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The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
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May 18, 2008

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Recommended to Elizabeth by: Carol Fullerton
Read in May, 2008

An unusual DuMaurier in that it's a time-travel novel. I found it quite readable, but I could not make myself pay any attention to the complex relationships, housing arrangements and hierarchies of the 13th century characters--very odd, because I got the impression they were supposed to be so much more vivid and intense than the modern day characters. I had not before encountered the idea of time travel as an effect of inherited memory combined with hallucinogenic drugs... I liked the idea, it was believable, and yet something wasn't wholly satisfactory about the book--almost as though she didn't take the premise far enough. and also, perhaps, there were too many loose threads that didn't quite get tied up at the end.

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