The Scapegoat

  • by Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by Paul Shelley
  • 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All he ever did in life was watch people, never partake in their happiness or pain. No family, no ties, no entanglements, no friends, nothing infinitely precious.
But where John's life was drearily detached, Jean's was over-encumbered by the ties John lacked - a warring family, an ailing business, a sordid past.
When they came face to face, Jean could not resist the opportunity to escape the trials of his messy existence. John, driven into the deception, faces the horror of his altar-ego's careless cruelty as he is drawn helplessly into a web of lies - and of love.

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Beckett and Green after bucket and spade....

Having been enthused by Rebecca and starting the opening chapters on the road to Manderley, I completed this one at an altogether slower pace over the course of a couple of long trips and some snatched glances in between times.

The quality of the writing here is of a much higher standard than the earlier du Maurier work that I worked through. The early chapters, actually, put me in mind of Beckett - each of the pieces of the narrative being laid out like a mathematical puzzle to great effect. In truth the narrative does eventually wander, but through the early opening runs I was taken along willingly and enjoyably, anticipating every twist and turn and believing each new piece put in front of me.

Towards the end it all gets a bit Graham Greene, if you know what I mean. No bad thing though and certainly giving lie to the idea that the author is in any way narrow or limited. Quite the opposite, in fact, I think on this showing, she deserves more serious recognition that the gift buyings in seaside Fowey might credit her with.

Worth the effort of sticking with through the later meanderings, because it all works out worthwhiledly in the end.
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- Stephen "Classics,contemporary fiction, Politics, Philosophy, Economics - a weekly eye on The New Yorker & The Guardian and dense word style/play."

Brilliant and gripping

Really recommend. What would you do if you met a stranger who stole your identity and left you with his. Really interesting characters and beautiful description and moments of intense suspense.
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- Cat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios