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Värdshuset Jamaica (1936)

av Daphne du Maurier

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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 dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls -- and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.… (mer)
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    Falling Creatures av Katherine Stansfield (Becchanalia)
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    Döden spelar falskt av Ian Fleming (Sylak)
    Sylak: Another story involving a complex central character worth a good read.
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    Att ha och inte ha av Ernest Hemingway (Sylak)
    Sylak: Another story involving themes of smuggling and alcoholism.
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    Burnt Mountain av Anne Rivers Siddons (silva_44)
    silva_44: Although the plot isn't very similar, Burnt Mountain reminds me of Jamaica Inn because of the peculiar psychotic actions of characters in each.
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    North and South av Elizabeth Gaskell (AdonisGuilfoyle)
    AdonisGuilfoyle: Mary Yellan reminded me very much of Gaskell's heroine Margaret Hale: both are young, outspoken, and are strong enough to cope with life's hardships and sorrows. And there is a comparison of 'north' and 'south' Cornwall in Du Maurier's novel, too!… (mer)
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From the book jacket: The coachman tried to warn young Mary Yellan away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But Mary chose instead to honor her mother’s dying request that she join her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn’s dark power.

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What a wonderfully atmospheric, dark, sinister tale! I shivered with the damp, cold fog, strained to see by faint candle or lamp light, listened to the whistling wind, the baying hounds, and the alternating whispers and shouts of a rabble of men up to no good.

Mary Yellan is a marvelous heroine. Young and somewhat naïve, she is still a strong woman, resolute and determined to make the best of her situation. As many have told her, she is too young and pretty to live alone, so she goes to her Aunt Patience. But instead of finding a happy woman with ribbons on her bonnet (Mary’s memory of her Aunt’s only visit some twelve years previous), she finds a frightened, dispirited woman clearly afraid of her own husband. And Uncle Josh? He’s a foreboding hulk of a man who rules his establishment with an iron fist and is unusually secretive about his business.

As Mary struggles to make sense of her situation and determine what, if anything, she can do about it, she meets two men who will become intricately involved: Jem Merlyn (her Uncle’s brother, and a horse thief) and Francis Davey (vicar of the local parish). They could not be more different, and yet each will help – and hinder – her in unexpected ways.

Du Maurier’s plot is intricate and complex and had several twists & turns in it. I wish there were a sequel so I could find out what Mary Yellen is like as an older woman!

Toni Britton does a fine job of narrating the audio version. She has a good pace and differentiates the characters sufficiently, so I had no trouble keeping track of who is speaking. ( )
  BookConcierge | May 2, 2021 |
This was my 3rd Du Maurier and I liked this one the least of the three (Rebecca & Frenchman's Creek). Mary Yellan arrives at Jamaica Inn, a den for "wreckers" a brash, outspoken woman and by the time the story ends she is "in love" and mush. 320 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Mar 6, 2021 |
Oh, the disappointment. :( To think this volume of absolute gothic nonsense came from the author of "Rebecca" is astonishing. True, du Maurier has excellent command of language, and her descriptions of the wild moors are quite lovely. That's why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. Her writing will always start at that level for me. To be fair, du Maurier wrote this novel in 1936 - Rebecca came two years later. Perhaps she was merely flexing her style here, getting ready to create characters that readers could actually care about.

If you're in the mood for some light mood-ish reading, and don't expect to be interested at ALL in the shallow stupidity of the main characters, then you may get some enjoyment from this. But if you're turning to this novel after the searing, page-turning genius of "Rebecca," you will be very disappointed. There's a good 1 star review here on LT that goes into good detail as to what makes this novel such a failure - find that one if you need more.

Aside: I came across this book in a charming, 3-story bookstore, converted from a former glove factory in downtown Detroit - John K. King Used & Rare Books. My copy is nothing special, just a typical wide-release paperback. But I wasn't going to leave that place without something in hand, and can't wait to get back to Michigan to visit this store again. For that memory alone, I am happy to have this copy. ( )
  terriks | Dec 2, 2020 |
Very enjoyable suspense! Du Maurier does a great job creating a spooky atmosphere. The main reason that I don't give this book a higher rating is that I found the identity of the man behind Joss Merlyn predictable. Despite that, reading this Gothic tale was a great choice for October, especially for someone like myself who doesn't particularly care for horror but wants a scary book for the Halloween season! ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 12, 2020 |
Very atmospheric, like any good gothic, and good suspense in parts, but needed just a little more. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Sep 28, 2020 |
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Jamaica Inn stands today, hospitable and kindly, a temperance house on the twenty-mile road between Bodmin and Launceston.

In the following story of adventure I have pictured it as it might have been over a hundred and twenty years ago; and although existing place names figure in the pages, the characters and events described are entirely imaginary.

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It was a cold grey day in late November.
Jamaica Inn opens with echoes of Dracula: a carriage rattling through the desolate landscape and wild weather to a place where even the locals don't go, so ferocious is its reputation. (Introduction)
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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 dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls -- and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

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