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The House on the Strand de Daphne Du Maurier
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The House on the Strand (1969 original; edició 2003)

de Daphne Du Maurier (Autor)

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"Prime du Maurier. . . . She holds her characters close to reality; the past she creates is valid, and her skill in finessing the time shifts is enough to make one want to try a little of the brew."--New York Times
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The House on the Strand de Daphne du Maurier (1969)

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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 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 Roger.

To 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 questions 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 quite 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 more meaningful to me this go around. Nice to end the year with an old friend. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Really surprised by how disappointed I was. Didn't care for the protagonist and knowing that half the characters were long dead and couldn't possibly affect the outcome in the present-day setting made the whole thing seem pointless. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
Well, "Rebecca" this aint!

Richard, in between jobs and trying to decide whether to remain in England or move to the US with his wife, spends the summer holiday in the childhood house of his friend Magnus. A Biophysicist, Magnus has been working on a new drug, which he persuades Richard to try on himself. Richard is taken 600 years in the past, following a steward called Roger and the intricacies of large families and politics with land etc.

The side effects of the trips become worse, and add to the already taught relationship with his wife, all the time becoming more addictive.

Live other reviewers I did find all the 1300 relationships a little confusing, but this was certainly a different book to read, and well worth the time!

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  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
Dick Young experiments with a drug that takes him back in time to the 14th century as a disembodied observer.

DNF. I got about half way through and found I wasn't following the parts set in the 14th century at all because I couldn't keep track of who was who. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jan 7, 2022 |
Dick Young has been friends with biophysicist Magnus Lane for many years; when the latter invites the former to stay by himself at Magnus’s home in Cornwall for a holiday, Dick is pleased to do so. He has recently quit his publishing job in London and his wife Vita, an American, wants him to take a similar job with her brother and move to New York, but Dick doesn’t really want to go. At Kilmarth, Magnus’s home, he learns of a new drug that Magnus has developed, one that he agrees to take as a favor to his friend and one which transports him back to 14th Century Cornwall. He has no agency there, but is able to witness events and relationships among various landed families - and he is able to fall in love with one of them…. I was reminded a lot of another time-travel novel, “A Traveller in Time” by Alison Uttley, published in 1939 and having to do with a young girl who, recovering in the country from a serious illness, finds herself transported to the time of Elizabeth I and her great rival, Mary Queen of Scots; the mechanisms are different, but the methods of story-telling are similar. Du Maurier’s book was published in 1969, and the parallels to youth-culture drug use of the time are no doubt intended, although the characters are not part of that culture themselves. I found the book a little slow in the beginning, which I attribute more to my being more used to the swifter pace of modern novels than to any flaw in the book itself, and within a few chapters I was quite hooked. And I loved that one of the symptoms of Dick’s increasing dependence on the drug was, quite clearly to women anyway, a problem of hot flashes! Interesting read; recommended if you can find it. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Sep 5, 2021 |
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du Maurier, Daphneautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Beckman, IngridAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bormann, MargareteTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Brayfield, CeliaIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Keith, RonNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Martone, Maria NapolitanoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The simple and instant response to The House on the Strand is that it is a novel revisiting the themes expected of Daphne du Maurier, all about Cornwall, set in a mysterious mansion, and featuring romantic episodes in the region's history.
The first thing I noticed was the clarity of the air, and then the sharp green colour of the land.
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Never before, neither in my own world nor on the previous occasions when I strayed into the other, had I felt such a sense of unity. 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 be 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. (102)
"We're far too wrapped up in ourselves to encourage ghosts. Poor things, they'd wither away from tedium, unable to draw attention to themselves."
Could time be all-dimensional—yesterday, today, tomorrow running concurrently in ceaseless repetition?
When I lie I like to base the lie on a foundation of fact, for it appeases not only the conscience but a sense of justice.
. . . I thought how this thing of how well or how badly one had slept was really the great test of marital relationship; if one partner came off poorly during the night hours the other was immediately to blame, and the following day would come apart in consequence.
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