The House on the Strand



[Ebook] ➩ The House on the Strand ➯ Daphne du Maurier – E17streets4all.co.uk Dick Young is lent a house in Cornwall by his friend Professor Magnus Lane During his stay he agrees to serve as a guinea pig for a new drug that Magnus has discovered in his scientific research When Dick Young is lent on the eBook ´ a house in Cornwall by his friend Professor Magnus Lane During his stay he agrees to serve as a guinea pig for a new drug that Magnus has discovered in his scientific research When Dick samples Magnus s potion, he finds himself doing the impossible traveling through time while staying in place, thrown all the way back into Medieval Cornwall The concoction wear off after several hours, but The House PDF/EPUB or its effects are intoxicating and Dick cannot resist his newfound powers As his journeys increase, Dick begins to resent the days he must spend in the modern world, longing ever fervently to get back into his world of centuries before, and the home of the beautiful Lady Isolda.The House on the Strand

If Daphne du Maurier on the eBook ´ had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have createdmagical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their ownIn many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale Born into a family with a rich artistic and The House PDF/EPUB or historical background, the daughter of a famous actor manager, she was indulged as a child and grew up enjoying enormous freedom from financial and parental restraint She spent her youth sailing boats, travelling on the Continent with friends, and writing stories A prestigious publishing house accepted her first novel when she was in her early twenties, and its publication brought her not only fame but the attentions of a handsome soldier, Major later House on the Kindle Ø Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning, whom she marriedHer subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame While Alfred Hitchcock s film based upon her novel proceeded to make her one of the best known authors in the world, she enjoyed the life of a fairy princess in a mansion in Cornwall called Menabilly, which served as the model for Manderley in RebeccaDaphne du Maurier was obsessed with the past She intensively researched the lives of Francis and Anthony Bacon, the history of Cornwall, the Regency period, and nineteenth century France and England Above all, however, she was obsessed with her own family history, which she chronicled in Gerald A Portrait, a biography of her father The du Mauriers, a study of her family which focused on her grandfather, George du Maurier, the novelist and illustrator for Punch The Glassblowers, a novel based upon the lives of her du Maurier ancestors and Growing Pains, an autobiography that ignores nearly years of her life in favour of the joyful andromantic period of her youth Daphne du Maurier can best be understood in terms of her remarkable and paradoxical family, the ghosts which haunted her life and fictionWhile contemporary writers were dealing critically with such subjects as the war, alienation, religion, poverty, Marxism, psychology and art, and experimenting with new techniques such as the stream of consciousness, du Maurier produced old fashioned novels with straightforward narratives that appealed to a popular audience s love of fantasy, adventure, sexuality and mystery At an early age, she recognised that her readership was comprised principally of women, and she cultivated their loyal following through several decades by embodying their desires and dreams in her novels and short storiesIn some of her novels, however, she went beyond the technique of the formulaic romance to achieve a powerful psychological realism reflecting her intense feelings about her father, and to a lesser degree, her mother This vision, which underlies Julius, Rebecca and The Parasites, is that of an author overwhelmed by the memory of her father s commanding presence In Julius and The Parasites, for example, she introduces the image of a domineering but deadly father and the daring subject of incestIn Rebecca, on the other hand, du Maurier fuses psychological realism with a sophisticated version of the Cinderella story The nameless heroine has been saved from a life of drudgery by marrying a handsome, wealthy aristocrat, but unlike the Prince in Cinderella, Maxim de Winter is old enough to be the narrator s father The narrator thus must do battle with The Other Woman the dead Rebecca and her witch like surrogate, Mrs Danvers to win the love of her husband and father figure.

