The Escape, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The more I knew of Haffner,' writes Adam Thirlwell in The Escape, 'the more real he became, this was true. And, simultaneously, Haffner disappeared.' In a forgotten spa town snug in the Alps, at the end of the twentieth century, Haffner is seeking a cure, more women, and a villa that belonged to his late wife.

But really he is trying to escape: from his family, his lovers, his history, his entire Haffnerian condition.

For Haffner is 78. Haffner, in other words, is too old to be grown up.




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Was I surprised to find the average rating of this 2.4? I was and I wasn't. At times this novel could be frustrating with its endless reminicising of Haffner's life and his various episodes. The plot is irrelevant almost and what we are left is a man who is trying to make some sense of his life in his final months - what was it all about? Had he made the right decisions? It was the accurate way in which a man can and does think about his own life and particularly the loves in his life that kept me going. We all have a bit of Haffner inside us after all.

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