Jamaica Inn [ePub]

by Daphne du Maurier

This rancid mess is supposed to be a classic?! The attempt at 19th century prose falls flat..."like a dead thing." Good god. It has all the writerly skill of a romance novel, and a boring one at that.

With midnight-smuggling and murder lurking behind a thinly-veiled mystery, I expected "THRILLS and CHILLS!" from this story.

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For its time, perhaps it was thrilling...NO!...No, I will not defend it. The "what's going on behind the scenes?!" tension is teased out to beyond caring and the characterizations are hackneyed. Aunt Patience, the long-suffering wife? Come on already...

Du Maurier came from an almost aristocratically artistic lineage. The pretentious shit she says in interviews even makes her sound snobby. With everyone in her artsy family looking on, she must have felt a great deal of pressure to produce. No wonder her work of any notoriety is, in all likelihood, plagiarized.

03.07.2017

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