Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

by Daphne du Maurier
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Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

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.

Author Biography: Internationally acclaimed author Daphne du Maurier wrote 37 books before her death in 1989 at the age of 82.

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ISBN-13: 9780380000722
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/1971
Pages: 304

About the Author

Lisa Evans writes for theatre, radio and television. Her original stage plays include Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home, Under Exposure, Crime of the Century, The Shadow of Light and Christmas Without Herods. She has adapted The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and East Lynne for Birmingham Repertory Theatre's old Studio Theatre.

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Jamaica Inn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Buttered-Toast More than 1 year ago
Jamaica Inn by the English writer Daphne du Maurier is a classic. The story begins with 20 year-old Mary Yellan making her way to Jamaica Inn in a horse drawn coach, the darkness of the moors and the beating rain making her very anxious. Mary lived on a farm in Helford but had to leave after her mother died. As she was dying she asked Mary to go live with her Aunt Patience at Jamaica Inn. The journey to her aunt is anything but comforting. Upon arrival Mary finds her aunt a different person fro the sparkling, witty laughing woman she remembered. Aunt Patience seems aged 50 years and mutters constantly. She is clearly frightened of something and Mary comes to realize very quickly what, or shall I say who, is the reason. Mary’s Uncle Joss is a wicked man and he has illegal business affairs right there at the inn. The plot follows a group of murderous wreckers, Joss seemingly one who is in charge. They run ships aground using lanterns on the shore and kill the sailors then steal the cargo. Jamaica Inn is never open to the public yet every few weeks men come in the dark of the night, silently unloading carts of merchandise they have stolen from the wrecked ships. Mary foolishly becomes attracted to Joss’s younger brother, Jem. She realizes Jem does not have anything to do with her uncle’s murderous business although he is a horse thief. One day Mary decides to track her uncle across the moors so she can report the lot of them to the law. But it gets dark earlier than she thought it would and Mary is stranded, cold and wet and alone in the dark. Miraculously a horse drawn buggy comes along and she is rescued. Francis Davey, an albino vicar who lives in the next village, picks Mary up and takes her to his home. She tells the vicar the improbable tale of her uncle’s business expecting him to help her. He instead points out some weak points in her story and suggests she is letting her imagination get away from her. There is much more but if you haven’t read Du Maurier’s classic, I don’t want to give away the rest of the story. Soon I would like to read her other popular book, Rebecca. What would you like to eat if you were arriving on a damp, cold wintery evening to a near deserted inn on the moors? I would want a hot brisket dinner and loads of tea!
Ausonius More than 1 year ago
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- 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! So good!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very good book.
Bookworm1951 24 hours ago
A true Daphne du Maurier classic. I had read most of her books years ago but this is one I missed. As with all her writings, the story grabs you and doesn't let go. Her ability to weave a tale that contains all human emotions: love, hate, greed, violence, tenderness, good and evil makes her a true literary genius. A bit of a mystery with a twist at the end. A bit of a romance. A story of loss and one young woman's triumph over it all. The story has elements of another classed - Jane Eyre. If you enjoyed that book by Charlotte Bronte, you will like Jamaica Inn. The book was published in 1936 and the language is consistent with the time and place of the story which is in England and Scotland in the 1800's. Some readers may not like this style of language but bear in mind that it is appropriate to the story. Highly recommend this author.
PeaceG More than 1 year ago
I was anxious and curious to read this book. My all time favorite book has been Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier so I took a chance and added Jamaica Inn to my Nook. The book was a good mystery read with some surprises but more a work in progress when compared to Rebecca.
Imawiz More than 1 year ago
Daphne duMaurier is a great author. The story is suspenseful and intriguing. So well written. Interesting twist at the end. I recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My father introduced me to her books many years ago when I was in high school. I hadn't read this one but enjoyed it. A dark novel tells the tale of the stuggle of a young woman with determination. I enjoyed it.
felinepub More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite authors and book. Exciting and a great read.
lynnia_diep More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
AnneM217 More than 1 year ago
A classic had read before, just got one for my nook to re-read. Love Daphne DuMarier.
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mothman More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looked grateful. "Thanks, Ken. Oh, and could you please let go of my arms now? They're getting a bit numb...."
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joanna98446 More than 1 year ago
Although this book shows its age it also shows why it is a classic. I enjoyed reading it (again). I think I must have been in Jr. High when I read it the 1st time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago