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    • By lunababymoonchild
      Mary Yellan promises her mother on her mother's death bed that she will go and stay with her mother's sister, aunt Patience and her uncle at Jamaica Inn. Things go awry the minute she walks in and as events unfold Mary is pulled into a world of smuggling, wrecking and murder. All she has is her wits (which is more than Aunt Patience has by this time) and has no idea who she can trust.
       
      This is set in Cornwall - not far from the Poldark Cornwall of Winston Graham (and Warleggan is mentioned!)  - and Jamaica Inn sits halfway between Bodmin and Launceton on the Bodmin Moor. Jamaica Inn actually exists and is still in operation today.  It became a coaching inn in 1750 when coaches started to cross the moor and was actually used for smuggled goods. Daphne Du Maurier stayed there in 1930 when she got lost whilst out horse riding and was moved to write the book.  
       
      This book is absolutely marvellous.  Page turning action and excitement and brooding gothic darkness. The descriptions of the landscape are breath taking and the reader can just see what's happening as they read. 
       
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    • By megustaleer
      I'll Never Be Young Again was Daphne Du Maurier's second book.
       
      His treatment of her is very selfish and, having introduced her to fun and sex, his later neglect causes her to seek her 'fun' elsewhere. Richard (Dick) eventually has to grow up, and leave his life of self indulgence.
       
      Although this book has some wonderful descriptive passages, especially in the 'Jake' section, I disliked Dick so much that it was a struggle to keep reading it.
    • By Starry
      This is only the second book I've read by Du Maurier, the other being Rebecca and I much preferred this one. In fact this is one of my favourite reads of this year. I loved the premise, drugs as a way of time-travelling and although I think there were a few holes and a lot of unexplained parts what I loved was the quality of the writing. She managed to create such a wonderful atmosphere, her historical detail seemed accurate and the slowness of the plot built suspense as well as a sense of frustration and kept me hooked. I liked the characters and felt as if I knew them and the ending was so sudden, I felt quite bereft.
       
      I had not heard of this book before it was recommended to me on Bookcrossing, but I think this one more than Rebecca will make me try more of her books.
    • By Momo
      Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - 1938
       
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      24th September 2006, 04:41 PM
      Hilary
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      Rebecca
       
      Can't find a thread about this book on here. I've just begun Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. I've had it on my shelf for years and, though I loved Jamaica Inn, I've always put off the idea of reading another of hers. Since I couldn't get going with The Frenchman's Creek anyway. But I have to say, I'm loving this so far...has anyone else read it? (Silly question , someone will have!)
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      24th September 2006, 04:52 PMr
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      I first read Rebecca after seeing the classic Olivier film ages ago. My reliably useless memory meant that I had forgotten the ending by the time I started the book so found it very enjoyable. It's a book I return to again and again because I find it so athmospheric and tense.
       
      I read Jamaica Inn earlier this year and enjoyed it well enough but not as much as Rebecca. I think it seemed more dated. I've toyed with the idea of reading Fisherman's Creek - what was it that you didn't like about it Hilary? I've read somewhere about Du Maurier's 'Cornish Novels', what are the others?
       
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      24th September 2006, 06:51 PM
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      This is one I've been meaning to read for ages. Since there's a thread just started, I might see if I can track it down at the library and give it a go. I've not read any Du Maurier at all, so I have very few expectations, either way.
       
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      24th September 2006, 07:03 PM
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      Frenchman's Creek...well, it's one of those books where I've read the first chapter or two and then got distracted by something else and given up...several times. It just doesn't grab me in the first 50 pages or so and I've never made it any further. I'm sure I will read it at some point, especially if Rebecca continues to draw me in. (but I can't get away from thinking the title might sound a bit rude...maybe that's just me!)
       
      Rebecca reminds me a little bit of Tenant of Wildfell Hall in that it is about a woman who is bound, to a certain extent, by the conventions of her time and situation. And like ToWH, it is so atmospheric and introspective. Mmm, marvellous.
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      25th September 2006, 09:50 AM
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      My mum gave me Rebecca to read years ago and since then I must have bought 3 copies to replace worn out ones. It's a great book, and full of mystery and suspense.
       
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      25th September 2006, 10:55 AM
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      OH NO! Spoiler! I'm not there yet...
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      26th September 2006, 08:14 AM
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      Goodness, it's not a book for the faint hearted is it? I was awake until 5 to 1 this morning reading it until I got to the end as I couldn't bear to stop and try to go to sleep not knowing how it would end. It was so dark and thrilling and I just couldn't see which way it would go, and whether it would end in the way I thought it should...goodness, what a book!
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      26th September 2006, 08:20 AM
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      I so envied you, reading Rebecca for the first time, especially if you didn't know all the twists and turns. It's just fantastic. As well as the plot, I love the descriptions of Manderley. If I ever emigrated and then read Rebecca, I'm sure I would be so homesick I would have to go back to England straight away. The rhododendrons, the tea by the fire, the cove etc all reek of England.
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    • By Minxminnie
      I picked this up in a second hand sale, and I've read it while snow-bound.
       
      It's an odd book in a way - a fictionalised biography of an ancestor of du Maurier, Mary Anne Clark, who went from being a poor East Ender in London to the Duke of York's mistress at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
      She caused a huge amount of scandal and became a celebrity in her day because, let down by the Duke of York, she exposed his corrupt practices in granting favours to those who wanted to join the military.
      Du Maurier researched the book from the transcripts of the enquiry and later events, and it is a mix of fiction and reportage. Sometimes the latter is a bit dull, especially when it covers questioning about events the reader already knows about.
      But Mary Anne was quite a figure. She got about, in every sense, and she had her fair share of very influential men. I had always thought - from too much reading of Austen, I suppose - that women didn't get away with that sort of behaviour in any sort of polite society, but Mary Anne did! I suppose that's what this book is: the antidote to Austen.
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