Daniel Pennac Pathetic, contrite and hapless, Benjamin is nonetheless the scapegoat at The Store: there is nothing for which he cannot be. A review and a link to other reviews of The Scapegoat (Au Bonheur des ogres) by Daniel Pennac. Benjamin Malaussäne’s official job title is Quality Controller, but since nobody could possibly control the quality of all the goods in his Parisian.

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He ends up the prime suspect for bombings he has nothing to do with unless being there is reason enough. In short, he’s so like the hero of a comic novel that he really couldn’t be anything else except possibly the hero of a comic film. I was born on the same day as my first dog. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. But one day, when the first or a series of bombs explodes in the toy department, he decides to resist the call of duty.

In Benjamin’s case, it is. You will never ever forget scapegiat first contact with the Malaussene family.

Au Bonheur des ogres – France. Malaussene has to be there to take the blame. The Scapegoat is a light-hearted entertainment. The Scapegoat – UK. Perec-translator and Oulipo member Ian Monk does an honorable job of translating a book that is so heavy on slang that it almost sinks even in the original. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising.


There is also, incidentally, a plot.

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The mystery part of the book is not its greatest strength. Scapfgoat voce femminile si diffonde dall’altoparlante, leggera e piena di promesse come un velo da sposa. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Being French, there are also a whole string of allusions to high-literary crime fiction Carlo Emilio Gadda, Jerome Charyn, etc.

But then there is a series of bomb explosions in the store, and it starts to look as daaniel Benjamin is going to be the scapegoat for something rather more serious than a defective fridge. The language will, however, be an obvious annoyance to many and particularly American readers.

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scapdgoat Paradies der Ungeheuer – Deutschland. Pennac does a good job of describing Belleville, his family, the department store, the odd characters that populate it, and the police. Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Information from the Russian Common Knowledge. La voz femenina cae del altavoz, ligera y prometedora como el velo de una novia.

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Ho alzato la cornetta del telefono e ho chiamato la Regina Zabo. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 1, 20 10, 3. It is a fun idea, and Pennac spins it out nicely. Google Books — Loading She was born in Brussels and now lives in London. Amazon Kindle 0 editions. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.


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From le Petit the youngest boy of this rag tag family of misfits to the latest baby named Verdun because she doesn’t just yell she howls like the bombs at the battle of Verdun, to Clara, sweet Clara to Benjamin who heads the family because he isn’t really given the choice and makes due and because it’s in his nature to be the scapegoat for everyone, his family included. I’m not sure if I’ll go on with this series, but it was an entertaining light read.

Scapegoat Daniel Pennac No preview available – Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. This preposterous selection is enough to break the hearts of readers on the other side of the Atlantic well, the three of you who have actually heard of these scapeyoat. This worked itself out eventually, but I felt uncomfortable with it in the first half of the book.

One of my all scapfgoat favourite series of novels starts with this quirky opening bow where amidst all the drama Benjamin finds love without looking for it.

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