The Scapegoat

The Scapegoat Best Read || [Daphne du Maurier] - The Scapegoat, The Scapegoat By chance John and Jean one English the other French meet in a provincial railway station Their resemblance to each other is uncanny and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking until at

  • Title: The Scapegoat
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • ISBN: 9780316252980
  • Page: 222
  • Format: ebook
  • The Scapegoat

    The Scapegoat Best Read || [Daphne du Maurier] - The Scapegoat, The Scapegoat By chance John and Jean one English the other French meet in a provincial railway station Their resemblance to each other is uncanny and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking until at

    • The Scapegoat Best Read || [Daphne du Maurier]
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    The Scapegoat

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    1. Elyse

      Thank You to the MANY readers who came before me I m no longer a virgin to author Daphne Du Mauier Special thanks to Jean, Sara, and Candy Two men English, John the narrator , the other French, Jean de Gue , meet by chance one evening It s like looking into a mirror they look almost identical other than the color of their eyes At the start of the novel, we learn that John on holiday in France was a historian and gave lectures in England about his country and it s past Not married and has no chil [...]

    2. Candi

      My only complaint with reading a Daphne du Maurier novel is that every book I pick up for some time afterwards pales in comparison The depth of the characterizations, the richly described settings, and the undercurrent of suspense throughout never fail to enthrall me No less so with this one, The Scapegoat I found myself once again under du Maurier s spell John is an Englishman well educated in everything French the language, the history and the culture He passes on all his knowledge as a lectur [...]

    3. Marita

      4.5 starsBe careful what you wish forIn The Key of the Tower by Gilbert Adair, an Englishman and a Frenchman swapped cars and mayhem ensued In Daphne du Maurier s The Scapegoat, a Frenchman and an Englishman swap identities, although it isn t exactly a mutual decision.John, an Englishman, is a francophile and historian He meticulously prepares his scholarly lectures for his students, but there is a certain detachment to what he does He is law abiding, unmarried and has no family ties He spends m [...]

    4. Mary Beth

      4.5 stars I have read several of Daphne Du Maurier s books and loved every single one Rebecca is my favorite but this book came very close to it.I will be reading of her books What would you do if you came face to face with yourself That s what happens to John, an Englishman on holiday in France, when he meets his exact double a Frenchman called Jean de Gue John agrees to go for a drink with Jean but falls into a drunken stupor and wakes up in a hotel room to find that Jean has disappeared, tak [...]

    5. Jean

      Have you ever wanted to run away from your life What would happen if you suddenly had the chance to would you grasp the nettle Or what if a new life was imposed on you, whether you liked it or not Such is the premise of Daphne du Maurier s 1957 novel, The Scapegoat.The Scapegoat is reminiscent of novels such as, The Prisoner of Zenda and according to one of Daphne du Maurier s biographers, this rollicking adventure was a favourite story of Daphne s when she was a little girl But it also owes a g [...]

    6. Sara

      If you have ever read any of Daphne du Maurier s novels, you will immediately recognize what I mean when I say the narrator here is another of her identity free individuals Like the new Mrs De Winter in Rebecca or the tour guide brother in Flight of the Falcon, this narrator is a person without any sense of importance, sense of self or sense of his own value He is so unloved and disconnected that he can assume another man s life and involve himself immediately in the other man s world to the poi [...]

    7. Andrew Smith

      I must admit to feeling a little nervous about taking on this book Novels of a certain age really aren t my thing, I seem to struggle with everything about them If it s not the stilted or overblown language it is a plot that feels horribly tame and dated If there s a phobia attached to reading these books, then I have it I d never read a book by Daphne du Maurier before so I wasn t sure quite which I d get the overblown or the stilted but I was confident the plot would be asinine And guess what, [...]

