The Big Picture [Paperback]
- Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date:
- 07 August 2003
- Modern & Contemporary
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must read more by him. wonderful book. not boring, plot, and well written.
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.
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.
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.
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