The Scapegoat

Paperback | February 27, 2000

byDaphne Du Maurier

not yet rated|write a review
"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 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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$25.14 online
$28.00 list price (save 10%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

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 h...

From the Publisher

"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...

Born in London, the daughter of an actor, Gerald Du Maurier, and granddaughter of the novelist Goerge Du Maurier, Daphne Du Maurier was educated in Paris. Of her early life she wrote, "The Du Maurier family, like every other family in England, lived without fear of the future, happy in the security they believed to be enduring." In 193...

other books by Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca
Rebecca

Paperback|Jan 30 2003

$13.11 online$15.99list price(save 18%)
Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn

Paperback|Jan 6 1995

$9.94 online$10.50list price(save 5%)
The House On The Strand
The House On The Strand

Paperback|May 1 2003

$15.99

see all books by Daphne Du Maurier
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.28 × 5.46 × 0.85 inPublished:February 27, 2000Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081221725x

ISBN - 13:9780812217254

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Extra Content

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"