The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

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The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

The Scapegoat (Virago Modern Classics)

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possessed by a reckless feeling I had never known before, the sensation that I myself did not matter any more. But the question that really bugs me is why doesn’t anyone seem to notice that he’s not Jean – not his brother, his mother or even his wife and child? Their resemblance to each other is uncanny, and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking - until at last John falls into a drunken stupor. I’m quite enjoying Branwell Bronte, which I also planned to read so, happy I picked that up finally. The family in the story is being exposed from a unique position – that of a stranger and an intimate confidant both at the same time.

Strangely enough, The Scapegoat did not attract the same attention, although it is just as powerful a story. She often drops hints to the reader; clues carefully planted so that the reader is able to puzzle out the various roles and relationships before the viewpoint character John does. But, I've read other novels by du Maurier and that seems to be part of her style; she makes me come to my own conclusion.When John first arrives at the de Gue chateau, every member of the household is a stranger to him but we (and John) are given enough clues to gradually figure out who each person is and what their relationship is to Jean de Gue. As the days pass, we find out, along with John, who is who in the large family of Jean ('Monsieur le Comte'), the relationships between them and the past events that led to the present state of affairs. This isn’t a book I recommend to all my friends but if you’ve enjoyed Rebecca or Jamaica Inn or just good old fashioned classic novels then this might well be a good choice for you.

There is also another way to interpret the story, one which goes deeper into the psychology of identity - I won't say any more about that here, but if you read the book this theory may occur to you too.

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.

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