and her aunt Patience is a thoughtless slave around Joss. On her first night at the inn, Mary hears noises outside her window. There are men slipping various items into the inn. She soon realizes that her uncle Joss is in a smuggling ring and she must find a way to alert the authorities without her uncle figuring it out. Then Joss goes out for a while, and a squire comes to search the inn. When Joss comes back, he's angry. He rants at Mary and Patience about him not being allowed in there.
    Then, fast-forwarding a little bit to Christmas Eve, Mary is kidnapped by her uncle and taken to view them murdering a ship full of people.
    What happens in the end, read the book to find out!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    THIS WAS AWESOME!!

    Jamaica Inn was an awesome read! I could not even put it down for a second. You can take joys when Mary triumphs and let a tear fall when she fails. Oh and when you get to the end, get ready for a shock that you will have never suspected. And I'm not talking about Mary and Jem.

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