The House on the Strand
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... show more
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.
Publish date: January 1st 2000
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
bookshelves: sciences, winter20092010, published-1969, psychology, mystery-thriller, fraudio, britain-england, re-read Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Misfit, Laura Read in December, 2009, read count: 2 Blurb - Dick Young travels into the past, before recalling he was testing a new drug. Psychologic...
I really enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to reading more of Daphne Du Maurier's work. This one was written later in her life, and whether or not that would be apparent to those who have read her other books, I don't know. But I liked her no fuss, no muss style, which made it an interesti...
Du Maurier at her most deliciously creepy. Time travel to 14th century Cornwall via experimental drugs is just not likely to end well, is it? Lots of twists and surprises. I did find I didn't like the protagonist much, but he gets his in the end, so that's all right.
A novel of psychological suspense. This took me a while to get into. The beginning was slow and a little boring. It's the story of Richard Young who is spending his holiday at the vacation home in Cornwall of his closest friend, Magnus Lane. Richard has arrived at the house a few days ahead of his w...
I read Rebecca in high school and remember it as one of my favorite books. I came across this in the library a few days ago and thought I would pick it up. The writing was good and the story was mostly compelling. There are some conveniences (as always) and the plot was a bit transparent at times...