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The Scapegoat

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Daphne du Maurier

"A good original novel, well tinged with nightmare."—Times Literary Supplement

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Author: Daphne du Maurier
2 reviews about The Scapegoat
review by . May 10, 2013
There are almost too many defensible ways to read and interpret English writer Daphne du Maurier's 1957 novel THE SCAPEGOAT.      -- First, the story is distinctly weird, eerie. My wife even found it frightening. A few years after World War II, French Count Jean de Gue tricks a mildly religious, conventionally good English university lecturer and writer John (no last name) into swapping identities with him. Implausibly, John, who speaks perfect French and is a ringer in looks, …
review by . November 17, 2002
How anyone can say that "The Scapegoat" is slow leaves me dumbfounded. The week in the life of British historian and lecturer, John, posing as Jean, the impoverished Comte of the chateau de Gue is a journey of the mythic hero, going off into unknown territory and accomplishing a mission where he is thereby transformed. Before the switch, John feels like a voyeur, reading and studying people from a distance rather than actually living in the midst of them. Once he is immersed in Jean's life, he cannot …
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