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 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 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 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 unique 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 Magnus danger ahead Worth reading but not my 1st choice d 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 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 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 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 that while he is away mentally his body is still in the present time and this presents a whole heap of dangers.
I 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 fashion.
I enjoyed it very much indeed
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 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 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 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 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 squire named
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 Now.
Our protagonist Dick has gained a new love the past Or precisely, he lov Ç The House on the Strand Ç 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 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 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 Th CenturyAlternate Cover Is Available Trailer Þ The House on the Strand PDF by ☆ Daphne du Maurier Here 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 brain I just came undone sort of It was very gruesom Another outstanding book by du Maurier A very engaging story involving dual stories and time travel Hugely enjoyed