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The Photograph
The Photograph
Author: Penelope Lively
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142004425
ISBN-10: 0142004421
Publication Date: 5/25/2004
Pages: 240
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

2.9 stars, based on 136 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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AshleyL avatar reviewed The Photograph on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
The characters in this book were very well developed, but that's really the only positive thing I have to say. I had previously read Penelope Lively's book 'Consequences' and enjoyed it, so I decided to read some of her other books. This one sounded interesting, but I found it slow, boring, and not worth my time.
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Helpful Score: 7
THis book will stay with me for awhile I'm sure. I loved it. As it unfolds much is learned by those in the photograph and the person who took it. It's a lesson in "why didn't I pay more attention at the time". I will be seeking out many more of Ms. Lively's books.
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Helpful Score: 6
Extremely well written novel, and I was captivated throughout by the way the characters were all portrayed as interconnected. I can't say enough about Penelope Lively's writing - it is pure, intelligent literature, and at the same time entertaining and thought-provoking.
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Helpful Score: 6
Ever wonder what the people you love do when you're not around? This book examines this issue using the vehicle of a photograph. The author uses the word "feckless" alot. British Author.
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Helpful Score: 5
I didn't love this book. I found it to drag on and be a little slow. I enjoyed the last 4 chapters the most - they kept my attention.
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This book is beautifully written, but I found myself skimming some parts as it seemed to drag out. A man finds a photograph of his late wife holding hands with her sister's husband, as well as a somewhat incriminating note from one to the other, confirming they were intimately involved (although, you never learn exactly what was in the note). The story is interesting, as you watch the husband research his wife's past - where there others? - as well as scrutinize his own memories of her and their marriage. As other characters - the sister, her husband, the friend who took the photograph - all learn of its existence, they all look back on their lives in a different way.

Not a bad book, but I just wasn't wowed by it.


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