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[EPUB] ✶ The Photograph Author Penelope Lively – Eiyo.us

The Photograph Booker Prize Winning Novelist Penelope Lively S Latest Masterpiece Opens With A Snapshot Kath, Before Her Death, At An Unknown Gathering, Holding Hands With A Man Who Is Not Her Husband The Photograph Is In An Envelope Marked DON T OPEN DESTROY But Kath S Husband Does Not Heed The Warning, Embarking On A Journey Of Discovery That Reveals A Tight Web Of Secrets Within Marriages, Between Sisters, And At The Heart Of An Affair Kath, With Her Mesmerizing Looks And Casual Ways, Moves Like A Ghost Through The Memories Of Everyone Who Knew Her And A Portrait Emerges Of A Woman Whose Life Cannot Be Understood Without Plumbing The Emotional Depths Of The People She TouchedPropelled By The Author S Signature Mastery Of Narrative And Psychology, The Photograph Is Lively At Her Very Best, The Dazzling Climax To All She Has Written Before

[EPUB] ✶ The Photograph  Author Penelope Lively – Eiyo.us
  • Paperback
  • 231 pages
  • The Photograph
  • Penelope Lively
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 0142004421

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  1. says:

    Imagine the audacity of an author, writing a book containing not a single likable character Who would have the nerve, the balls to do that Penelope Lively, that s who, and her little venture has paid off handsomely in a well crafted, absorbing book, full of scoundrels and harpies, that makes you pay attention to these people, even as your fingers throb with the desire to throttle them.Glyn discovers a photo of his late wife She is clasping hands with another man It is a picture of thinly disg Imagine the audacity of an author, writing a book containing not a single likable character Who would have the nerve, the balls to do that Penelope Lively, that s who, and her little venture has paid off handsomely in a well crafted, absorbing book, full of scoundrels and harpies, that makes you pay attention to these people, even as your fingers throb with the desire to throttle them.Glyn discovers a photo of his late wife She is clasping hands with another man It is a picture of thinly disguised lust The other man is her brother in law, Nick Glyn s first thought after Son of a bitch is to share the misery The swine runs straight to his dear, dead wife s sister, Elaine, to expose her husband for the lying, cheating bastard he is This leads to a portentous chain of events and the introduction of evenloathsome characters.And yet, I had trouble putting the book down I had to know what was going to happen next How could all these awful people have such a hold on me These people, so caught up in their own lives that they failed to notice the needs of others they could not see the loneliness and boredom in the eyes of their supposed loved ones.And then, I realizedoh, crap I m guilty of these crimes I barely glanced at my husband as he left for work this morning And what shirt was my son wearing today Did I even look Perhaps I should start againWhat author would dare to reveal us for the monsters we really are Thoughtless, uncaring, oblivious


  2. says:

    After his wife s death Glyn finds a photograph of her covertly holding the hand of her sister s husband What follows is a narrative investigating how fundamentally unknowable everyone is Glyn confronts his wife s sister with the photograph and all of a sudden various people who thought they had people boxed are compelled to revise their ideas The four characters of this novel are brilliantly drawn, each one Lively brings vividly to life And she s so good at writing about relationships It re After his wife s death Glyn finds a photograph of her covertly holding the hand of her sister s husband What follows is a narrative investigating how fundamentally unknowable everyone is Glyn confronts his wife s sister with the photograph and all of a sudden various people who thought they had people boxed are compelled to revise their ideas The four characters of this novel are brilliantly drawn, each one Lively brings vividly to life And she s so good at writing about relationships It reminded me a little of Rosamund Lehman s The Echoing Grove, also about sister rivalry Lehman s novel is essentially a beautiful written and cleverly structured romance whereas this goes deeper However I prefer Lehman s book This rather fizzled out towards the end There was a sense that what was proposed as an anarchic event simply caused a storm in a teacup A solid rather than inspired novel Moon Tiger remains my favourite of her novels by a long stretch


  3. says:

