The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

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The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

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It was also the basis of a film broadcast in 2012 starring Matthew Rhys and written and directed by Charles Sturridge. In fact it is neither a straightforward adventure story as in Anthony Hope's tale, nor a dark study of two individuals; personalities within the same body, as in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror story. From this religious tradition developed the meaning of a person, group or thing who takes the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others.

Or, have many people counting on you - wife - mother - daughter - brother - sister-in-law- friends with benefits - business associates- and feel resentful? I seriously doubt a stranger could step into someone else’s shoes without being discovered, but it does sound like a fascinating premise. Chock-a-block full of symbolism, this is a very well thought out plot but I think the less said the better. possessed by a reckless feeling I had never known before, the sensation that I myself did not matter any more.

It is in one of those cities, in a bar near the railway station, that he encounters a Frenchman named Jean who both looks and sounds exactly like him. It is frustrating to feel this way about a book by an author, whose books I've esteemed so far, and every negative feeling is penned here with a very heavy heart.

A escrita é muito boa, a autora é mestra em criar tensão e a leitura tornou-se compulsiva, na ânsia de saber o que passaria a seguir e como iria John desembaraçar-se das várias situações que iam surgindo e, sobretudo, de como se iria resolver esta confusão no final. So, what happens when you come face to face with your exact double but wake up the next day only to find that he/she has switched identities with you? I had read two other books by Dame Daphne du Maurier and very much liked them: Rebecca (1938) and My Cousin Rachel (1951).

How lovely to have got to this one so early and had the chance to re-read it often – I love tales of re-reading, and how books change as we change. After a night of drinking, he finds himself having to take on the identity of this man, an earl caught in financial and domestic trouble. For instance, what if her ancestors did not land up in England but remained in France, running a glass-blowing factory (the verrerie). Exploring the derelict buildings, she saw fragments of the glass they had made, still there, scattered by the wind. John learns that Maurice Duval, former head of the glassworks, was killed during the German Occupation.

It provides neither the delicious twist we have learnt to expect from this author, nor the massive ambiguity she can do so well. Someone jolted my elbow as I drank and said 'Je sous 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. And if you could step into one of these men's lives - by trading places --as a stranger/ actor taking over the role.There are heart-stopping moments where the readers wonder whether the dog will recognise the supplanted character of John, in the place of César's master, the Count. And another biographer, Margaret Forster, reprints a letter, which Daphne du Maurier wrote in the same year of The Scapegoat's publication, 1957, just after her (Daphne's) husband Tommy had had a nervous breakdown. Gripping and complex, The Scapegoat is a masterful exploration of doubling and identity, and of the dark side of the self. It is evident that he is travelling through France, where he meets a man who eerily is his double in looks; a confident French count, Jean de Gué.

By clever means and not to his liking the Englishman finds himself forced to impersonate the Frenchman and inherits the Frenchman’s life and family…a brother and a sister and a mother and they’re all messed up to varying degrees, and a wife, and she is unhappy because her husband has been essentially ignoring her and only married her for a potential buttload of money if she produces a son for him (complicated legal arrangement regarding her dowry). I never knew WHY until I finally started to read it, sixty-odd years later (thanks to my friend Sara’s recommendation on GR)! In Daphne du Maurier's excellent novel, an English history professor on his way home from holiday in France, is reflecting on his unfulfilling and lonely life when he meets a man in a restaurant. Although Jekyll became subsumed and ultimately destroyed by the malignant influence of Hyde, John conversely seems to become more self-possessed and confident through his exploration of his darker self.This one sounds pretty appealing, and your high rating is very encouraging; also, as I loved Rebecca, I’m happy to see there are perhaps some similarities between the two! A story that examines identity and fate in a thoughtful way, written in the author's elegant but provoking pen. In this vein, the characters in the story lost all sense of time, and John finds himself in a dream-state where time as we know it almost ceases to matter. Du Maurier paints us the image of old times still being relived: modern developments wound people who refuse to face up to reality.

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