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The Escher Twist (2002)

de Jane Langton

Séries: Homer Kelly Mystery (16)

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An exhibit of the work of the Dutch artist M. C. Escher is being held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to amateur sleuths Homer and Mary Kelly and their friend Leonard Sheldrake. At the exhibit, Leonard, an avid Escher fan, falls instantly in love with a woman in a green coat who is equally enthralled by Escher's brilliance. To Leonard's dismay, she hurriedly leaves the exhibit, hinting to him that if he knew her better, he would not love her. Homer and Mary offer to help a now desperate Leonard find the woman but end up in an Escher-like labyrinth of their own. Enhanced with Escher illustrations throughout, Langton creates a world where every line, curve, and angle lead to murder.… (mais)
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I've read and enjoyed a number of Jane Langton's Homer Kelly mysteries but this one left me cold. A bit of a clunker, with plot lines that I never really followed and a grand wrapping up that seemed to make very little sense out of it all.
  amyem58 | Feb 24, 2017 |
Better than most of the Kelly series. The M.C. Escher angle was irresistible to me and the Escher illustrations throughout were, in fact, illustrative and illuminating, giving another way (besides the text narrative) to view the story. When the story briefly veers into fantasy (Leonard going into reversal) it's less convincing, and although the circular-unending-funeral-procession theme works fairly well when filtered through the slightly dotty landlady's point of view, it doesn't fly from the perspective of Leonard the scientist. It seemed to me that the author was attempting experimental fiction, which would have been better in a short story with characters that had not previously featured in more conventional narrative. These episodes were mercifully few and not difficult to ignore. In the end, it was an enjoyable book to read and I appreciated Mary Kelly's larger role in this episode. ( )
  muumi | Apr 14, 2016 |
This is a better than average Homer Kelly story, in fact it is as much Mary as it is Homer, a development that Homer reflects upon as an indication of age and experience. There is a ‘young love’ story wrapped into the obligatory murder mystery and with the by-plot of the Kellys considering selling their house and moving to Cambridge, it seems as if Langton may be thinking of that certain stage of life. The Escher theme is well-crafted and closely aligned with the orientation of the protagonist, Leonard, a crystallographer and his would-be girlfriend. The setting, and the story hinges on an Escher image that suggests a meeting of two worlds, as if through a mirror. There is a bit of the supernatural as Leonard seemingly flips from one side of the ‘picture’ to the other, but this twist doesn’t really get off the ground in terms of either driving the plot or creating suspense, though the idea is intriguing. ( )
  JimPratt | Jan 22, 2014 |
i hated this. what did escher have to do with it? who were these people? ( )
  mahallett | Feb 14, 2011 |
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An exhibit of the work of the Dutch artist M. C. Escher is being held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to amateur sleuths Homer and Mary Kelly and their friend Leonard Sheldrake. At the exhibit, Leonard, an avid Escher fan, falls instantly in love with a woman in a green coat who is equally enthralled by Escher's brilliance. To Leonard's dismay, she hurriedly leaves the exhibit, hinting to him that if he knew her better, he would not love her. Homer and Mary offer to help a now desperate Leonard find the woman but end up in an Escher-like labyrinth of their own. Enhanced with Escher illustrations throughout, Langton creates a world where every line, curve, and angle lead to murder.

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