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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks (Dec 31 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142001848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142001844
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 127 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,934,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on May 29 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Escher Twist is lots of fun for anyone who enjoys the drawings of M C Escher. This Boston-based murder mystery is illustrated throughout by reproductions of his art work, including those persistent ants on their twisted band of paper.
Like Escher's parade of ants on the Möbius strip, the characters march around and around and end up back where they started. Like Escher's "Birds and Fish", The plot has repeating patterns that change subtly over time until they turn into something quite different. The images in Escher's "Reflecting Sphere" become Doppelgänger. (How many women in green coats? How many shy Leonards?) Most dramatically, there are the stark contrasts of dark and light: Here is love and hate; joy and tragedy; kindness and malevolence.
The husband and wife detective pair of Homer and Mary Kelly struggle to relate the people in torn pieces of family photographs. Which is up and which down? Who is parent and who child? And just as the puzzle pieces begin to fit, the pattern breaks up again like a surreal dream. By the way, just in case you rushed to read the book without checking its cover, count carefully how many pillars there are in the pagoda.
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By MZ on Feb. 24 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, I have never read Jane Langton before. I picked this book up from the New Mysteries section of my local library, based entirely on its intriguing cover (yes, I judged the book based on its cover).
Having never read Jane Langton before, I knew only what the back of the book stated. After reading it, I am ready to rush out and find more of her books.
I give this book five stars because it grabbed me. And it grabbed me right away. The characters were fascinating from the get-go, especially the way they were introduced. I have never been to Cambridge, but I felt that Langton painted the town with vibrant yet surreal colors.
In addition, this book contained a lot of math concepts that I did not know about before, but were presented in such a way as to not seem confusing or above my head. In fact, I had to make my own Moebius Strip just to see for myself how wonderful they are. The theme was well carried in this book. Big thumbs up! A mystery like no other I have read. Cannot wait to read another one.
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I am a big fan of Jane Langton's, having read all but two of her earlier Homer Kelly mysteries (no longer in print). I have to say that while this book is better than most mysteries being sold today, it is not great in comparison with her earlier efforts.
In this entry, Homer & Mary Kelly set out to help a man, Leonard Sheldrake, find a woman with whom he has fallen in love (at first sight while at an Escher exhibition in a museum). The woman is not easy to find as she is attempting to avoid one of her relatives, a woman set on vengeance for the death of her baby.
The plot of this book is not as complicated as others by Ms. Langton but still was sometimes a bit confusing for me, particularly with regards to some torn up photographs found by Leonard. I had to read the paragraphs describing the pictures a couple of times to get the images straight in my mind and even then I am not for sure that I had it all correct.
But, when all is said and done, this is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone, particularly if they are already familiar with the series.
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