When Mary Yellan, a farmer's daughter from Helford, obeyed her mother's dying wish and went to live with her aunt near Bodmin, she had no idea that her attractive, laughing relative was married to the landlord of Jamaica Inn, miles from anywhere on Bodmin Moor. As the coachman warned her: 'Respectable folk don't go to Jamaica any more'. And as her ...Read MoreWhen Mary Yellan, a farmer's daughter from Helford, obeyed her mother's dying wish and went to live with her aunt near Bodmin, she had no idea that her attractive, laughing relative was married to the landlord of Jamaica Inn, miles from anywhere on Bodmin Moor. As the coachman warned her: 'Respectable folk don't go to Jamaica any more'. And as her evil giant of an uncle soon told her, after a few glasses of brandy: 'I'm not drunk enough to tell you why I live in this God-forgotten spot, and why I'm the landlord of Jamaica Inn.' In her first famous novel Daphne du Maurier transferred the world of the Bronte's to Cornwall in the early nineteenth century. In the dark events along the Cornish coast, in the ugly brutality of Joss Merlyn, and in the enigmatic character of his brother Jem, the reader gets an exciting foretaste of her next novel, Rebecca.Read Less
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Wonderful story! Love it! Definitely will read it again.
Dec 1, 2008
Intense English Thriller
Mary is a young woman who goes to live with her aunt after becoming an orphan without means of support. Her aunt and the aunt's husband run an inn and restaurant along the rugged Engish coast. It is a territory filled with dangerous swampy moors, and rough sailors. Mary works in the bar to earn her keep but no guests seems to ever stay at the inn. In fact, most people avoid the establishment entirely. Mary's aunt's abusive husband leads a group of men who cause the wrecking of ships carrying goods. The group salvages the goods, divides the booty and leaves the ship's crew to drown. Mary discovers their terrible secrets (which uncle is not happy about) and with the help of a new gentleman friend tries to flee her home at the inn. As you can imagine, running away is not easy and it does not go well. This is a well-written story with an interesting story line and plot. It will hold your interest well.
Aug 3, 2007
Not a tropic venture, but a British classic!
Realizing that Daphne Du Maurier has written other notable bestsellers than her acclaimed REBECCA, I decided to find her other masterpieces and read them. The astounding perspective of a young innocent young girl is not only the most popular of all character perception, but is a genuinely classic descprition. Though the book wasn't as great as Rebecca, I find the depiction of the ship wreckers was completely accurate and more inspiring with the undertones in Romance between the two characters and the suspense of the climax and the final chapters. This tale of love and mystery will most likely continue to thrive on the shelves of our bookstores.
Apr 27, 2007
This is the first book by Daphne DuMaurier, that I have read. Since I am interested in Celtic information, I thought this book, written by Daphne DuMaurier, who lived in Cormwall, and is the location of the story, would suit me very well. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this book very much. And would recommend it to anyone else, who enjoy a good story that is well written.
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