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The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
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Jan 22, 2011

really liked it
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Read in December, 2010

I truly enjoyed this book. Two men, one English and the other French, who look remarkably similar exchange places (although unbeknownst to one) and they live out each other's lives for one week. The story follows the path of the Englishman, the one who was tricked into switching. At first the story seemed monotonous. Here was this man that did not go after the individual who stole his identity, but instead took over the thief's identity whole heartedly. The Englishman is able to convince almost everyone around him that he is in fact the Frenchman. Over the course of the week, the Englishman grows close to the people in his new life, bonding with them in a way that even the Frenchman could not do in the course of his life. However, the reader soon discovers that the Frenchman is in fact a selfish vindictive individual who takes pleasure from other's suffering. Du Maurier does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged, wondering when the two men will meet again and, if they do, what becomes of their identities.

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