- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Virago; 1 edition (18 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781844080977
- ISBN-13: 978-1844080977
- ASIN: 1844080978
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.6 x 13.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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The Scapegoat Paperback – 18 May 2004
ISBN-13: 978-1844080977 ISBN-10: 9781844080977 Edition: 1st
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A good original novel, well tinged with nightmare - Times Literary SupplementWhat a magnificent thriller this is - NY Times Book ReviewNo other popular writer has so triumphantly defied classification . . . She satisfied all the questionable criteria of popular fiction, and yet satisfied the exacting requirements of "real literature", something very few novelists ever doShe wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality - Guardian
A masterful exploration of doubling and identity, and of the dark side of the self. One of du Maurier's most accomplished novels.
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It's thoughtful and has many beautiful moments. I especially connected to the main character's ...21 March 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
I was searching for a movie to watch when this movie popped up. I have a strong rule about reading the book version first, because it has never failed me in the past. Had I watched the movie instead of reading the book, I **never** would have touched the book, which would have been a shame. This book is a gem. It's thoughtful and has many beautiful moments. I especially connected to the main character's struggle to let "the man within" out to play. This book is for anyone who wishes they could break past their own prison bars and live the life they fantasize about....
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Better than the movie - much better10 July 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
I am embarrassed to say that it took the 2012 movie with John Rhys to turn me on to Daphne Du Maurier. She was one of those author's on my must read one day list. I am sorry I waited so long. Following the movie I read Du Maurier's probably most noted book Rebecca, which was annoyingly good (I wanted to dislike the main character as she is so servile - but I couldn't help but feel some empathy for her). Then decided to read the Scapegoat, having thought that I would have ruined my enjoyment of the book because I had seen the movie first. I was wrong. The book is really quite different - in fact you could probably say the movie is "loosely" based on Du Maurier's story. And as is often the case the book was so much better. A really good tale with clever plot twists and strong characters. Don't put off reading Du Maurier's works - you will only be disappointed with yourself for waiting.
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This story poses a question we ask ourselves and everybody else. A psychological thriller, a historical romance and a query to us all. Who are we..? Who am I? The good and the bad in us struggling , who Will prevail.? Trust your first instincts, your moral Fiber to the core, fight down the baser self. At the end, Love, compassion, tendresse wins,........
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Great... as always19 May 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
A word of warning, I read the introduction to this book on Kindle and it contained a few spoiler alerts!! I am a great fan of Daphne du Maurier. I love all her historical dramas so I wasn't sure if I would like a more modern theme. I was not disappointed. That ability she has to make the reader feel they are almost part of the scene is evident in this book also. She really brings everything to life. It seems a ridiculous idea that two people could swap identity and no one would know. Somehow it worked here. So many situation occurred that I wondered how John ( or Jean) would get out of but somehow he pulled it off and it didn't seem far-fetched or unrealistic. I wasn't sure I liked the ending of the book because I didn't know how the next era of Jean would work out but i guess that's left to the reader's imagination.
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Read this when it was first published and loved it. The writing is smooth and exact19 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Read this when it was first published and loved it. The writing is smooth and exact, the characters carefully written and the plot, well it is unlikely but never mind the story pulls you in and makes you a willing reader.
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