Curiosando in un armadio di casa, Glyn Peters, storico e celebre personaggio televisivo, trova casualmente una fotografia che non aveva mai visto prima di allora. Scattata d'estate, diversi anni prima, l'immagine mostra Kath, la bella moglie mancata da poco, con le mani nelle mani di suo cognato. La mente di Glyn inizia ad affollarsi di domande. Chi scattò la fotografia? Dove e quando fu scattata? Chi altro sapeva? E Kath ha fatto in modo che lui trovasse quella foto? Un mondo di certezze, di affetti sembra sgretolarsi e quella donna tanto amata tutto a un tratto diventa una sconosciuta, un enigma.
- ISBN: 8882466590
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 267
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 pa Leggi tutto
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 pe Leggi tutto
I’d been hoping to read another Lively soon and then I 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 Leggi tutto
So it was immediately after I had written the update - "don't like this very much" that this book turned a corner and improved! Having completed the book I can now see our author's structure - and as in my previous Lively reads Ha Ha - I found myself sharing the same response, indeed the same values Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
La novela es como la gráfica de un ritmo cardíaco, pero conformada por un solo pulso: una línea más o menos plana y en niveles bajos que de pronto sube en un pico pronunciado, acompañado de un pitido más o menos estridente, para bajar a continuación hasta una posición similar a la inicial pero modif Leggi tutto
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 w Leggi tutto
*** 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 Leggi tutto
“The dead don’t go; they just slip into other people’s heads.” Kath is dead, but suddenly Kath is everywhere. That is, in the obsessive mind of her widower, Glyn. Searching for a particular file, he stumbles on an envelope marked 'keep', with a photograph inside that turns his life upside down. “ Leggi tutto
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 no Leggi tutto
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