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The House on the Strand

 
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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 12:59 pm    Post subject: The House on the Strand Reply with quote

This is my favourite out of all Daphne du Maurier's works and I have read it about 4 times over the years. It is set around Tywardreath near St Austell.

In it the hero tests out a drug invented by his close scientist friend. It has the effect of taking him back (mentally but not physically) to the 14th Century, with all the changes of landscape and buildings, and he becomes obsessed with the people of that time, although they don't see him. When the drug wears off he finds himself in the present day but he begins to prefer that early time to his own unsatisfactory unsettled life.

I have just spent 3 days in Par (the next little village) and had a good wander round some of the places mentioned. The house where the hero is staying was owned by du Maurier for a while and she was inspired to write the story when she discovered the old basement with rows of bottles containing odd specimens.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to have a wander round somewhere you've read about and imagined,Eileen.
I haven't read that book by her.
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