The Scapegoat They met purely by chance Jean the Frenchman and John the Englishman Standing before the mirror in a Paris restaurant they gazed and their reflections It was uncanny they were as alike as identical t

  • Title: The Scapegoat
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
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  • Page: 254
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  • They met purely by chance Jean the Frenchman and John the Englishman Standing before the mirror in a Paris restaurant, they gazed and their reflections It was uncanny they were as alike as identical twins Amazed at the resemblance, they dined together The next morning John awoke from a drugged sleep to find himself in a strange hotel The Frenchman had taken John sThey met purely by chance Jean the Frenchman and John the Englishman Standing before the mirror in a Paris restaurant, they gazed and their reflections It was uncanny they were as alike as identical twins Amazed at the resemblance, they dined together The next morning John awoke from a drugged sleep to find himself in a strange hotel The Frenchman had taken John s baggage and papers and left his double to assume the lifestyle he no longer wanted and the responsibilities he could no longer face And the former English university professor was now the mysterious and wealthy Count de Gue

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 spen [...]

    4. 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 more 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 disapp [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 t [...]

    7. 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 asi [...]

    8. 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 bee [...]

    9. 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 f [...]

    10. "para lá de qualquer zona proibidahá um espelho para a nossa triste transparência"— Alejandra Pizarnik(Rene Magritte - The Musings Of The Solitary Walker)

    11. 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. 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 F [...]

    13. 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 th [...]

    14. 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 ho [...]

    15. 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 a [...]

    16. 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 more dramatic one.

    17. John e Jean - Alec Guiness no filme The Scapegoat/O Outro Eu (1959) realizado por Robert HamerExcepcionalAdorei o final(Abençoados 5€ na Bertrand!)Review mais tarde(view spoiler)["- Não se trata do que fizeste, mas do que foste É preciso que uma mulher seja muito estúpida para não 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 é que eu percebi."- O que [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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. 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. 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 ma [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 a [...]

    24. 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 amazon.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 [...]

    25. 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. 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 [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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, bu [...]

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