The Big Picture, Paperback book

The Big Picture[Paperback]

by Douglas Kennedy

3.33 out of 5 (3 ratings)

Little, Brown Book Group 
Publication Date:
07 August 2003 
Modern & Contemporary 


On the face of it, Ben Bradford is your standard Wall Street hot shot - Junior partner in a legal firm, 6 figure income, wife and two young kids straight out of a Gap catalogue. But along with the WASP lifestyle comes the sting - Ben hates it. He wants - has always wanted - to be a photographer. When he discovers his wife is playing outside the ground, the consequences of a moment of madness force him to question not just the design of his life but the price of fulfilment. Because finding yourself means nothing when you're pretending to be someone else. From the picket fences of yuppie New England to Montana's untouchable splendour, THE BIG PICTURE spans states and states of mind in a thrilling novel of genuine originality.

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  • must read more by him. wonderful book. not boring, plot, and well written.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I had never heard of Douglas Kennedy, and I am glad to have discovered him. This is a very readable novel about the nature of modern American success, alienation, suburban ennui, and cunning. The author also gives the reader a tour of professional photography and Wall Street law. The main character is very strongly realized, and those that orbit around him, are three-dimensional as well. You want to keep turning pages, but you also want to slow down to appreciate the high level of literacy and the descriptive passages. A very pleasant surprise.

    4.00 out of 5


  • A readable but unremarkable book. First half is quite interesting and suspenseful, then the plot changes direction and everything slows down to the point of boredom. The characters are unlikeable and wooden.

    1.00 out of 5


  • So fast moving and suspenseful, I just could not put it down! Gary always wanted to be a photographer, but instead he ended up a lawyer. When he finds out his wife is cheating on him with a guy he considers a deadbeat, but also happens to be a photographer, he's pretty upset. So upset, in fact, that he does something that will change his life forever. That's about as much as I can tell you without revealing more than the back cover told me. I strongly recommend you pick this book up for yourself. P.S. One small note: the author (or maybe just the narrator) seems extremely preoccupied with the prices of things. I don't think more than two pages went by that we weren't being told what something cost. At first it was a little distracting, but I began to see that it was an interesting way to tie some aspects of the narrator's life "before" and "after" together as well as show contrast. I ended up finding it quite interesting.

    out of 5


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