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The House on the Strand

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,396 Ratings  ·  725 Reviews
One of the best stories this master of romantic suspense has given us, and that is good news. Blending spellbinding suspense with uncanny realism in her most gripping novel since "Rebecca", Daphne du Maurier has created a stunning story of two worlds existing side-by-side. On vacation at an ancient manor house, a young man takes an experimental drug that transports him 600 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1970 by Avon Books (first published 1969)
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Jean
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elyse
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!! I

In 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-
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Phrynne
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
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
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Andrei Bădică
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Nu m-a surprins convingerea lui Magnus că voi continua să-i fiu cobai. Acest lucru caracterizase prietenia noastră de-a lungul anilor, atât la Cambridge cât și mai apoi. Jucasem cum îmi cânta el, nu numai în escapadele compromițătoare din timpul anilor de studenție, ci și mai târziu, când drumurile noastre s-au despărțit, el urmându-și cariera, de biofizician și apoi de profesor la Universitatea din Londra, iar eu intrând în rutina searbădă a vieții de editură."
" Stăteam treaz și mă gândeam ce
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Madeline
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
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Sara
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 pose more questions 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
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Misfit
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Elizabeth
May 18, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Carol Fullerton
Shelves: chocolate-club
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 w ...more
Christine
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DuMaurier & history novel lovers
Recommended to Christine by: I read every DuMaurier book
This book is a wonderful time travel story.
When Daphne DuMaurier had to leave her home of 25 years, Menabilly close to Gribbin Head (the model for Manderley in "Rebecca") outside of Fowey, her husband signed a lease for another house close-by owned by the same Rashleigh family who owns Menabilly. So she moved to Kilmerth/Kilmarth shortly after her husband died (BTW her husband was Major Browning whose WW II quote "This was a Bridge too far" became famous and later even a book title).

In the basem
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Joe Valdez
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 ...more
Stephanie
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully eerie and entertaining book. I listened to an audio version that was really well produced. The musical interludes between each chapter actually heightened the spookiness.

This is DuMaurier at her best. Set in Cornwall (which, haven't been there, is a really good setting for spooky stories. Lots of craggy coasts, dense fog and and end-of-the-earth feeling) in the early 1960's (maybe the late 50's but I can't look at the title page for a date because this is an audio book), the story is
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Connie
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professor Magnus Lane wants his friend, Dick Young, to try a time-travel drug while he spends his summer at Lane's historic Cornwall home. The hallucinogenic drug takes Dick on a "trip" to 14th Century Cornwall where he observes the upper class feuding, committing crimes, brewing sinister potions, and indulging in clandestine romances. Dick finds the drug very addictive, partly because 14th Century life is so much more exciting than his real life. Dick's marriage is rocky, he has recently resign ...more
Jessica
Du Maurier's time-travel novel did not cast the same spell on me that her short stories or Rebecca did, but it's a captivating tale nonetheless. And well, there must have been something at work as I noticed that each time Dick, the narrator, was about to go back in time, I'd get antsy and feel the need to close the book for awhile. His need for the drug, for the journey to his corner of Cornwall in the 1300's, is palpable and as clear as any drug addict's: the addiction, the high, the inevitable ...more
Victoria
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman très étrange, angoissant et mystérieux. Je ne l'ai pas vraiment aimé comme je peux aimer d'autres romans, avec mon coeur, puisque je ne me suis pas spécialement attachée aux personnages (la faiblesse du protagoniste m'a beaucoup agacée). Je crois en revanche que je me souviendrai très longtemps de son ambiance étouffante, dans laquelle le lecteur se sent perdu. Une expérience de lecture intéressante et pénétrante !
Amy Sturgis
Du Maurier is a master of the Gothic, and this work of time-travel science fiction is one of her finest. Dick Young epitomizes modern man: disaffected and aimless, he is disillusioned with his chosen career and increasingly distanced from his wife and stepsons. His one real (and multi-layered) connection is with his former college mate Magnus Lane, now a dedicated biophysicist. Lane offers Young the use of his family home on the Cornish coast while Young works through his period of personal mala ...more
Fiona
Jan 31, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Daphne du Maurier wrote a novel with time travel in it and you guys didn't even tell me.
Vanessa
3.5 stars.
Mark
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It helps that I grew up very close to the locations featured in The House on the Strand, and perhaps that's one of the reasons for my particular fondness for this tale of love and longing.