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  1. says:

    Quite a few of Daphne du Maurier s novels and short stories have been made into films, and this is how many people have come to discover her work The House on the Strand is one of her lesser known novels the penultimate novel by Daphne du Maurier from 1969 It is an unusual work about time travel and mind expanding drugs themes which could be thought of as apposite for the time.The author thrusts us straight into the action with a beautifully written and vividly descriptive episode The viewp Quite a few of Daphne du Maurier s novels and short stories have been made into films, and this is how many people have come to discover her work The House on the Strand is one of her lesser known novels the penultimate novel by Daphne du Maurier from 1969 It is an unusual work about time travel and mind expanding drugs themes which could be thought of as apposite for the time.The author thrusts us straight into the action with a beautifully written and vividly descriptive episode The viewpoint character, Dick, is in the middle of a trip to use the popular vernacular of that period After a few pages it becomes evident that Dick has been transported back to 14th Century Cornwall, where the people and events are farexciting than Dick s life in the present The reader quickly perceives that this novel is going to alternate between these two contrasting scenarios.A nice touch in this novel is that for most of the time it is not clear whether this is due to artificially heightened perception mental time travel or an actual dislocation in time Neither Dick nor his friend Professor Magnus Lane, who has formulated the drug, are sure And the reader has an extra level of doubt because Dick feels trapped in his life He has recently resigned from a stressful job, he feels he is being pushed to accept another similar job, and his marriage is turning sour Naturally this colourful fantasy life seems farattractive than his real one, which is humdrum and stressful by turns So which isreal It is typical of Daphne du Maurier to make thesympathetic main character male She famously claimed that she wished she were a man, and certainly her portrayals of male characters are almost alwaysfully rounded His wife, Vita, comes across as a rather unpleasant and very brittle upper class American a shallow depiction of a shallow character Her friends who visit are equally unlikeable through Dick s eyes, although they and the children are not nearly so well fleshed out.By contrast we get a strong sense of the earlier historical characters, and du Mauriers s love of history, and of her beloved Cornwall, is given full rein here We follow a swashbuckling tale of intrigues, feuds and dastardly deeds through Dick s eyes with his experimental drug taking The locations are unpredictable, as is the duration of each episode there are jumps in time although they do occur chronologically There is a family tree and a map, for readers who want to become equally involved Each episode described is quite lengthy, so that these historical chronicles take up quite a large proportion of the novel.As Dick becomesenmeshed in the events of the 14th Century, andfixated on knowing what will happen, he begins to view spoiler develop loyalties, and to confuse the two worlds The fantasy world begins to seem farreal to him, although he also begins to realise that each time he travels he is not only ill afterwards, but in danger too With help from historical records produced by Magnus, he identifies some of the locations and realises that whenever he regains consciousness he could be anywhere, and therefore at mortal risk The pace steps up nicely with the imminent arrival of Magnus, and the reader has been well prepared for a tragedy about two thirds of the way through leaving the main character completely isolated Nobody save Dick would be able to understand what was happening or why Dick himself is becoming increasingly confused, and his loyalties and perceptions of reality alter as he becomesaddicted to the experience He says, about the 20th Century world with his wife,I felt revolted by the puppet world in which I found myself, and desired no part of it, neither now, nor tomorrow, nor at any time And then there is a further crisis as Dick in his confusion tries to actually kill his wife in this world, mistaking her for the power crazy cruel Joanna in the fantasy world He is mortified by this act, summoning help immediately, yet he still yearns for the other,exciting world of the pastI had lost not only Magnus but the other world It lay here, all around me, but out of reach The people of that world would travel on in time without me, and I must keep to my own course, fulfilling God only knew what monotonous day by day The link between the centuries had gonehide spoiler At this point, towards the end of the story, du Maurier brings forward a minor character whom we have already briefly met view spoiler a Doctor Powell, who seems to have some expertise in psychoanalysis He wheedles the true story from Dick plus other deeply hidden issues from Dick s past over the course of 5 days as Dick is recovering He also discovers both that the drug is a very strong hallucinogen and that it can cause paralysis He offers a very plausible explanation to both Dick and the reader it is a flight of fancy, an exciting antidote to the stresses and difficulties of Dick s present life The unknown factor remains as it is an untried drug What effect it can have, or latent knowledge it could unlock in the brain is still uncharted territory Dick swears that he has given the last of it to the doctor The reader, of course, knows that there is still one dose left in the handle of the walking stick but it is unclear whether Dick remembers this at this stage in his confused state hide spoiler The stage is clearly set for three alternative endings view spoiler Will Dick now fully recover and make amends with his wife There have been signs in the latter part of the novel that there is some reconciliation Will he succumb to the paralysis we have been warned is a serious side effect of the drug Will he spontaneously find himself back in the 14th Century, as once happened before without further doses hide spoiler Daphne du Maurier has always excelled at story telling One of her biographers has indicated that her early efforts were appallingly misspelt and amateurish, necessitating a lot of assistance by editors Some of the descriptive passages in the early novels are certainly rather hackneyed, and the dialogue clunky Nevertheless she was driven to write, and dedicated herself to writing page turners, often with a great element of suspense She incorporated some marvellously sinister characters and often included aspects of the paranormal The author resented her rather unfair reputation as a romantic novelist , a reputation which perhaps was due in part to Hollywood, considering herself to be farthan that.In The House on the Strand the author has incorporated her deep love of Cornwall, of its history, of its sea faring even down to details such as making the children in the story enjoy the sailing pursuits she herself excelled at and loved so much We feel involved with the characters and there is a great sense of place, an especial challenge since this has to define both of the worlds the main character inhabits She is at the height of her game It is a well structured piece where the tension mounts nicely throughout in both aspects of the story The mystery of what will happen next in the world of the past, where the facts learned from ancient records are invariably discovered after Dick s experience, is cleverly mirrored by the mystery of what the various forms of the drug will do next, and how much of Dick s experience is due to imagination, wish fulfillment or some latent common memory in the human brain To have developed and honed her skills to this mastery from such a dubious start is indeed quite an achievement It makes for a riveting read.Addition 25 02 14 The House on the Strand is calledKilmarth , and this is heavily based on the house where Daphne du Maurier spent the final years of her life, after having been forced to leave her beloved Menabilly in 1967 She has even given it the same name In her imagination she filled the old basement with embryos in jars and other strange objects, and made the house rise above the foundations of Roger Kylmerth s fourteenth century dwelling Here s an extract from an interview in 1977 She always maintained that for the period of the book she got into the viewpoint character Many of her novels have finished with an unanswered question Perhaps many of her ambiguities result from that It is Daphne du Maurier s own view of the ending, view spoiler What about the hero of The House on the Strand What did it mean when he dropped the telephone at the end of the book I don t really know, but I rather think he was going to be paralysed for life Don t you hide spoiler

