The House on the Strand

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1969 - Fiction - 298 pages
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In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present.

Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical researcher, asks his friend Richard Young and Young's family to stay at Kilmarth, an ancient house set in the wilds near the Cornish coast. Here, Richard drinks a potion created by Magnus and finds himself at the same spot where he was moments earlier--though it is now the fourteenth century. The effects of the drink wear off after several hours, but it is wildly addictive, and Richard cannot resist traveling back and forth in time. Gradually growing more involved in the lives of the early Cornish manor lords and their ladies, he finds the presence of his wife and stepsons a hindrance to his new-found experience. Richard eventually finds emotional refuge with a beautiful woman of the past trapped in a loveless marriage, but when he attempts to intervene on her behalf the results are brutally terrifying for the present.

Echoing the great fantastic stories of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, The House on the Strand is a masterful yarn of history, romance, horror, and suspense that will grip the reader until the last surprising twist.

  

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I really enjoyed this book. Richard is convinced to try a drug his professor friend has concocted, and is amazed when it appears to transport his mind temporarily back in time. The experience is ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
22
Chapter Four
35
Chapter Five
46
Chapter Six
56
Chapter Seven
71
Chapter Eight
81
Chapter Fourteen
158
Chapter Fifteen
173
Chapter Sixteen
183
Chapter Seventeen
193
Chapter Eighteen
211
Chapter Nineteen
219
Chapter Twenty
231
Chapter Twentyone
243

Chapter Nine
91
Chapter Ten
103
Chapter Eleven
114
Chapter Twelve
128
Chapter Thirteen
143
Chapter Twentytwo
256
Chapter Twentythree
268
Chapter Twentyfour
283
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About the author (1969)

In addition to The Scapegoat and The House on the Strand, Dame Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) wrote more than twenty-five acclaimed novels, short stories, and plays, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman's Creek, and "The Birds.

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