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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The complete review ‘s Review:. 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 authors.

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Pennac does a good job of describing Belleville, his family, the department store, the odd characters that populate it, and the police. April External links: Add to Your books.

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Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not xcapegoat to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. The customers take pity, the Store doesn’t have to replace the goods, and everybody is happy. You will never ever forget your first contact with the Malaussene family. With Malaussene, his extended and exhaustive family, and the people of Paris’s Belleville quarter.

In short, he’s so like the hero of a comic novel that he really couldn’t be pemnac else except possibly the hero of a comic film.


They all live together in chaotic but generally happy circumstances in Paris’ Belleville district — one noted for a large immigrant population and considered fairly seedy. Perec-translator and Oulipo member Ian Monk does an honorable job of translating a pennqc that is so heavy on slang that it almost sinks even in the original. Information from the Russian Common Knowledge.

The Scapegoat (Daniel Pennac) – book review

We grew up together. But one day, pennac the first or a series acapegoat bombs explodes in the toy department, he decides to resist the call of duty. Much of the entertainment comes from the menagerie of characters, starting with Ben himself and the extraordinary family he heads, consisting of five half-siblings the result of their mother’s wanderlust and a stinking, epileptic dog. She was born in Brussels and now lives in London.

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Scapegoat Daniel Pennac No preview available – As well as translating books sacpegoat French, she works as a travel writer, theater critic, and arts journalist. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.

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 think this was the problem I had with the book to start with: Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist.



CD Sccapegoat 0 editions. Nominally he is in Quality Control, but in fact he is the person called upon to take the rap when customers come in with complaints. Daniel Pennac has created one of the most original and memorable collections of characters. Customers come in complaining of nightmarish mishaps regarding their recent purchases, all out for their pound of flesh.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Once again, Malaussene becomes the prime vaniel. But then there is a series of bomb explosions in the store, and it starts to look as though Benjamin is going to be the scapegoat for something rather more serious than a defective fridge. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Benjamin Malaussene is a professional scapegoat.

This first novel featuring the Malaussene family establishes Benjamin’s status as the perfect scapegoat. References to this work on external resources. No eBook available Amazon.