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    I read a CRAZY GOOD BOOK years ago called Blinding Light , by Paul Theroux that The House on the Strand , reminded me of at times CRAZY.but addicting IIn both books we get drawn into the main characters experience on a hallucinogenic drug The tension suspense fantasy is C R A Z Y and GOOD I admit I liked Paul Theroux s book better a little better than Ms Maurier as this book was a sloggy slow start and got confusing in parts but then got WILD FUN again I read a CRAZY GOOD BOOK years ago called Blinding Light , by Paul Theroux that The House on the Strand , reminded me of at times CRAZY.but addicting IIn both books we get drawn into the main characters experience on a hallucinogenic drug The tension suspense fantasy is C R A Z Y and GOOD I admit I liked Paul Theroux s book better a little better than Ms Maurier as this book was a sloggy slow start and got confusing in parts but then got WILD FUN again to the ending Blinding Light grabbed ya by the balls immediately. but it did get repetitive towards the end so it had some flaws too The House on the Strand had some very unique time travel twists characters that come alive and interesting medieval history drug trips Richard the drug user haha is no DICK he just idolizes his scientist friend Magnus danger ahead Worth reading but not my 1st choice du Maurier novel

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    Who would have thought that the words time travel and Daphne du Maurier would go together in one sentence Nevertheless this is exactly what she has written in The House on the Strand and she does it very well indeed I loved the Cornish setting, all those places I have been and seen and which Du Maurier loved so much The main character time travels or does he back to the fourteenth century to a place where he can observe events but cannot participate in any way His biggest problem is th Who would have thought that the words time travel and Daphne du Maurier would go together in one sentence Nevertheless this is exactly what she has written in The House on the Strand and she does it very well indeed I loved the Cornish setting, all those places I have been and seen and which Du Maurier loved so much The main character time travels or does he back to the fourteenth century to a place where he can observe events but cannot participate in any way His biggest problem is that while he is away mentally his body is still in the present time and this presents a whole heap of dangers.I found the book slow going to start with and in fact the 14th century parts never really become gripping However the current day story gets better and better and eventually ends in typical Du Maurier fashion.I enjoyed it very much indeed

