Books: A Drink to Yesterday

THE HOUSE ON THE STRAND by Daphne du Maurier. 298 pages. Doubleday. $5.95.

One of her best. A fantasy involving late medieval Cornwall and Kilmarth, a house in which Daphne du Maurier lives, the book shrewdly borrows an old device to exploit the current literary craze for communication with the dead. Richard Young, a suggestible publisher, is persuaded by a scientist friend to be guinea pig for his latest discovery: a potion which abruptly evokes the past. One sip puts Young in the company of Roger Kylmerth, an early occupant of Kilmarth, who is immersed in the intricate plottings of the neighboring...

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