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A beautiful story of unrequited love Very, very wordy, full of wonderful descriptions and inner life of an artist Usually I don t enjoy so many similes, adjectives, beautiful sentences, but it fits this story as we were looking at it through photographer s eyes. Paul Theroux, who may best be known for his travel writing, has written a novel about unrequited love and the way it motivates the life and art of the protagonist While Maude Pratt, world famous photographer, prepares for a retrospective of her work, long suppressed memories come to the forefront of her mind and lead her to the awful truth of a family tragedy.The book explores the creation of art, photography as art and as voyerism, love and unrequited love, beauty out of ugliness, an 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 Existence.Theroux 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 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 I wasn t particularly fond of the story, about an unlovable character a 70 year old female photographer who loved her own brother But the storytelling itself was fascinating, a photographer reviewing her life through her third eye her camera , but also noting all that the camera could not reveal I LOVED this book It s the gorgeously written tale of a pioneering female photographer, whose life is directed by her forbidden love and lust for her charismatic brother, Orlando Picture Palace is gripping and beautiful, melancholic and ultimately tragic I wept real tears for the whole half of one chapter near the end As a landscape photographer, I was impressed by how Theroux really This book is hilarious and witty I highly recommend it The main character is an unattractive seventy something tough cookie who is having a retrospective of her photography at a NYC museum MOMA I think She jumps back in forth between her past and present The story is so good I did not want If you ve ever been a photojournalist, this is the one to read Francisco Goldman gave it to me at the Guatemala airport years ago together with the prescient inscription about how it would one day make sense Frank, you were right. Awful theme, awful protagonist, awful inscrutable interior dialog Could not finish. Fascinating character study that deservesthan the melodrama driving it.