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Escape by [Magden, Perihan]
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“There are questions like that. Questions that must never be asked. Subjects that must never be brought up.”

Time passes slowly in the hotel rooms. This is what the daughter thinks. They’ve been moving since the beginning, in and out of hotels, sometimes staying for months, sometimes for a mere hour, but never with luggage, heavy things weighing them down. The mother and daughter are singular, a “Moon Unit,” revolving so far away that no one can touch them. They form attachments to no one, not the pool boy who watches the daughter swim for hours, nor the girl at the front desk who counts the moments she sees the daughter as little good luck charms for her day. They are bound together with a secret language, the beautiful girl loved solely by her mother, who will never ever ever leave her side.

Prize-winning Turkish novelist and journalist Perihan Magden delivers a heartbreaking meditation on the intense and sometimes isolated love between a mother and daughter against the world.

About the Author

Born in Istanbul, Perihan Magden has written novels, poetry, and a column in Turkey’s national daily newspaper, Radikal.She is the author of three novels currently available in English: Escape, Messenger Boy Murders,and 2 Girls. 2 Girls was made into a film by director Kutlug Ataman and premiered at the 2005 London Film Festival. Magden’s novels have been translated into eighteen languages, including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, and Dutch. She is an honorary member of British PEN and winner of the Grand Award for Freedom of Speech by the Turkish Publishers Association.

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  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (Sept. 11 2012)
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  • Language: English
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I read a lot, is my hobby, but this one was a punishment, is slow, boring and you never really understand the book, you never get an explanation of "why" the mother is hiding and running all the time, don't waste your time with this one.
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It was a depressing book. I was unable to finish reading it. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively Complex and a Slow Reveal Oct. 28 2012
By Mack - Published on
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This is an Amazon Crossing book that I was given as a review copy. My review is my own, no influence, and I don't review what I don't like.

I loved this book but it is one that crept up on me. Hard-edged crime fiction is what you will usually find me reading. Then a book like Escape comes along to remind me why I need to widen my interests. After I put it down I realized what a brilliant job the author did constructing this story.

An unnamed mother and daughter flee from an unspecified threat. For the daughter, living in hotel rooms around the world is the only life she has known. When the mother says danger is near, they escape, heading to the airport, taking only what will fit in backpacks. Whatever they accumulated during their stay they leave behind, baffling the hotel staff.

There is an underlying metaphor of the life of the mother and daughter in this book, Felix Salten's Bambi. The mother only calls her daughter Bambi or baby. Bambi is their Book of Prayer, their book of signs. The mother says "the dangers in Bambi are just like our own." If all you know of Bambi is the Disney film, get a copy of Salten's book. I did, and it is a brilliant framing device for the story.

Escape is narrated mainly by the daughter looking back at her life on the run. Interspersed with the daughter's narrative are first person observations from hotel staff and other outsiders. What they see and conclude are a dramatic contrast with the words of the daughter. Do we have a reliable or unreliable narrator?

With only 208 pages, I first thought that Escape was going to be a simple, straightforward story but I soon recognized that it is a deceptively complex, "slow reveal" novel where the reader is engaged in putting pieces of a puzzle together. The daughter's reminiscences and those of the outsiders are not told linearly so that events in one chapter will link to actions in later or previous chapters. This shifting interpretation of events contributes to an active and satisfying read.

There is crime and there is mystery in Escape but I wouldn't call it a crime or mystery novel. It is more an exploration of a strange, perhaps (or not) abusive relationship, a love between a mother and daughter so isolated, so encapsulated that the outside world doesn't have a chance of breaking in.

I enjoyed Escape, so much so that I read it twice and skimmed it once. Questions remain, there isn't a tidy resolution, but it is a very satisfying read and a book that I recommend.

Escape was translated from the Turkish by Kenneth Daken. I'm not sure how you evaluate a translation if you haven't read a book in the original language but for me, the language in Escape was natural and flowed. It didn't come across as stilted or with unusual word choices.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Escape Dec 28 2012
By Sandra - Published on
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A young girl, whose name we never learn, is on the run. Because mother and daughter are always running from "them', the girl has lived in nothing but hotel rooms. And she has lived with terror; terror of the darkness her mother sinks into on a regular basis; the terror of possibility of "them' catching up to them; the terror of something or someone upsetting her mother. Their Book of Prayer is BAMBI, and their life comes to resemble the story. The girl's mother has read the book to her so many times that the girl has memorized it.

