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This is one of my favorite books Whereas Theroux often has a hard time depicting love convincingly and sometimes doesn t even try, I found the unrequited love between brother and sister in this book to be fierce and intensely tragic The historical backdrop of the development of photography is brilliantly conceived and realized, as is the ongoing dialogue of the old woman, retired, reliving her past on Cape Cod, with a naive young agent who has arrived to help her prepare a retrospective exhibi This is one of my favorite books Whereas Theroux often has a hard time depicting love convincingly and sometimes doesn t even try, I found the unrequited love between brother and sister in this book to be fierce and intensely tragic The historical backdrop of the development of photography is brilliantly conceived and realized, as is the ongoing dialogue of the old woman, retired, reliving her past on Cape Cod, with a naive young agent who has arrived to help her prepare a retrospective exhibition In many ways uncharacteristic of Theroux s brash, egocentric style, this book uses a strong feminine voice that evokes a very unforgettable personality Good fun to read.May, 2011 I just finished re reading this book for the third time and loved it evenPaul Theroux s early work displays a genius with prose that is nothing less than exquisite in Picture Palace The plot is full of delightful ironies the photographer who goes blind and who is unrecognized because she has never allowed herself to be photographed At one point Theroux unleashes an unforgettable diatribe against pornography as the lowest form of photography Maud Pratt s series of portraits of famous writers allows him to get in a few digs about authors he loves or hates.Theroux was at his best in the late 70s, early 80s with works such as The Consul s File, The Mosquito Coast, and The Great Railway Bazaar, then began to deteriorate badly with such embarrassing flops as Kingdom by the Sea, O Zone, and The Black House It s astonishing how his style changed for the worse over time This one, however, will always remain at the top of my list What an unusual story It started too slowly for me but it got muchinteresting as I went along I gave it a 4 and not a 5 because Theroux didn t do a great job with a woman s voice I ve never had one negative thing to say about him in the past, but this was not up to his usual quality. World famous photographer Maude Coffin Pratt has pointed her lens at the beautiful, obscure, and obscene, and at the private places and public parts of the famous, from Gertrude Stein to Graham Greene When the seventy year old Maude rummages through her archives in preparation for a triumphant retrospective, the resurrected images unleash a flood of suppressed memories of her extraordinary life, her celebrated subjects, and the dark, painful secret at the core of her existenceTheroux s superbly crafted, elegantly controlled novel Washington Post Book Review Vibrant and compellingPaul Theroux at his satirical best Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review Profound and effective, not to mention entertaining For all the peculiar brilliance of its surface, Picture Palace is a novel whose depths you can drown in Absolutely brilliant Christopher Lehmann Haupt, The New York Times Dazzling audacious altogether captivating The Philadelphia Inquirer Bill, Central patron, August 2019, 3 stars A novel about a woman photographer I wasn t thrilled with the plot, but the author s creative use of the English language was wonderful One example The spikes of mist began to lift on the crewcut marshes and revealed in flecks of escaping light nature s frostbitten eyesores. One of our favorite Penguins EVER On par with Graham Greene in the field of simplified human studies. I loved the wit in this novel. Awful theme, awful protagonist, awful inscrutable interior dialog Could not finish. Fascinating character study that deservesthan the melodrama driving it. Read this book solely because it is so rare for me to have a physical copy of anything that if i ever have an actual book, I NEED to read it Never have i powered through the pages of a book out of pure spite for the main character as much as this one For most of the book I found maude completely unbearable she is so obtuse, so self centered, so unaware of how anyone aside from herself is capable of complexity I was reading on for the eventual heartbreak, or tragedy, or anything that would ho Read this book solely because it is so rare for me to have a physical copy of anything that if i ever have an actual book, I NEED to read it Never have i powered through the pages of a book out of pure spite for the main character as much as this one For most of the book I found maude completely unbearable she is so obtuse, so self centered, so unaware of how anyone aside from herself is capable of complexity I was reading on for the eventual heartbreak, or tragedy, or anything that would hold her by the shoulder and rattle her with as much intensity as i would if i were to actually meet this woman And then that moment came and it went and multiple times I asked myself why I was still reading and yet i was Theroux truly gets at the heart of the matter with this masterful novel Maude Pratt is one cantankerous woman, yet so complicated and obtuse She is the master mistress of her fate and so keeps plugging along The writing is beautiful take any sentence and enjoy I thought the plot of her life unique, with her unrequited love for Orlando through dedicating her whole career for the chance of attaining that love.