We're talking about "taking in on the lam" and we learn that it means escape. It's nice to escape isn't it? It's a romantic idea... Can you really escape from anything? Truly escape? You'll have to face whatever you're running from.
I used to think running away was brave. You'd have to have the courage to leave. To drop everything you're doing and start something new. To leave all that you know. I don't know what I believe anymore. Isn't running away a sign that you can't face it head on? I waver between bravery and cowardliness.
|What attracted me to request was the cover and the idea of running away.|
With this on my mind, I opened the ARC for the novel, The Innocents (out June 2012), by Francesca Segal. I knew escape was going to be a prevailing theme, as the novel was a modern day Jewish version of The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. In both novels, there's a man who falls in love with a relative of his fiancee. What will they do?
The Age of Innocence is elegantly transposed into a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in northwest England. It's wonderfully written and for a moment, I wish that I could write so eloquently. If only.
That's a predominant theme in this book. If only he, Adam, wasn't engaged, he'd be able to run off with Ellie, his fiancee's cousin. If only... If only I knew what the various Jewish terms in the book meant, I'd be able to like this book a little bit more. Honestly, it's a wonderful book. It's a book that grows on you. Really. However, there's so many Jewish terms and I don't know any of them. I feel like if the Jewish terms were explained, I may have enjoyed it more. Then again, the novel is so entrenched in a Jewish town and it's inner workings that it might be tedious and repetitive to keep explaining. Considering that, Segal did a pretty good job writing the novel.
In all, I'd recommend this book to fans of Edith Wharton.
P.S I received my copy of Vogue (June issue) and there was a short excerpt from The Innocents included, as well as an article by Francesca Segal about herself (and her childhood growing up in a Jewish neighborhood where everyone knew everything about everyone).
Rain Droplets on Window- rikonen.com
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