The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

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The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

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She continued writing under her maiden name, and her subsequent novels became bestsellers, earning her enormous wealth and fame. In a nightmarish scenario that follows, John finds himself overwhelmed by his “new” family members’ attention and, in some cases, hostility. But, this is Daphne du Maurier, and she alone seemed to have possessed the necessary talent and skill to bring even the most unpromising scenario to the heights of realism.

Ao longo dos dias, vamos descobrindo, com John, quem é quem na família de Jean ("Monsieur le Comte"), que relacionamento têm uns com os outros e quais os acontecimentos passados que levaram ao estado de coisas presente. And if you could step into one of these men's lives - by trading places --as a stranger/ actor taking over the role.Next day he wakes to find his clothes and possessions gone, with Jean's chauffeur urging him to get dressed (in Jean's clothes which are left for him) and come home to the ancestral château. Adrian Harrington began trading in 1971, as part of Harrington Brothers in the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's fashionable King's Road. So the Englishman steps into the Frenchman's shoes, and faces a variety of perplexing roles - as owner of a chateau, director of a failing business, head of a fractious family, and master of nothing. I had read two other books by Dame Daphne du Maurier and very much liked them: Rebecca (1938) and My Cousin Rachel (1951).

As I approached the end I started to worry whether du Maurier would land a bail out happy ending on her readers, even though I couldn’t really work out what this would look like. They were real, fallible human beings, and as John and I learned more about their past – and about Jean – I understood how their characters and attitude had been formed.I’ve heard so many great things about this book, and your enticing review leaves me feeling all the more intrigued by it.

I read The Glass-Blowers this week and so was also thinking about The Scapegoat because both are set in the rural countryside. Thus none of the French associations are there, and in fact the story is entirely different, with different characters, different major and critical episodes - and even a different ending!But isn’t he somehow responsible for these people now that he has allowed himself to be an accomplice to this deception? At the start of the book, he is on his way back to a London he would rather not reach and considers stopping off at a Trappist Monastery for succour.

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