No escape

09/07/2017

“But there’s respect there, one for the other-always among enemies when they’re strong.  And these men with their businesses have enemies all over the place” (60).

I read for pleasure. I read to escape. The “Maisie Dobbs” series by Jacqueline Winspear, is one of my preferred mystery choices for a variety of reasons (I will spare you from my personal biases and prejudices, today, on this front anyway).

Also, I read out of order with series. I read what is readily available. This title was one – discounted at my local bookstore. Who could refuse?  Not I.  Imagine my surprise when I came across some of the dialogue and it sucked me right back into our 2017 politics, at home and globally? I will let you, dear reader, make comparisons, but to me they are obvious. I do not think the author intended this, as the title was put to press long before our presidential election and subsequent tumultuous events centering on hubris and dictators. Nevertheless, here it is. Was she prescient, this Ms. Winspear? Artists are often in tune with the unconscious of society or so it seems to me with my somewhat limited but intense direct experiences. I will brook no argument here; it is personal opinion.

journey-to-munich-225Escape did not come with this title. However, what did surface was this – a reminder that we, as animals, all have this: “…she felt the nape of her neck prickle, as if someone had run a feather across her skin” (7). This behavioral response comes with feeling a threat. The parallels are rooted in biology. The “noise” of tweets, newscasts, online forums cannot compete with the holistic mind/body response. I did not escape with this title.

“The man who was now chancellor took advantage of the situation, his rhetoric mirroring the temper of the times, reflecting the mood of the people and milking it for all it was worth…the crowd devoured every word, more inebriated with drink and hyperbole as the minutes passed…” (96).


Winpsear, Jacqueline. Journey To Munich. HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016. Print.

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