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The House on the Strand

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812217261
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 275,620
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 5.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Best book I have ever read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002

    Haunting and Absorbing

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Highly recommend

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    CAPTIVATING!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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