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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
Progress: 17/304 pages
Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays
Northrop Frye
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Jamaica Inn -- atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere

Rebecca / Jamaica Inn / Frenchman's Creek / My cousin Rachel. - Daphne du Maurier

Two weeks of real life chaos would have been bad enough, but the past week was made even worse by excruciating back muscle spasms.  No reading, no writing, no nothing.


But the chaos has sort of settled down and the back is MUCH better, so I was finally able to open my big Four Cornish Novels collection and start Jamaica Inn.


I had forgotten how exquisitely Daphne du Maurier uses setting to establish the whole tone of the novel.  She evokes not only the atmosphere of Cornwall -- though I don't think she uses the name at all -- but its contrast to the rest of the world. 


Unlike many novels of the later 20th and 21st centuries, Jamaica Inn starts in the middle of that locale, with the atmosphere to create anticipation and mood, but then retreats into detailed backstory.  (I found the same to be true of Gwen Bristow's Jubilee Trail.


But I'm only just that far into it, maybe 10 pages, so we'll see how it goes.