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Picture Palace 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


About the Author: Paul Theroux

Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar 1975 , a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin Although perhaps best known as a travelogue writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.He is the father of Marcel and Louis Theroux, and the brother of Alexander and Peter Justin Theroux is his nephew.



10 thoughts on “Picture Palace

  1. says:

    This elegant novel may be Theroux s best novel and even his best book It is my favorite of his novels untypical, risk taking, deeply felt, written with passion and humor, as well as with his familiar ability to make his world vivid and dramatic This story of a pioneering woman photographer in the first half of the 20th cent


  2. says:

    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, s


  3. says:

    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


  4. says:

    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.


  5. says:

    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.


  6. says:

    I loved the wit in this novel.


  7. says:

    One of our favorite Penguins EVER On par with Graham Greene in the field of simplified human studies.


  8. says:

    Awful theme, awful protagonist, awful inscrutable interior dialog Could not finish.


  9. says:

    Fascinating character study that deservesthan the melodrama driving it.


  10. says:

    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 ong


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