The storyline weaves brilliantly between the twentieth and fourteenth centuries, with the hero, Dick Young, experiencing a grand passion for the unhappy Isolda, the enigmatic, medieval opposite of his mundane twentieth century wife, Vita.

I recently read Margaret Forster's biography of Dame du Maurier and noted
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Cphe
I couldn't with any certainty say that this book is on par with other books I've read by the author over the years, but I did end up enjoying it far more than I initially thought I would. The beginning was a little slow to gather momentum but once it did it was difficult to put aside.

I loved the setting of Cornwall and the descriptions of past and present. The overall "sinister aspect" was well done, this was compounded by the fact that Richard in his travels was an observer to events unfolding
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Laura
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Du Maurier fans
Recommended to Laura by: Misfit
Vow, each Maurier's book is able to surprise us even more!!!

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 biochemical researches. The effect of this drug is to transport Dick from the house at Kilmarth to the Cornwall of the 14th century.
Aparna
A wonderful haunting tale of time travel...Highly recommended..Will surely be reading more of Daphne Du Maurier's stories..
Uncle
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The House on the Strand (published 1969) is the second to last novel of Daphne du Maurier. A prolific writer, du Maurier enjoyed enormous popularity with readers during her lifetime, though the critical reception to her books was often much cooler. Attracted to the natural wildness and violent history of Cornwall, du Maurier escaped there from the spotlight , and frequently used it as a locale for her novels.

Dick Young is spending the summer at Kilmarth, the family home of his scientist frien
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Penny
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really quite a dreadful novel, though a page turner as Daphne du Maurier books tend to be. Guy called Richard takes a vacation at his friend Magnus's house in Cornwall. Magnus is a biochemist who has created a new drug and convinces Richard to try it: the drug transports Richard back in time 600 years to be an unseen witness of events among the minor nobility in 14th century England.

Two stories unwind side by side, Richard in the present, and Cornwall in the 1300s. Both are a let-down. Richard
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Angela
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The House On The Strand is a novel which draws together many of Daphne du Maurier’s talents as an author. We have an excellent story line; descriptions of the Cornish coast - an area which she knew well - and a feel for historical detail. All of these things give life to the story of Richard Young and his trips into the unknown.

Acting as a guinea pig for his scientist friend, Magnus, Richard Young takes part in an experiment using a drug that has been developed by Magnus. The hallucinogenic drug
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Bob
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's up to the reader to decide. The evidence is there for both points of view. Are we observing hallucinations or a window into the past? The pragmatist will side with the theory of chemically induced hallucinations. The romantic will side with the spiritual, a mind is opening a window to the past. Personally, sometimes I’m just an old softy, I like the romantic idea of a window to the past. It was interesting that du Maurier did not let our adventures off without suffering consequence for thei ...more
Ivan
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read "Rebecca" and a number of Lady Browning's short stories (notably "The Doll," "Kiss Me Again, Stranger," "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now") and thoroughly enjoyed them. I've attempted some other novels and found myself unable to finish - they just ran out of steam for me. However, with "House on the Strand" that was not the case. This is a page-turner; a fascinating time travel novel set in Cornwall in the late 1960s. There is never a dull moment from start to finish; and even when the p ...more
Space
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, time-travel
I think this had potential to be a great story. Unfortunately, it just didn't culminate that way. First of all, there were a whole slew of characters introduced all at the same time. If you've read any of my reviews you've probably seen evidence that I don't like this very much. I find it hard to get to know that many people all at once. Furthermore, all these people from the past are remarkably intertwined by - well, I guess by marriage, brotherhood, et cetera. Let's just say du Maurier is as b ...more
Susan
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2011
Interesting idea for a story - a man takes a formula and travels back in time and witnesses some events taking place around the area he lives in. However, is the past time real, is he hallucinating or as events seem to be blending together, is he slowly loosing his mind?

Yeah, I thought that sounded like a compelling story, too. However, though quite a bit was good, I found the main character to be on the selfish side, treating his wife shabbily. On the other hand, the wife was a bit of a shrew,
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Leslie
3 1/2 stars. An interesting plot, well-written but for some reason the narrator didn't ring true to me. Something about his narrative seemed feminine and I had to keep reminding myself that it was a man speaking. It also seemed a bit unbelievable that (view spoiler)

I did appreciate the deliberate a
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If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.

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