13 January 2018

The House on the Strand / Daphne du Maurier



Agreeing to participate in an old friend's experiment, Dick takes a potion that catapults him into events that occured in the  Cornish village where he is staying — back in the 14th century. The visions he experiences are absolutely realistic. Although invisible to the people he encounters there, he senses an immediate connection to one of them, a nobleman's steward, and feels compelled to follow him. As each  successive trip strengthens the emotional pull towards that "other" time, Dick starts to confuse the two worlds. But is he hallucinating, has he tapped into some ancestral brain, or is he travelling in time?

I could almost cry at the thought that I came *this close* to not reading this fantastic novel! I love Rebecca, so I was well-disposed to try more Daphne du Maurier, but then I saw someone describe The House on the Strand as "a bit science-fictiony," which rather put me off... Thankfully, my intention to go through all the unread books on my shelves led me to pick it up.

This is one of those books that completely invade my thoughts; I found myself thinking about it every moment of the day: while making lunch, in the shower, at the grocery store. In a way, my obsession mirrored Dick's, though without the physical symptoms. I sincerely wish this novel could have been twice as long.

2 comments:

  1. Hmmm… J'ai l'impression que j'aurais été portée à passer tout droit moi aussi, mais comme tu l'as tellement apprécié, tu as sérieusement piqué ma curiosité. Et j'ai de la chance: ma bibliothèque municipale en a une copie en anglais! Et clic, il est ajouté à ma liste pour une prochaine fois où j'y passerai! (J'adore la fonction, dans mon dossier sur le site web de la bibliothèque, qui permet de me constituer une liste de ce que je veux y emprunter éventuellement. C'est tellement pratique de pouvoir ainsi retrouver facilement et rapidement tous les livres qui ont piqué ma curiosité, comme ça! Nettement plus efficace que la multitude de petits papiers sur lesquels j'avais noté des titres…)

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    1. Ce sera intéressant de voir si nos goûts littéraires concordent! Connais-tu déjà Daphne du Maurier?
      Ah, les petis papiers... C'est génial, cette option! Il y a plusieurs années, j'ai adopté la solution du petit carnet où je note tous les titres intéressants; il est d'ailleurs maintenant presque plein :-)

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