The Scapegoat by Daphne Du MaurierThe Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier

The Scapegoat

byDaphne Du Maurier

Paperback | February 27, 2000

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"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.

I was looking at myself."

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 chateau, director of a failing business, head of a large and embittered family, and keeper of too many secrets.

Loaded with suspense and crackling wit, The Scapegoat tells the double story of the attempts by John, the imposter, to escape detection by the family, servants, and several mistresses of his alter ego, and of his constant and frustrating efforts to unravel the mystery of the enigmatic past that dominates the existence of all who live in the chateau.

Hailed by the New York Times as a masterpiece of "artfully compulsive storytelling," The Scapegoat brings us Daphne du Maurier at the very top of her form.

In addition to The Scapegoat and The House on the Strand, Dame Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) wrote more than twenty-five acclaimed novels, short stories, and plays, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman's Creek, and "The Birds."
Title:The ScapegoatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:February 27, 2000Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081221725x

ISBN - 13:9780812217254


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I really enjoyed this novel and Du Maurier's writing. Her novels have a collective theme of double identity, and this one explored it more literally. highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it An excellent novel by a master writer. Love the plot of switched identities and then the attempt to protect a falsehood.
Date published: 2017-06-09

From Our Editors

According to lore everyone has a double somewhere in the world. Daphne Du Maurier’s compelling novel of identities lost and assumed is accepted as one of her finest and most artfully told works of literature. Detailing the chain of events that ensue after an Englishman meets his French double who shortly afterwards assumes his identity, forcing him to do the same, The Scapegoat follows the main character as he attempts to maintain his assumed identify until he is able to regain his own.

Editorial Reviews

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