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  • Hardcover
  • 298 pages
  • The House on the Strand
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • 05 March 2016
  • 9780385019552

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  1. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    uite 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 timeThe 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 far exciting than Dick's life in the present The reader uickly perceives that this novel is going to alternate between these two contrasting scenariosA 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 far attractive than his real one which is humdrum and stressful by turns So which is real?It is typical of Daphne du Maurier to make the sympathetic main character male She famously claimed that she wished she were a man and certainly her portrayals of male characters are almost always fully 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 eually unlikeable through Dick's eyes although they and the children are not nearly so well fleshed outBy 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 eually involved Each episode described is uite lengthy so that these historical chronicles take up uite a large proportion of the novelAs Dick becomes enmeshed in the events of the 14th Century and fixated on knowing what will happen he begins to view spoilerdevelop loyalties and to confuse the two worlds The fantasy world begins to seem far real 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 becomes addicted 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 past I 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 gone hide spoiler

  2. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    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 CRAZYbut 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 GOODI '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 uniue 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 Magnusdanger aheadWorth reading but not my 1st choice du Maurier novel

  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    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 indeedI 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 dangersI 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 fashionI enjoyed it very much indeed

  4. Sara Sara says:

    Daphne du Maurier writes very deep books that masuerade as mysteryromances 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 pose uestions 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 suire named RogerTo 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 uestions 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 uite 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 doubt meaningful to me this go around Nice to end the year with an old friend

  5. Maria Espadinha Maria Espadinha 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 outHowever 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 plotSo 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 😉😁👍

  6. Madeline Madeline says:

    Daphne du Maurier and time travel? Sure let's give it a shotThat 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'tOur 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 uite keep the characters straight in my head You can probably guess where this is going Dick becomes interested 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 conseuences 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 reuire 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 lot engrossing 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

  7. mark monday mark monday says:

    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 NowOur protagonist Dick has gained a new love the past Or precisely 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 himThe 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 lovedu 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 freuent 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

  8. Misfit Misfit says:

    We are all bound one to the other through time and eternityWhile 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 much important 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 oncomingNope I'm not telling and to say much gives 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 55 stars and highly recommended

  9. Joe Valdez Joe Valdez says:

    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 readThe 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 even pressing danger are the addictive ualities 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 uickly 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 nothing The 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 uestion is whether The House on the Strand should really be considered a time travel novel or notThe 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's successful novels I have trouble recommending this but can

  10. debbicat debbicat says:

    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 brainI just came undone sort of It was very gruesome in description hide spoiler

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The House on the Strand⚡ [PDF] ✍ The House on the Strand By Daphne du Maurier ✵ – Set in the wilds near Cornwall's sea tossed coastline The House on the Strand concerns a young man's experiments with hallucinogenic drugs and his travels back and forth in time to the mysteries of 14 Set in the wilds near Cornwall's on the ePUB ✓ sea tossed coastline The House on the Strand concerns a young man's experiments with hallucinogenic drugs and his travels back and forth in time to the mysteries of th century England Gradually growing involved in the lives and emotions of the early Cornish manor lords and their ladies he finds his own life pale in comparison and the presence of his American wife and stepsons a The House ePUB ñ hindrance to his new found existence This ancientmodern Gothic tale will grip the reader until the last surprising twist in Daphne du Maurier's intricately woven plot of today and yesterday.

About the Author: Daphne du Maurier

If Daphne du Maurier had written on the ePUB ✓ only Rebecca she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination Few writers have created magical 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 fami.