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    Daphne du Maurier writes very deep books that masquerade as mystery romances No two are alike, and in this novel she steps into the world of time travel or maybe she doesn t After all, have you ever read a du Maurier that didn t posequestions than it answered We are taken into the world of Richard Young, a man who has reached a crossroads in life and is contemplating what his next step is going to be His best friend, Magnus, a bit of a mad scientist, has loaned Richard his home in Cor Daphne du Maurier writes very deep books that masquerade as mystery romances No two are alike, and in this novel she steps into the world of time travel or maybe she doesn t After all, have you ever read a du Maurier that didn t posequestions than it answered We are taken into the world of Richard Young, a man who has reached a crossroads in life and is contemplating what his next step is going to be His best friend, Magnus, a bit of a mad scientist, has loaned Richard his home in Cornwall for vacation Magnus is experimenting with a drug he has developed, and he is not above using Richard as his guinea pig to test its effects Just as we have stepped into Richard s world by opening this book, when Richard takes the drug he steps into another world as well, the world of 14th Century Cornwall and the previous owner of Magnus house, a squire named Roger.To tell of Richard s or Roger s adventures would be to ruin the plot surprises, and this book if full of them But some of the questions posed here are subtle but profound Are we attached to the past through our genetic material Do we have stored in our brains every memory of our ancestors, if we knew how to access them What is the cost of addiction Of escape into any reality that is not our own What price does it cost us when we ignore our present lives to live in the past, the future, or just dreams I find this quite relevant in view of how many people escape into virtual reality these days, but it could be as easy asked of those who bury themselves in books, I suppose I had read this book many years ago, but found it was mostly new to me after so many years It was as good as I remembered and no doubtmeaningful to me this go around Nice to end the year with an old friend

  5. says:

    Fill the GapsWhen it takes to time traveling stories I always prefer the ones that lead us into the pastWhy the past and not the future Well the roots of present belong to the past and sometimes I just wish I could go there to sort some things out However, I m allowing some intrusive wandering thoughts sneak into this text, cos apart from time traveling, this line of thinking has nothing to do with this plot So, what s this book all about In vague and general terms, I shall say Fill the GapsWhen it takes to time traveling stories I always prefer the ones that lead us into the pastWhy the past and not the future Well the roots of present belong to the past and sometimes I just wish I could go there to sort some things out However, I m allowing some intrusive wandering thoughts sneak into this text, cos apart from time traveling, this line of thinking has nothing to do with this plot So, what s this book all about In vague and general terms, I shall say it s a visit to a Medieval Cornwall caused by an hallucinogenic drug where you ll be rewarded with Du Maurier s Holly Trinity Mystery, Dramatic Tension and an Ambiguous Ending Now that I gave you the headlines, it s up to you to fill the gaps Happy Reading

