- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (6 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844080390
- ISBN-13: 978-1844080397
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.2 x 20.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 476 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jamaica Inn (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – 6 Mar 2003
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Daphne du Maurier has no equal (Sunday Telegraph)
A true classic (Amazon.com)
Jamaica Inn is perhaps the most accomplished historical romance ever written (Good Book Guide)
Jamaica Inn is a first-rate page-turner (The Times)
A dark tale. A brilliant thriller (Daily Express)
A perfect fusion of gothic romance and a young woman's rite of passage in the vein of Twilight and Wuthering Heights (Independent)
Daphne du Maurier has no equal
A true classic
Jamaica Inn is perhaps the most accomplished historical romance ever written
Jamaica Inn is a first-rate page-turner
* By one of the 20th century's best loved storytellers.
* A classic tale of murder, mystery and passion - compare to Wuthering Heights.
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The story is about a young orphan , Mary Yeller who comes to live with her aunt following the death of her parents. When she arrives at the inn she sees her aunt is a shadow of her former self. Although Mary doesn't like it at the Inn she doesn't want to leave her aunt on her own. As Mary uncovers secrets and the evil lurking in the inn which is only frequented by criminals and not any respectable citizen, she gets drawn into some dangerous situations and finds the truth is even darker then initially anticipated which when discovered changes her forever. Along the way she meets Jem, her Uncle's horse thieving brother who forms the main love interest although there isn't a romantic bone in his body :) and also the mysterious albino Vicar Francis Davey.
A haunting tale of an evil and brooding inn landlord up to no good amongst the backdrop of the forbidding moors.
Lovely book, makes me want to visit Cornwall more then ever.
Orphaned Mary Yellan is sent to stay with her Aunt Patience at the eponymous inn, where she expects to find the happy, lively woman she once know. But Patience is a changed woman; a frightened little shadow of her former self, she seems to be entirely in thrall to her husband, the dark and threatening Uncle Joss. Mary does her best to fit into this strange household, where nobody vistis or stays, and where the family live in virtual isolation. Then begin the strange goings on and noises at night, and as the story unfolds, Mary gradually discovers the terrible secrets ot Jamaica Inn and its inhabitants, and against her will, she gets drawn into them.
This is a tale of mystery, adventure, and murder, but also of love, as Mary - a spirited and courageous heroine - struggles to do what is right while being gradually overhwhelmed by the evil that surrounds her. Du Maurier evokes tmosphere as few other authors do, and this eyrie and gripping novel has all the elements of a riveting read. HIghly recommended.
I was prompted to read the Jamaica Inn after watching the BBCs recent adaptation of it. There are some subtle changes and it an interesting exercise to explore for them. Personally, I enjoyed both versions immensely and the story remains to this day a classic adventure with a dressing of romance and I thoroughly recomme
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