    I d been hoping to read another Lively soon and then I d happened to eavesdrop on an online conversation between two writers, one saying she couldn t stop thinking of this novel and the other saying she kept trying to figure out how Lively did it , which by that I took to mean its structure I was intrigued enough to immediately request it from the library While I do not feel that level of obsession over this novel the two writers felt, I understand it In fact, obsession is one of its theme I d been hoping to read another Lively soon and then I d happened to eavesdrop on an online conversation between two writers, one saying she couldn t stop thinking of this novel and the other saying she kept trying to figure out how Lively did it , which by that I took to mean its structure I was intrigued enough to immediately request it from the library While I do not feel that level of obsession over this novel the two writers felt, I understand it In fact, obsession is one of its themes the understandable, though selfish, compulsion to reorder memories after learning a key piece of knowledge not discovered until years later.Those who should be closest to the hovering, deceased life force of the novel do not see her for who she is the most perceptive is not a family member but one who doesn t take her for granted and another we hear from much later The disparate voices eventually come together in what I keep thinking is a gentle way, though the topic is not a gentle one perhaps that is due to Lively s prose that seems to understand and encompass all


  4. says:

    While the premise was totally interesting, the implementation of it was NOT Plot was meandering not in a good way , characters were almost all unsympathetic, and it was just sort of boring overall I did read it and finish it, but only because I was on a 13 hour flight and had nothing better to do Not horrible, but not as entertaining as I d like a book to be.


  5. says:

    Thank you, thank you, Penelope Lively At a time when I really needed a good writer to tell a good story about real grown ups dealing with real situations, this novel came along.At the outset, landscape historian Glyn is rummaging around for a paper he needs and finds an old photograph kept by his wife, who had died some years before In it, she is seen surreptitiously holding hands with his brother in law, Nick This starts him out on a journey to discover what was going on, andimportantl Thank you, thank you, Penelope Lively At a time when I really needed a good writer to tell a good story about real grown ups dealing with real situations, this novel came along.At the outset, landscape historian Glyn is rummaging around for a paper he needs and finds an old photograph kept by his wife, who had died some years before In it, she is seen surreptitiously holding hands with his brother in law, Nick This starts him out on a journey to discover what was going on, andimportantly, to find out whether his memory of his wife is deeply flawed.In the process, we meet Nick, a perpetual boy living off his successful landscape designer wife, Elaine Both are drawn so skillfully by Lively that you can be disgusted with Nick s fecklessness and attracted to him at the same time, and you can admire Elaine s courage and work ethic while still seeing the emotional distance she imposes on others Floating through it all is enigmatic Kath, Elaine s beautiful sister, who is dead and whose image now has to be reshaped by everyone who knew her.Like so many good novels about the human condition, this is not a story filled with action or plot twists or sudden shocks it islike real life, compelling and absorbing and meaningful in quieter andcomplicated ways


  6. says:

    THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS The Photograph was one of those books that initially it may appear to be somewhat dull and boring, but what a great read it turned out to be Penelope does a great character study of Kath and the impact that those around her had on her life In the process she gives us extensive background in depth insight into the characters of each of these people There s Glyn, the husband Elaine, the sister Polly, the niece Nick, the brother in law Oliver, the THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS The Photograph was one of those books that initially it may appear to be somewhat dull and boring, but what a great read it turned out to be Penelope does a great character study of Kath and the impact that those around her had on her life In the process she gives us extensive background in depth insight into the characters of each of these people There s Glyn, the husband Elaine, the sister Polly, the niece Nick, the brother in law Oliver, the photographer Mary Packard, the elusive friend that we don t know much about until near the end and a sundry of peripheral people in Kath s life For much of the novel we are left to speculate as to how Kath dies, but if one reads closely, it is very apparent that she commits suicide ten years into her marriage Glyn finds a photograph years after her death of her discreetly holding hands with Nick, her brother in law A note is with it from Nick making her aware of it asking her to destroy it which she does not Glyn is in a quandary over this turn of events being the historical researcher he is, pursues forinformation with an obsession Did Nick Kath have an affair How long did it last Were there others As Glyn attempts to find answers he stirs up a real can of worms because he confronts all involved those who knew or didn t know anything about the photograph Elaine kicks Nick out he is so dependent on Elaine financially and otherwise that he moves in with his daughter, Polly, which totally disrupts her life Elaine will not discuss the matter with Polly or Nick The last person that Glyn finally finds to talk to toward the end of the novel after coming to many dead ends in his pursuit forinformation, is Mary Packard, who seems to have been Kath s one only true friend Glyn, Elaine Oliver wind up having a lengthy conversation with Mary learning who the real Kath was Each of them had been going about their lives to Kath seemingly constantly inadvertently putting her real needs aside Keep in mind Kath was a beautiful woman with few aspirations other than to be needed and loved, but no one seemed to realize this Everyone knew she was beautiful, but didn t try to see the person underneath the beauty For me this novel emphasizes the importance of listening to our loved ones and our friends and expressing our love not just assuming, oh they know Polly in describing one of her days seems to summarize in a nutshell how many of his go about our lives breezing through our work, exact, but not exactly enough socializing usefully with our colleagues This book prompts one to take a look around at the people we know, perhaps the people we ve dismissed from our lives that we saw as beautiful, self centered or callous Do we really see people we know inside Do we listen Do we know each other s real needs If we have something niggling at the back of our brain, do we stop to ask ourselves, are we listening, what is our subconscious telling us to pay attention to Can we change our impact on someone s life The novel takes us through what many might think superfluous information, but at the end one should see that this exploration into the character s everyday lives their interactions or lack thereof with Kath were necessary to see the whole picture understand the purpose of the book When thinking about what happened to Kath, Oliver says it so well, He saw dimly, inexplicably that in some disturbing way what had happened was heralded, that there had always been something troubled about Kath, something that set her apart Behind and beyond her looks, her manner, there had been some dark malaise But nobody ever saw it, back then, he thought All you saw was her face Oliver mentions the Latin phrase, lacrimae rum, in the last pages which he considered untranslatable When I looked it up, there were a few translations, but the one that touched me was by Robert Fagles, The world is a world of tears, and the burdens of mortality touch the heart Robert Fitzgerald translates it as They weep here For how the world goes, and our life that passes Touches their hearts In the end, all those touched by Kath change in their thoughts perceptions Elaine welcomes Nick back home, Polly finds what she thinks might be true love Glyn continues prodding along with his work and finds that he has to find a new way of living with Kath, or rather a way of living with a new Kath And of living without her, in a fresh, sharp deprivation


