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Du bist ich: Die Geschichte einer Täuschung

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Alvey Clement und Louisa Winship stammen zwar aus sehr unterschiedlichen Gesellschaftsschichten und sind vom Temperament her ganz verschieden, aber vom Aussehen her sind sie sich völlig gleich. Die verwöhnte Louisa, deren Lebenstraum es ist, als Missionarin nach Indien zu gehen, und deren Eltern strikt dagegen sind, ersinnt einen Plan: Alvey soll ihren Platz in der Familie ...more
Paperback, 421 pages
Published 1991 by Diogenes (first published January 1st 1987)
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Apr 12, 2017 Quirkyreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joan Aiken's writing so far hasn't disappointed me. Granted this story had a slow start, but then it was off to the races.

The story is a bit of a crossover of Regency and Gothic genres. And yes one of the main characters is into Byron's writing.

Try and find a copy and give it a go.
As they prepare to leave their English boarding school, Louisa Winship has a dangerous proposal for orphaned Alvey Clement: they look so much alike they could be twins, so why doesn't Alvey return to Louisa's home and family, posing as Louisa and freeing her to pursue a forbidden life as a missionary in India? Alvey is intrigued despite herself and accepts, taking her place within Louisa's family. As she struggles not to reveal her identity, warm-hearted Alvey is drawn deeper into the family's t ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of my comfort books, i re read this every few years.
Mar 03, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: otro, historical
For some reason I was expecting something Heyer-esque. Something romantic and fun.

Instead, four people die during the course of the book. One's a suicide. One's a murder. One's due to old age, and the last is due to extended illness and/or a hereditary condition (I don't know whether the condition weakens the immune system). People become maimed and suffer strokes. Once I'd become aware of the dark nature of this novel, I spent a good portion of it expecting the odious Mr. Thropton to sexually a
Apr 29, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought a copy of this after reading a glowing review from another Goodreads member (I'll try to figure out who). I assumed it would be a book suited to one of my teen daughters - more of a young adult/tween kind of book (not that that is a bad thing).

Well, I was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Good writing, interesting plot, likeable heroine - this story almost had it all. I say it almost had it all because
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Jun 22, 2010 Kyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful romp ! This novel started off as a conventional Regency novel - you know, young lady lands herself in remote country house with a couple of young men in the offing - one a wounded veteran of Waterloo with aquiline blonde good looks and the other his intelligent companion in arms who is interested in psychiatry about a 100 years before Freud. There is a cranky Grandmother, a morose father, a mother who is an obsessive gardener, a thick-legged teenage daughter, a couple of enchan ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
The exchange of places between two school girls takes place so one can achieve her missionary goal of telling the heathens how wrong they are while the other seeks a quiet place to write her novel. The story follows Alvey north to Louisa's home near Hadrian's wall. There she finds the family readying for the eldest daughters marriage and the imminent return of the eldest son following Napoleon's defeat.

This novel has more of the feel of a multigenerational family saga than a regency comedy beca
Jun 14, 2016 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
I love Aiken's writing style. The book presented an interesting premise and the language and writing are witty and delightful. But I found the character development to be disappointing, especially the drastic change in personality and behavior of certain persons. And then, the ending! WHAT a disappointment. The entire book builds toward the crisis of what Alvey will do when her masquerade ends and then...we're not told! So sorry to give a favorite author a 2 star review, but there it is.
Jun 15, 2013 Gelynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really do love Joan Aiken's books each one has such a unique and different story. At first I thought this was going to be just like the Disney classic "The Parent Trap". But it is not, it is an interesting tale with interesting characters and a different twist on look-alikes. Easy to read and entertaining.
About two girls in Regency England who meet at an English boarding school and discover how much they look alike. They decide to trade places for a year, and when the truth comes out, the one girl is begged to stay on, to the displeasure of her "twin."
Jul 22, 2008 Fran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A flawed book, yet totally lovable. In the early 19th century, doppelgängers secretly change places and writer Alvey goes to live with obnoxious Louisa's noble family in Northumberland. I became so attached to the characters and setting that I didn't want the book to end.
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Jan 17, 2016 Claudi Feldhaus rated it it was amazing
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Eines meiner Lieblingsbücher von Joan Aiken, meiner Lieblingsautorin!
Jan 26, 2011 Mely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regency anti-romance inspired by Brat Farrar.
Lisa Houlihan
What a fun little romp.
Jun 09, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good quick read, rather predictable but fun to read nonetheless.
Jan 29, 2016 Tessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really lovely read.
Kylie Sparks
Oct 05, 2007 Kylie Sparks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about two women who look alike switching places. I read it as a child and I liked it so much I've re-read it maybe 5 times.
Feb 15, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frances Hodgson Burnett for grownups—and I mean that in the best way.
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can only locate this @ Geneva Public Library
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Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.
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