    8. Enchantressdebbicat ☮

      Very clever and enjoyable I am not sure what I can say about this that hasn t already been said in other reviewsbut, I can tell you for certain that I loved it So, I can add that to the others that truly enjoyed this novel It was unexpected It wasn t even what I thought it would be about when I had so many times passed it over for something else I might not had read it had it not been for my reading group picking it as a buddy read and, well, I like to read with those gals The book has been summ [...]

    9. Lori

      Very thought provoking novel I found the premise of this story very intriguing and I found I couldn t stop wondering what I would do if I met my exact double I think the hair on the back of my neck would stand up if I walked into a pub and sat down next to a clone of myself But that s just the beginning of this adventure Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, the narrator finds himself in another world a world that he finds curiouser and curiouser So, what happens when you come face to face wi [...]

    10. Teresa Proença

      para l de qualquer zona proibidah um espelho para a nossa triste transpar ncia Alejandra Pizarnik Rene Magritte The Musings Of The Solitary Walker

    11. Emma

      What an amazing story I read the second half in one go because I just couldn t put it down Oh what a tangled web This book had all the feels sadness, hope, love, regret, redemption, transformation and loss The ending was the right one but I railled against it Once again I am in awe of Du Maurier s skill This story will sit with me for quite some time.Recommended

    12. Judy

      Scapegoat has an intriguing history as a word Originally, in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, the High Priest confessed the sins of the people on the Day of Atonement over the head of a live goat which was then allowed to escape, taking the sins with it From this religious tradition developed the meaning of a person, group or thing who takes the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others In Daphne du Maurier s excellent novel, an English history professor on his way home from holiday in Fran [...]

    13. Misfit

      Two strangers, identical in appearance, a chance meeting and lives are forever changed English John meets French Count Jean and share dinner and drinks as they discuss the remarkable likeness the two share But Jean s financial problems drive him to render John unconscious, switch identities and leave him in his place to deal with his failing glass factory and fractious family John soon finds himself in the midst of a mine field dealing with a pregnant wife , a couple of mistresses one of those b [...]

    14. Jessica

      An extraordinary novel by the incomparable Du Maurier Most know the plot an Englishman and scholar, bored with his life of detachment, is pushed to change identities with his doppelganger, Jean de Gue, and take on his life and famille in an aged Chateaux and glass blowing factory in France Exquisitely plotted, richly textured, Du Maurier s novel is fully convincing in its portrait of de Gue s adopted life and waysuntil perhaps the twists and turns of the ending I m still thinking about how it en [...]

    15. Marian

      Someone jolted my elbow as I drank and said, Je vous demande pardon, and as I moved to give him space he turned and stared at me and I at him, and I realized, with a strange sense of shock and fear and nausea all combined, that his face and voice were known to me too well Two men one English, the other French meet by chance in a provincial railway station and are astounded that they are so much alike that they could easily pass for each other Over the course of a long evening, they talk and drin [...]

    16. Laura

      I would give 4 stars to this book However, the plot is very unlikely even that is captivating story A quite disappointing end, I was expecting a dramatic one.

    17. João Carlos

      John e Jean Alec Guiness no filme The Scapegoat O Outro Eu 1959 realizado por Robert HamerExcepcionalAdorei o final Aben oados 5 na Bertrand Review mais tarde view spoiler N o se trata do que fizeste, mas do que foste preciso que uma mulher seja muito est pida para n o distinguir um homem do outro quand ils font l amour Senti me derrotado Contudo, pouco me importei, porque a tinha junto de mim Possuis uma coisa que lhe falta, a ele Por isso que eu percebi O que que eu possuo inquiri Chamemos lhe [...]

    18. Laura

      When a dissatisfied Englishman on holiday collides with someone in a railway station, he realizes he s looking at his double only his double is French The next morning, the Englishman discovers his passport and papers have been replaced by the Frenchman s, so he figures his best option is to assume the Frenchman s identity Navigating his new role as master of a chateau and head of a complicated family and family business is tricky enough for the Englishman, but adding to the suspense are his eff [...]

