Of all the literary and cinema genres, the most thrilling is escape. Escape from prison, escape from predators, escape from burning buildings, escape from sinking ships, escape from aliens, escape from prehistoric creatures, escape from eruptions, escape from hurricanes.
Argo by Antonio J. Mendez, 310 pp, 2012 Penguin paperback. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 325 baht
The most dramatic escapes are from countries. When the government is determined to keep you in or catch you if you are on the run, its control of the borders and means of transportation makes it virtually impossible to escape. "Virtually" is the operative term. Meaning possible, however unlikely.
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