  7. says:

    Walking along the beach one day, my friend Paul told me that he d saved a young man trying to kill himself there not so long ago Upon engaging the distraught would be suicider, he discovered that the reason for his unhappiness with the world, or with himself, was his extreme beauty It prevented normal relations with people, with the world.This is a story of such a person I imagine it s impossible to understand unless one is in that position We have no conception, after all, that one could b Walking along the beach one day, my friend Paul told me that he d saved a young man trying to kill himself there not so long ago Upon engaging the distraught would be suicider, he discovered that the reason for his unhappiness with the world, or with himself, was his extreme beauty It prevented normal relations with people, with the world.This is a story of such a person I imagine it s impossible to understand unless one is in that position We have no conception, after all, that one could be too beautiful Too ugly maybe, too tall, too intelligent, but never too beautiful Difficult as it may be to grasp to see the burden of it, to empathise with it, Lively delivers rest here


  8. says:

    I looked forward with great anticipation to Penelope Lively s The Photograph I believe it was selected for Today s Book Club, and most reviews have been very favorable I must admit that I was highly saddened I rarely discover a book I don t enjoy at least in some aspects, but I must say this one is an exception I read the first few chapters, then thumbed through the rest, eager to find something that would peek my curiosity, really anything, that might capture my attention, but it in no way h I looked forward with great anticipation to Penelope Lively s The Photograph I believe it was selected for Today s Book Club, and most reviews have been very favorable I must admit that I was highly saddened I rarely discover a book I don t enjoy at least in some aspects, but I must say this one is an exception I read the first few chapters, then thumbed through the rest, eager to find something that would peek my curiosity, really anything, that might capture my attention, but it in no way happened The book to me was wearisomely uninteresting, so much so that as short as it is I barely made it through half of the book I could have cared less about the ending


  9. says:

    This book won the Booker Prize, so I sort of expected a littleIt was an engaging enough read, but I figured out the great revelation of the book halfway through and then just had to wait to get there Most of the characters spend the book gradually realizing how self absorbed they are, which is sort of the message of the book, but I found their self absorption so annoying that I felt like I couldn t appreciate the lesson.


  10. says:

    After reading a few novels by Penelope Lively I know not to expect a page turning plot Instead, Lively develops characters and events that seem to come directly from an average life but she shows us a new way of looking at them In this case, we never really meet Kath but we learn about her from those who should be closest to her but they also never really know her until long after she is gone How many people in our own lives do we know and know us deeply At times I felt like Kath may have After reading a few novels by Penelope Lively I know not to expect a page turning plot Instead, Lively develops characters and events that seem to come directly from an average life but she shows us a new way of looking at them In this case, we never really meet Kath but we learn about her from those who should be closest to her but they also never really know her until long after she is gone How many people in our own lives do we know and know us deeply At times I felt like Kath may have been her own worst enemy but then again are these reliable narrators And, as in life, is there really a true version of any story or are there only different versions of what each person experienced

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