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    Daphne du Maurier and time travel Sure, let s give it a shot.That was my entire thought process when I decided to buy this from a secondhand bookstore last summer Rebecca is terrifying and brilliant, and I figured that if du Maurier applied even a portion of her talent to this story, it wouldn t be half bad And it wasn t I still prefer Rebecca, but who doesn t.Our protagonist is Dick Young, and he s agreed to be part of an experiment done by his college friend, Professor Magnus Lane Dick wi Daphne du Maurier and time travel Sure, let s give it a shot.That was my entire thought process when I decided to buy this from a secondhand bookstore last summer Rebecca is terrifying and brilliant, and I figured that if du Maurier applied even a portion of her talent to this story, it wouldn t be half bad And it wasn t I still prefer Rebecca, but who doesn t.Our protagonist is Dick Young, and he s agreed to be part of an experiment done by his college friend, Professor Magnus Lane Dick will live in Magnus s house in Cornwall and take the prescribed doses of a substance the professor has created, which will enable him to time travel What is this substance, and how precisely does it work ShhhhhhhNot only does the substance transport Dick into the past, it transports him to a very specific past when he takes the dose, he witnesses events that happened in the exact location he happens to be except in the 14th century We, and Dick, learn that the land around Magnus s house used to be owned by the Carminowe family, a group of nobles who, in addition to their own inter family drama, were also involved in some skullduggery involving the throne of England Dick s unknowing guide is Roger, a steward working for the family For reasons that are, unfortunately, never explained, Dick always ends up near Roger when he travels back in time, and doesn t seem capable of wandering too far away from him when he s in the past By following Roger, Dick meets the extended Carminowe clan, which includes a very bad man named Oilver Carminowe and his very pretty wife Isolda the family is all siblings and in laws and even with the family tree provided at the beginning of the book, I could never quite keep the characters straight in my head You can probably guess where this is going Dick becomesinterested in his trips to the past than his life in the present, and this has a disastrous effect on his own family The drug has its downsides, obviously first, when Dick is in the 14th century, touching anyone or anything will instantly send him back to the present which, at least, means that we don t have to worry about Dick accidentally going Terminator on his own future Also the aftereffects of the drug include nausea, temporary paralysis, and severe disorientation While under the influence of the drug, Dick continues to walk around in a kind of stupor, and wakes up having no idea where he is And on top of all that, the drug is extremely addictive So it s a bad time all around As you can see from my rating, overall I was meh on this one, but I ll admit that there were plenty of parts that had me engrossed Like Dick, who gets only little bits of information at a time while he ping pongs around in time, I was interested in learning just what Isolda s husband was up to, and what the consequences would be for her Daphne du Maurier does dramatic tension and shady secrets like nobody s business, so Dick s obsession with the exploits of people who died centuries ago was understandable to me, because she made it fascinating But still three stars only First, Dick is wait for it a dick RIMSHOT He s clearly supposed to be unlikeable the way he treats his wife and stepsons with either indifference or contempt was particularly charming but that didn t make it easy to root for him The trips to the past, while fun and interesting, are serious info dumps and require the historical characters to keep doing that thing where they ll be talking to someone and say, Well, as you know and then proceed to explain in detail exactly what this other person supposedly knows already Ugh But altogether, this ended up being a lotengrossing and creepy than I expected the fact that Dick can t touch anything while watching the Carminowe s makes him begin to believe that he s becoming some kind of ghost, and that the people in the 14th century are the ones who are really alive, while Dick and his family are only a kind of memory At its best, The House on the Strand is a dark, Gothic story of a man slowly losing his grip on reality

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    I was one of them, and they did not know it I belonged amongst them, and they did not know it This, I think, was the essence of what it meant to me To be bound, yet free to be alone, yet in their company to be born in my own time yet living, unknown, in theirs. du Maurier s tale of morbid obsession is several things a gloomy treatise on addiction and how it disintegrates the world of the addicted a romantic paean to Tywardreath in Cornwall, close to where the author herself lived a su I was one of them, and they did not know it I belonged amongst them, and they did not know it This, I think, was the essence of what it meant to me To be bound, yet free to be alone, yet in their company to be born in my own time yet living, unknown, in theirs. du Maurier s tale of morbid obsession is several things a gloomy treatise on addiction and how it disintegrates the world of the addicted a romantic paean to Tywardreath in Cornwall, close to where the author herself lived a surreal story of time travel and remote viewing and most surprisingly, a sharp smack in the face for any who prefer dreaming to actual life The novel is both fascinating and off putting An experience rich and sour, similar to her collection of short stories, Don t Look Now.Our protagonist Dick has gained a new love the past Orprecisely, he loves a narrative he has discovered in the past He is fascinated by the players he watches in 14th century Cornwall Watches. He cannot impact this story of love, murder, deception, and unraveling lives He watches it as he would a film, views it as he would a book, identifying and not identifying with his audience stand in, picking favorite characters and loathing the villains, falling in love with a beautiful woman Sadly, his real life love can only watch, confused and dismayed, as he descends into apathy, aggravation, and bizarre behavior in his deepening need to enjoy this play at the expense of the reality around him.The novel plays an interesting trick on the reader Dick is at first fairly sympathetic, and his wife Vita is portrayed as shallow and overbearing especially when compared to his long dead lady of the distant past But slowly, as Dick s obsession takes over, the reader sees the reality of the situation Vita s actions and responses are entirely normal , rooted in her love of her husband and the life they are supposed to be building together, and it is that dick Dick who is unreasonable, unable to see that no real human can ever compare to a dream love.du Maurier is a coldblooded author of great skill I was unnerved by her hallucinatory transitions between present and past I loved her descriptions of Cornwall And I was impressed by how she did not let that story of archaic Cornwall overwhelm her plot, and the point of the whole book It s clear that she loves the setting, and just as clear that much research went into making everything feel real This is an impressive book of many layers It gave me a lot to think about, and many of those thoughts were uncomfortable ones regarding my own love of books and films, my frequent disinterest and irritation in engaging with the real world for prolonged periods of time I was reminded of different comments that friends, lovers, and family have made about this side of me However I did not particularly enjoy the reminder The novel scolds du Maurier certainly gets me, but she doesn t appear to empathize That s fine I will just read another book The trouble was, some inner core within had been untouched, lain dormant, waiting to be stirred I could not share with her or anyone the secrets of my dangerous new world.

