The House on the Strand

The House on the Strand

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by Daphne du Maurier
     
 

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In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present.

Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical

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In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present.

Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical researcher, asks his friend Richard Young and Young's family to stay at Kilmarth, an ancient house set in the wilds near the Cornish coast. Here, Richard drinks a potion created by Magnus and finds himself at the same spot where he was moments earlier—though it is now the fourteenth century. The effects of the drink wear off after several hours, but it is wildly addictive, and Richard cannot resist traveling back and forth in time. Gradually growing more involved in the lives of the early Cornish manor lords and their ladies, he finds the presence of his wife and stepsons a hindrance to his new-found experience. Richard eventually finds emotional refuge with a beautiful woman of the past trapped in a loveless marriage, but when he attempts to intervene on her behalf the results are brutally terrifying for the present.

Echoing the great fantastic stories of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, The House on the Strand is a masterful yarn of history, romance, horror, and suspense that will grip the reader until the last surprising twist.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The House on the Strand is prime du Maurier. . . . She holds her characters close to reality; the past she creates is valid, and her skill in finessing the time shifts is enough to make one want to try a little of the brew himself."—New York Times

New York Times Book Review
The House on the Strand is prime du Maurier. . . . She holds her characters close to reality; the past she creates is valid, and her skill in finessing the time shifts is enough to make one want to try a little of the brew himself.
Library Journal
A classic yarn of history, romance, horror, suspense, and time travel to the 14th century by the author of curriculum favorite Rebecca. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812217261
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
274,811
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author

In addition to The Scapegoat and The House on the Strand, Dame Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) wrote more than twenty-five acclaimed novels, short stories, and plays, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman's Creek, and "The Birds."

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The House on the Strand 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out many years ago. I think I have read it as many as 11 times and each time I am unable to put it down. The writing is so beautiful and easy to read as well as taking you into places you can only imagine going. I can 'see', feel, smell and almost 'touch' the characters and places the journey takes you and you cannot wait to see what will happen next. You get so wrapped up in the stories that you want to touch or even yell at the characters and get involved in their lives! I almost never loan my books out but I have made an exception with House on the Strand as I wish as many as people as possible to read it and have always gotten it back, at times with a thank you note from the borrower for giving them the chance to read this exciting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story that draws the reader in and one feels that one is actually present and viewing the events as they occur. Appropriately, this is a condition experienced by the main character of the story during his travels back in time. I have read and re-read this story many times and never find it dull. Each character in the story seems real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a re-read after 40 years and it still packed a powerful punch. it was great to go thru it again as an adult. Things I never considered before and life lessons taught were great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down! Fantastic historical detail and an absorbing story in both the past and present settings. A must read for any fan of time-travel novels.
RichardSeltzer More than 1 year ago
The action alternates between the present-day and Cornwall around 1310-1348 (with the start of the Plague). The mechanism of taking a drug to time travel feels reminiscent of the best of H. G. Wells. The scenes in the 1300s are very credible; and the overlay of the two time periods in the same landscape is evocative. Not at all what you would expect from the author of "Rebecca" Richard
Anonymous More than 1 year ago