    19. Tom

      Up to its heavy handed Christian closing, I was in love with this book Du Maurier brilliantly, engrossingly, explores the haunting yet goofy idea of the doppleganger The navigation of French culture, mistresses, children, dogs, another s life completely, comes to you mazelike in the narrative And always, du Maurier twists the tension gleefully.

    20. Cphe

      This I think would have to be my favorite du Maurier novel to date A marvelous writer Loved the premise of the novel, the convoluted storyline and the way the relationships were portrayed Was initially a bit disappointed with the ending but on reflection it was fitting.A big thank you to the readers who gave me the heads up with this one.

    21. Kiwi Begs2Differ✎

      Another suspenseful masterpiece from DuMaurier, the story of a chance encounter between John, an English lecturer, and Jean, his French count doppelganger, and the life changing implications of an impromptu change of identities As John cast himself into Jean s part, he quickly discovers the main players in his double s life, and the expectations that come with his role within the family , secrets are revealed that makes John question Jean s intentions and moral code The novel has many interestin [...]

    22. Randee

      Daphne du Maurier is one of my very favorite writers One of my reading goals is to read her entire collection As of now, I have read Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn and a variety of her short stories, including her famous short story The Birds which Alfred Hitchcock based his film of the same name She never disappoints and The Scapegoat is no exception She is a master storyteller and writes vivid prose Her stories stand up over time because they have a rather timeless quality to them I en [...]

    23. Susu

      4.5 starsI planned to write a review, but instead I will simply post my comment made on LeAnne s great review of another book Last night I finished The Scapegoat As I was thinking about it , I realized that a major reason I liked it so other than the wonderful writing was that I never felt manipulated, emotionally or otherwise no twists thrown in without reason, no overinflated social issues, no multiple overinflated social issues, nothing thrown in just for shock value I could go on and on with [...]

    24. Tina

      Not As Good As The MovieI started reading this after watching The Scapegoat, a 2012 production by Charles Sturridge on Netflix and absolutely loving it Then, after searching for it in various libraries without finding, I went out and bought it off .So if you are like me, and want to read the book because you liked the movie, I should warn you that the film is an adaptation and doesn t follow the book closely at all, especially not the ending The major differences involve the love story non exist [...]

    25. Lemar

      When we read a novel we get to inhabit another person s life, feel the slights they suffer and enjoy their triumphs Daphne Du Maurier doubles down on this doppelness by having her protagonist literally assume the life of his French lookalike Du Maurier is a master of rendering emotional nuance and in the Scapegoat she takes on family life in all its complexity and contradiction.

    26. Book Concierge

      From the book jacket Two men one English, the other French meet by chance in a provincial railway station and are astounded that they are so much alike that they could easily pass for each other Over the course of a long evening, they talk and drink It is not until he awakes the next day that John, the Englishman, realizes that he may have spoken too much His French companion is gone, having stolen his identity For his part, John has no choice but to take the Frenchman s place as master of a cha [...]

    27. harryknuckles

      What would you do if you came face to face with yourself Two men, one a rather shabby French aristocrat called Jean, and the other a down at heel English teacher of French history called John, meet by chance in France John longs for a life so different to his own Jean has all the ties and responsibilities John has never known a crumbling family business, a sick mother, a dependent wife and child, and a reputation John and Jean also happen to be identical Wishing to escape the tangled mess of his [...]

    28. Duncan Wood

      I would recommend this novel to anyone who thought Daphne du Maurier never wrote another decent book after My Cousin Rachel All in all, The Scapegoat is strangely underlooked, a neglected gem It s hard to see why this one gets forgotten, as the premise is intriguing, the plot gripping and du Maurier s grip on the narrative is masterful and never falters I sometimes struggle, in her historical novels, to grasp the tangled family trees and the sometimes unpronounceable Cornish place names, but tha [...]

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