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    We are all bound, one to the other, through time and eternity While vacationing at the Cornwall home of old chum Magnus, Richard Young is convinced to act as guinea pig for his friend s latest experiment a drug that enables the mind to travel into the past although the body stays in the present Richard s trips take him to the 14C where he is soon so wrapped up in the past that it becomes as addictive to him as a drug or is it the drug itself that is addictive Are the lives of those in We are all bound, one to the other, through time and eternity While vacationing at the Cornwall home of old chum Magnus, Richard Young is convinced to act as guinea pig for his friend s latest experiment a drug that enables the mind to travel into the past although the body stays in the present Richard s trips take him to the 14C where he is soon so wrapped up in the past that it becomes as addictive to him as a drug or is it the drug itself that is addictive Are the lives of those in the past so muchimportant that his wife and step sons become a hindrance to his journeys Did these people really exist or do they only exist in Richard s mind Although Richard s mind is in the 14C while on the drug, his body is not and as he walks in the footsteps of those in the past it leads him into some very close calls when his mind returns to the present He could be standing anywhere the middle of a road, on private property or in the path of an oncoming.Nope, I m not telling and to say muchgives the whole thing away half the fun is the guessing and unexpected twists in the story Although the segments in the 14C were well written they were a bit confusing to me at times, but don t spend too much time trying to sort those relationships out IMO they were mostly background and the main focus were the parts in the present day Du Maurier is superb and understated as always, and this one will definitely leave you guessing all the way to the very last page and beyond 5 5 stars and highly recommended

