How well in fact did anyone know Kath? This slight novel, 231 pages, pulls no punches, employs no gimmicks, promises nothing it does not deliver. She is also extremely loyal to the one who she married although her needs were not met in terms of love and affection that she yearned for. And what shirt was my son wearing today? They discover her frailty, and their own capacity to destroy, too late. I must admit that I was highly saddened. This one is deftly edged with humour. Not recommended to those who prefer a gripping plot. If you're expecting a plot, then you'll probably want to skip it.
He is unable to hear what people say about Kath. Writing this review, I had the feeling of some other author hovering over Penelope Lively's novel. But unfortunately, Nick just saw Kath as every man saw her an object of their lust. Los Angeles Times An ingenious premise for a novel and Penelope Lively. Lively was shortlisted for the : once in 1977 for her 1st novel, , and again in 1984 for. But Nick, too, is a bit of an ass: a dilettante, who had learned to batten on his wife's superior maturity to run his life, and on her earnings to replace his wine and car.
Both Glyn and Elaine were workaholics and never faced Kath's I think she realized that she was far from perfect; that she had failed her own sister. In fact he opens it and along with it opens a can of worms. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. There is one other significant character in that photograph, Kath's friend Mary Packard. I think the book is silly, character were not likeable or even really believable to me. The thing that she wants more than anything is to be loved for who she is not what she looks like. Whereas Nick is enthusiastic about new ideas and projects, Elaine prefers to plod along and be realistic in creating her work.
Her incandescence comes through from the very beginning, but as we move through the heart of the novel into its poignant conclusion, we begin to glimpse the real woman behind the brilliant glow, and each of the characters finds something different in the Kath whom they thought they knew. The characters in this book were very well developed, but that's really the only positive thing I have to say. The reflections are quite other; everything has swung and shattered, it is all beyond recovery. She desperately sought someone to love her, but never could. Both with memory in the historical sense and memory in the personal sense. 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.
That is a grabber for sure, one that insures the reader will continue on. . Los Angeles Times An ingenious premise for a novel and Penelope Lively. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. This is a book you will either love or hate. Her suicide is the consequence of disappointment, not in any affair, but in the limitations of those who purported to love her most. The people who knew her slightly seem to be more in touch with her than her family - husband, sister, brother-in-law, niece.
It is a picture of thinly disguised lust. Still the ride as the characters come to grips with what they knew, didn't know, didn't want to know, didn't see, saw, assumed, etc. Searching for a particular file, he stumbles on an envelope marked 'keep', with a photograph inside that turns his life upside down. I rambled through the early chapters rather impatiently, enjoying the writing but not really interested, until the characters started to react to the main event--the finding of an old photograph that pictures the now-dead Kath, a married woman a Okay, I think Penelope Lively is quite a good writer, based on her reputation and the two books I have read by her. This book's central McGuffin, the discovery of a decade-old photograph showing that Kate now dead had an affair with her sister's husband, didn't seem all that promising to me. Elaine herself is no moral oil-painting.
Details in the photo, and a brief note that he finds with it, suggest that there are aspects of Kath's married life that he didn't know. If you appreciate clear simple language which lays bare the hidden heart in all its complexity, you should read this fine book. I like the easy style. But, as contemporary fiction has taught us, the past, like the truth, is a very dark horse. Propelled by the author's signature mastery of narrative and psychology, The Photographis Lively at her very best, the dazzling climax to all she has written before. 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. The place where this occurs in the real world with everyday frequency is in the realm of knowledge and especially science.
Lively's novel The Photograph begins straightforwardly enough: Glyn, a landscape historian rummaging through old papers in his closet, discovers an envelope he's never seen. It is equally absorbing, but I think the greater achievement. Thanks for keeping this one at the intriguing level. Another addition to his charmed life. I agree with you about the opening sentence.
Many years after her death, her husband, Glyn, fi This is a book you will either love or hate. She later won the 1987 for her novel. Where he carries the reader to the heart of his observation in a closing spiral of phrases set off by commas, Lively offers carefully-spun details, the particulars of work and relationships. Glyn is self-centred and obsessional; his need to know is overpowering. For this reason alone, I enjoyed reading The Photograph.
Like so many good novels about the human condition, this is not a story filled with action or plot twists or sudden shocks -- it is more like real life, compelling and absorbing and meaningful in quieter and more complicated ways. When you push for information, search for the truth, you can find out more than you're prepared for, you can stir up a hornets' nest. Had Lively not already won the Booker Prize with , it would be easy to see this novel as a strong contender. Glyn totally does not know who Kath really was aside from being his trophy wife. It definitely won't be the last. The novel is at once spare in its exploration of the meaning of the life of the central character, Kath, who is the only voice missing from the text. All told, the plot is: lively, charismatic Kath is dead and her husband finds a photograph while looking through her papers that shows that she had an affa This book currently has a 3.