There is a fine line between sanity and insanity. Prize-winning Turkish novelist and journalist, Perihan Magden, pushes the line of clarity in her novel, Escape. Looking deep into the dark abyss of drug use, child abuse and male prostitution the writing is poetic and flows like prose.
Escape has characters that are on the run. Bambi and her mother shift from hotel to hotel, solo, bonding with no one and leaving everything behind them. With each transition into a new hotel, the duo create a home by redecorating with toys, dolls, treasures from the beach and new furnishings. It’s short lived, more than Bambi, a young child, can understand as her mother insists they are a “Moon Unit”, revolving infinitely around one another in their silent world, not really alone. This is the story told by Bambi as she shares this maze of their life and her loyalty to her mother. The book is captivating from the start and written so poetically that even the repetitive days in the hotel become momentous as the labyrinth of horrors unfold just beneath the surface!
It’s a story about love. It’s a story about unspeakable acts that regardless of moral code, capture our sympathy. It’s the expression a mother shares with her child, “with your first breath you took mine away” sounding off over and over again. It’s love deepening regardless of it’s spoken language or country of habitat. It’s giving up everything to protect what you love. It’s delicious delirium!
This story held me hostage. It reflected on my own relationship with my mother–the good and the bad. It’s, I’m sure, a reflection of me, after all, motherhood is the gateway to insanity on some days. It’s the very real accumulation of emotion that takes you from normal to off the charts.
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.
It’s mother and daughter against the world.
Some parts of the book seemed a little unrealistic for me, especially since it takes place in the present time. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it. The writing is very good.
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