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    The next stop in my time travel marathon November being Science Fiction Month was The House on the Strand, the 1969 novel by Daphne du Maurier I was delighted to learn that the author of Rebecca and The Birds had attempted to fuse one of her Gothic romances with time travel adventure and I had high expectations for this book If written by anyone but du Maurier, it s unlikely I would ve finished it The author s depiction of how time travel could become an addiction and dissolve a modern marr The next stop in my time travel marathon November being Science Fiction Month was The House on the Strand, the 1969 novel by Daphne du Maurier I was delighted to learn that the author of Rebecca and The Birds had attempted to fuse one of her Gothic romances with time travel adventure and I had high expectations for this book If written by anyone but du Maurier, it s unlikely I would ve finished it The author s depiction of how time travel could become an addiction and dissolve a modern marriage is compelling, but the most incredible thing about the novel is how the scenes set in the distant past are nothing but one big information dump that made the novel a chore to read.The story takes place along the coastline of Cornwall, where farmhouses and vacation homes stand atop the ruins of manors and churches dating back 600 years Richard Young, mulling the directorship of a New York publishing house that his American wife Vida has urged him to accept, is spending a week in the second home of his good friend Dr Magnus Lane, a chemist at the University of London Richard and Magnus met at Cambridge and in many ways, are closer than Richard is to Vida While his wife and two stepsons spend the week in New York, Richard has been asked to test a drug Magnus has developed and imbibed, with peculiar results the chemist is desperate to verify with someone he trusts Magnus unnamed hallucinogenic apparently has the ability to send the consciousness of the user through time, where the traveler can observe, but not participate in or alter, the past of wherever their trip is taking place For reasons the author never sufficiently explains, Richard and Magnus are sent back to Cornwall of the 14th century, where they become attached to a certain Sir Roger Carminowe, a scheming nobleman whose second wife Isolda Ferrers makes a striking impression on Richard Du Maurier s time travelers retain all of their senses except for one, touch, and touching a living person will immediately eject them from their experience One danger of the drug is that while the traveler is galavanting through the past, their body enters a drunken stupor of sorts in the present, making them vulnerable to things like roadways or bodies of water as they stumble about in a sleepwalk An evenpressing danger are the addictive qualities of the drug, which Richard soon begins to experience This creates problems when Vida and the boys return from New York and arrive in the village of Kilmarth, where Richard has secluded himself and become obsessed with the soap opera unfolding in the past The marriage between Richard Vida quickly hits the rocks as she detects something about her husband seems different The House on the Strand isn t a bad novel Du Maurier s writing is as sharp as a tack Of her three considerable strengths character, dialogue and atmosphere two are well represented here I liked how she contrasted the sort of stoicism between English men and the aggressiveness of American women without making Richard, Magnus or Vida into stock characters With du Maurier, I m always rooting for her women to work out their communication problems and expose the dark secrets of their men The domestic suspense had me flipping pages to reach the end As for the dialogue, the scenes set in the present all flowed very well My problem with the novel is how poorly du Maurier integrated her love for Cornwall of the distant past with a compelling story The scenes set in the bygone are an information dump, nothingThe names and intrigue of the 14th century that du Maurier relates are simply a soap opera that her time travelers watch They do no not participate in, alter the course of or encounter any risks in the 14th century A time travel novel that ceases to be compelling once its characters travel through time would be considered a failure on any scale The question is whether The House on the Strand should really be considered a time travel novel or not.The reason to read The House on the Strand are the present day scenes dealing with Richard s drug induced, loosening grip on reality and his slowly dissolving marriage The material works far better as a substance abuse novel than a time travel novel The escalating domestic tension and web of lies recalls Rebecca, where a wife suspects something from the past has taken hold over her husband But the possibilities of time travel are never touched on at all and the scenes set in the past were ones I had to skim in order to finish the book Without the vivid atmosphere du Maurier ssuccessful novels, I have trouble recommending this, but can

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I began this on an out of town trip I have been totally smitten with Daphne lately Saw this on audible I had a credit I figured it would be good listening driving down the road I wish I had gotten Frenchman s Creek instead I hate to take anything away from those who love all things Daphne I myself was thinking to set out and read all of her writings I did like the initial descriptions of the setting, the Cornish Coast, the time travel I just could not handle all the experimentation and I began this on an out of town trip I have been totally smitten with Daphne lately Saw this on audible I had a credit I figured it would be good listening driving down the road I wish I had gotten Frenchman s Creek instead I hate to take anything away from those who love all things Daphne I myself was thinking to set out and read all of her writings I did like the initial descriptions of the setting, the Cornish Coast, the time travel I just could not handle all the experimentation and animal slaughter references view spoiler when the guy said he killed the monkey who he was also experimenting on by giving the drug tobut he didn t want to wait any longer and killed him so he could get to his brain I just came undone sort of It was very gruesome in description hide spoiler It turned my stomach So, not a good listen for being on the road heading out of town for funeral Will I pick it up again Maybe If I come across a print editionI d like to know how it ends But for now I just wanna put this one behind me and pick up something lite and funny Marking as a DNF I am so disappointed.Update Sept 21, 2017I came across a BBC radio theatre adaptaion of this on you tube today I began listening It was quite good and I really wanted to know how this book ended I listened to the whole thingunable to let it go until another time I highly recommend it This is quite a story of time travel and tripping Goodreads friend, Jean Naylor, has the most incredible review and filled in any gaps I think might have missed skimming the book bc there were parts that I just didn t feel comfortable reading It s quite an addictive listen But so is the drug than enables the character, Dick, to move back and forth from the past 1400 s Cornwall to the present Once I finished the you tube listenI was a bit puzzled by the ending I went to my phone and still had the audio there and decided to listen to the last chapter on my commute So glad I did Just proves to me that sometimes a book is not right for you but, later..well, it very well might be.I imagine this was quite something when it came out originally I am a very big fan of Daphne du Maurier I m so glad to have this resolution I don t like leaving something unfinished I sit with a smile on my face because I now know what happened

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