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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552636623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552636626
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #675,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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For all the excellent reviews it got, my expectations were very high. I was very disappointed. The book's plot was not overwhelming interesting, nor were its characters. The ending was predictable, and the main character lacked any real depth. Maybe I missed something but I couldn't wait to finish it. All of the characters in the story seemed bland and unemotional.
If you are looking for a quick and interesting summer read, try The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman.
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Penelope Lively is a world treasure. I've now read "Moon Tiger" twice and given it to dozens of friends. "The Photograph" stands right along side. This tale is exquisitely heartbreaking and a joy from start to finish. I recommend it highly.
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Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a dispassionate account of a pedantic researcher who methodically seeks to fill in the blanks of his wife's relationships. The author failed to convey to me any sense of passion, pain or failed moments. (...)..a book more suited to a short story.
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This is the story of Kath, told by those who knew her, or didn't, as it turned out in some cases. Kath is vibrant, beautiful, and fun. Everyone loves being around her, it seems. Kath is revealed slowly as the book progresses. The revelation begins when her husband finds a photograph that was supposed to be destroyed. It shakes his world so completely that he in turn shakes the world of others who were living benignly unaware.
I noticed, as I was reading, that in the beginning I did not care about the characters. The author slowly built and developed the characters of Kath, her husband, Glyn, her sister, Elaine, and her brother-in-law, Nick. Each of them became more than I first thought. I wished that they could go back and see Kath for who she really was or wanted to be. This was a great book. I highly recommend it.
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There's something rather charming and certainly delightful about the English novel. I'm often attracted to those that take place in current times, but when I started this one I was a little put off for some reason. Not sure what it was but since I was already in bed and didn't feel like getting up and searching for something else to read, I continued and thank goodness I did.
THE PHOTOGRAPH is so well done. I love a plot that wraps around itself, telling us the story through the eyes of more than one person and doing it in such a way that is both clever and artistic. Penelope Lively accomplished that easily. We never actually meet Kath in life but learn about her in death through the words of her husband, sister, niece, friends, and a somewhat insignificant lover.
Perhaps no one knew Kath while she was alive. The secrets she kept from everyone made her life mysterious in a way no one recognized until after she was gone. Her sister Elaine is so wrapped up with her business of designing gardens and her husband Glyn so engrossed in his career that even if she told them, they probably wouldn't have heard her. So it's rather remarkable to watch as Kath changes the lives of these people even after she has died - and maybe for the better.
A good read for those who like this type of book - people, problems, solutions, and how life goes on.
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