This is a book of terror for the reader too. Little by little, the reader is enlightened as to what is actually going on. Little by little, the reader learns that not everything can be explained. Madness is like that.

This book is difficult to rate. It sure was effective in creating a world of terror, of scaring me and forcing me to wonder and to care about this girl. The images that were represented here, as well as the images that could only be imagined, were unforgettably frightening. I must say that the author was clever in how she divulged truths to the reader and in how she mysteriously led me to a place I did not want to go. However, I would not want to read a book like this very often. It was very difficult to take.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed Nov. 28 2012
By Daring Di - Published on
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I selected this book based on the blurb which indicates a woman and her daughter running for their lives. I thought it would be a thriller, but I was disappointed.

I tried to detect some continuity to the plot, but failed to understand anything except perhaps the mother was mentally unbalanced and kept her daughter away from people.

Knowing more about the woman's past, revealed slowly perhaps through the story, would have been nice. Knowing what caused her mental break would have been a nice addition, other than vague references to parents who might have been unsuited to raise a child.

The book seemed to rely too much on the young daughter's untutored impressions. The few monologues from hotel employees and others did little to enlighten the reader.

Based on the fact that it was written in a language other than my native English by an author from a different culture, I have to give credit where it is due. Wonderful idea but needs more in-depth prose on the mental condition and why it occurred.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Travelers without baggage July 25 2012
By E.M. Bristol - Published on
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Everywhere they go, people have questions. Who is that gorgeous young girl seemingly attached by an invisible leash to the scowling crone? Are they even related? Has she been kidnapped? And should somebody do something - say, like notify the authorities?

Surprisingly, no one does, at least not right away, because what they're doing is technically legal, even if bizarre, and the woman's such a witch when crossed, plus otherwise there wouldn't be much of a story. Narrated mainly by Bambi, the daughter in question, plus regular observations from hotel staff, "Escape," tells the enigmatic tale of a young girl coming of age on the run. Although Danish, Bambi and her mother have no fixed identity, as they move from hotel to hotel, country to country, at the slightest provocation by the "Horrid Hordes," who don't understand Bambi's special sensitive mother. They do have to leave kind of abruptly, but mom does let Bambi decorate their rooms with seashells and toys, and also, she'll never, ever treat her in the cold, cruel way her own mom (or Bambi's namesake's mom) did. Right?

"Escape" does a good job of capturing the emotions of a girl whose circumstances have forced her to grow up faster in many ways than how her mom wants, but whose lack of peer interaction also makes her childlike and naive. The problem, for me, is that the mom managed to get away with such antisocial behavior for so long. I can't go into detail without spoilering it, but what about DNA tests? If Bambi is so beautiful to the point that everyone who sees her stops what they're doing to gape - and we hear repeatedly that she is - how could they not be identified and turned in to the authorities on a faster basis? The story takes place in the present - what with modern technology being what it is, even if the mom and daughter choose not to use it, how could this not happen sooner? This may sound like a nitpick, but it made the book unconvincing for me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entangled in Escape Oct. 24 2012
By J.E. Ocean - Published on
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ESCAPE by Perihan Magden would be best described as a psychological thriller, and is easily one of the most disturbing and haunting books I have read in a long time. The format of the book took a little getting used to. The story is told from the eyes of the young daughter sometimes speaking to her mother, and alternately describing their arrivals and the minutia the make up their days. Her keen perspective begins innocently, and evolves as the girl grows older. She knows they are always traveling light and running.
From who? For what? While these questions bubble like winter stew in the back of your mind, Bambi and Mother (not their real names) land in cities and seaside hotels around the world where they collect pebbles and shells and other daily accouterments needed to make the hotel room "theirs." Inevitably, some dark event presents itself causing them to leave everything behind and run off to the next city, country or continent.
Every few chapters, would be a bit from someone who saw them. After reading the book for three days after work, it was getting under my skin. It became clear what was happening, and I had reached a point that they either needed to stop running or I had to finish the book.
When I finished ESCAPE I had no preconceived notion of how the book would end, or even how it could end. It was very surprising and unsettling. ESCAPE is told in such an unfamiliar way that it could be used as a study in style. To say I enjoyed the book would be a stretch. I give it four stars for keeping me completely captivated and 5 for the way I will be thinking of this book for many years afterward. I dare you to read it.