The House on the Strandby Daphne du Maurier, Michael Maloney (Read by)
Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical researcher,
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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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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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.
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.
Have you ever traveled abroad and walked alone down a street in a city you've never been to before and had a sense of timelessness, like you stepped into a dream? I'm talking: without a tour group, walking in a place where you don't know what anyone is saying, and you are seeing things that you've only read about? Well, I've done that, and that sense of odd displacement, but vivid imagery of the scenery around me: that is the only thing I can think of to compare to the feeling you get reading this book about traveling back to medieval Cornwall. Have you ever felt out of place in a conversation when you talk about your obsession with some past age and you realize that your fervor is beyond the person's understanding? Ok: if you've said yes to anything, or agreed with any of these sentiments, then read this book. DuMaurier is rich, mysterious and addicting. Just like time travel. Just like a drug.
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.
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.
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