The Photograph Paperback – 29 Jan 2004
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One of Lively's most satisfying novels: cleverly conceived, artfully constructed and executed with high intelligence and sensitivity. ("Los Angeles Times") An ingenious premise for a novel and Penelope Lively... spins it out with expert skill. ("The Washington Post") Engrossing... engaging. ("San Francisco Chronicle") Lively's [novel] maintains the high standard her fans have come to expect. It's another shining winner. ("The Boston Globe") Original... bracingly intelligent. Rarely has a subject as elusive as life's messiness been pursued with such unflagging rigor. ("The Atlantic Monthly")
About the Author
Penelope Lively has written many prize-winning novels for adults and children. They include The Road to Lichfield, According To Mark. Moon Tiger (which won the 1987 Booker Prize), Heatwave and Spiderweb. Penelope Lively lives in London N1.
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I found The Photograph an honest and fascinating insight into the many layers of people's lives . If you've ever remembered something about a special day , and a friend has perceived it completely differently , then you will identify with it . I would recommend you read this if you enjoy the minutiae of ordinary people's lives and loves .
The eponymous photograph has lain buried in a cupboard since before Glyn Peters' wife Kath died 10 years ago. Glyn discovers it by chance while searching for some offprints. It is concealed in an envelope in a cupboard where it should not have been, and bears the enjoinder not to open it but to destroy it. Human nature being what is it, Glyn ignores the warning, and his life and his perceptions of Kath and of their relationship are changed forever.
As he becomes obsessed with discovering more about the act of betrayal that has been revealed to him, Glyn pursues the truth, tracking down those who knew Kath at the time, or who might have known her. Slowly, Kath's story is pieced together through the eyes of her sister Elaine, her brother-in-law Nick, her niece Polly, who adored her, and various associates who Glyn suspects might have an inkling of what happened all those years ago. But at what cost?
Penelope Lively writes so sensitively and intelligently about the issues that are closest to people's hearts that her books are a joy to read. Even so, this one, although I'd recommend it, is not in my view one of her best.
way it was written, everything in the present. Found the style a bit jerky. Not her best
I would not bother to read it again
The action of The Photograph begins with the discovery, you will be astounded to learn, of a photograph. Such is the aura of mystery that I had expected some sting in the tale, some disclosure that the photograph was not what it appeared to be. It turns out to be exactly what it appears to be, but I remained in suspense all the same. Why is Kath absent? The first and most obvious guess is that she is dead, and the first and most obvious guess is the right guess. In which case why take so long in confirming this fact? How Kath died is not revealed until near the end, but I had guessed that as well long before I was told, and there is nothing mysterious about it nor even, sad to say, anything very unusual or unexpected. Was this what I had been kept in suspense for? Why Kath died in the way she did is disclosed at the same time, and while I had not worked that bit out it did not startle me in any way when I came to it.
This is the whole trouble with this book - the figure of hints, innuendos and tantalising half-glimpses unravels progressively into someone fairly ordinary suffering a melancholy but ever so slightly prosaic fate.Read more ›
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Echoes of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca ? Managed to read it to the end .. which says something .Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read, a page turner! Very engaging. Fascinating how life can change and never be the same again following one small event such as finding a photograph.Published 8 months ago by boxgirl
A most subtle ghost story, of sorts. The death of the female protagonist, Kath, provokes inquiries in the minds of all of those connected to her. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jon Chambers
http://www.astrokeofink.com/#!the-photograph-by-penelope-lively/c1rfl/553218200cf266495e2e83b0Published 15 months ago by Fatima
Super, as always. Enjoyed every page. Hope there is another new P. L. Inthe offing.Published 17 months ago by Christine Maund
I remember seeing this book on the shelves of a book store in Guam several years ago, and for some reason, did not purchase it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bruce Miller
Anyone who is intrigued by old photos will immediately appreciate the powerful and clever device Penelope Lively has used in this story. Read morePublished 24 months ago by S L Craig