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The House on the Strand

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Dick Young is lent a house in Cornwall by his friend Professor Magnus Lane. During his stay he agrees to serve as guinea pig for a new drug Magnus has discovered in his biochemical research; the effect of which is to transport Dick from the house at Kilmarth to the Cornwall of the 14th century.

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Paperback, 329 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Virago Press Ltd (first published 1969)
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Bionic Jean
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
Elyse  Walters
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-
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Maria Espadinha
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fill the Gaps

When it takes to time traveling stories I always prefer the ones that lead us into the past...

Why 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
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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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
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"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
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
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Natalie Richards
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
Another outstanding book by du Maurier. A very engaging story involving dual stories and time travel! Hugely enjoyed :-)
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying reading her books. This mixture of time travel through drugs back to 14th century is memorizing. Dick his torn between his mundane present life and the excitement of medieval Cornwall. Vita his American wife is unlikeable in comparison to Isolde and also boring. Dissatisfaction with his life leads Dick to taking the drug more and more with an ambiguous ending.
May 18, 2008 added it
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
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Another winner by Daphne du Maurier. I must admit that I love reading stories with a gothic tone, romance & of days long ago. Daphne writes this story after having to move to Kilmarth. This book has a historical bend that has fact & fiction to this story. This story has the main character Dick who time travels to the past post Crusades in the year 1335. Daphne having had many members of her family deal with the addictive personalities dealing with alcohol & in 1967 while writing this book the dr ...more
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
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Connie G
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, time-travel
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
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
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 dru
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
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.
Jan 31, 2016 marked it as to-read
Daphne du Maurier wrote a novel with time travel in it and you guys didn't even tell me.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful haunting tale of time travel...Highly recommended..Will surely be reading more of Daphne Du Maurier's stories..
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Thank you Aparna for the recommendation.

A time travel tale set in the 20th as.well as 14h century. It all starts when Richard Young decides to spend a vacation in the house of his friend and former mentor, Professor Magnus Young, an enthusiastic person who dabbles in all phenomena curious to humans.
He is asked to partake certain potions which enable him to time travel, albeit with certain consequences.. slowly and steadily Young gets psychologically embroiled in the 14th century lives of the la
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: si-fi-fantasy
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
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