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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569245266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569245262
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,942,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A 14-year-old Odessa boy skips his violin lessons to go swimming in Isaac Babel's "Awakening." A prim Washington lawyer exults in an extramarital dalliance with his wife's friend in John Updike's "Baby's First Step." Characters like these take flight from everyday responsibilities in Escape: Stories of Getting Away. The collection, edited by Reed College Russian professor Lena Lencek and Yale University professor of medicine Gideon Bosker (who co-edited The Beach, among other anthologies) includes pieces by Harold Brodkey, Nella Larson, D. H. Lawrence, Ivan Bunin, George Saunders, Michael Chabon and other luminaries past and present.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Emily Dickinson wrote, "I never hear the word `escape' without a quicker blood." This collection offers a wonderful variety of short stories, novel excerpts, and narrative nonfiction that represents the escapism and excitement often associated with it. In their introduction, editors Lencek and Bosker, who have co-written more than ten books, including Sail Away and Beach: Stories by the Sand and Sea, describe reading as one form of escape that is the most "accessible and suggestive." They offer here stories written by an eclectic group, including Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Parsons, Vladimir Nabokov, Issac Bashevis Singer, and John Updike. The works are grouped thematically: the initial stories focus on escapes into life (the adolescent in Parsons's work who yearns for maturity) and narratives that describe escape from restrictive or life-threatening situations (Churchill's riveting account of his prison break during the Boer War), while the latter stories depict escape through affection (Updike's story of infidelity) and or as transcendence (Singer's portrayal of aging). Each story explores the idea of escape very differently, but as the introduction notes, they all demonstrate that "to escape is human." Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries. Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on June 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
The title alone was enough to attract me to this book. Then when I read the 'contents', I was intrigued, captivated, hooked. The caliber of the contributors to this compilation was the clincher: Harold Brodkey, D.H. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Vladmimir Nabokov, George Saunders, John Updike, Isaac Bashevis Singer - these were the authors I recognized. There are several others whose names were unfamiliar. The introduction by Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker gives an overview of mankinds need to escape to a place between the real and imaginery. They chronicle many experiences that are common to all human beings which are a prelude to escape, sometimes escape is a choice, other times a natural process in the human developmental life cycle, and other times ... it is uncontrollable historical events that create conditions making it intolerable to stay. Needless to say, the authors create a great build-up for reading their selection of stories. The introduction is a marveloulsy written prelude that creates an even greater desire to read the stories.
Harry Brodkey's story "Verona: a Young Woman Speaks" chronicles the adventure of a young family on a visit to Italy as told through the eyes their daughter. It describes the feelings within a family, the relationships, the social standing, the cultural outlook from the eyes of a young girl, who is about 5 or 6 years old. It is an evocative writing technique that conveys the emotional relationships within the family most effectively. Isaac Babel tells us what it was like growin up in Odessa, Russia at the turn of the century. He describes the grown-ups dreams of raising a child prodigy, who would bring honor to the family, and most importantly, a large income.
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