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How does Boyd's use of photographs add to your reading experience?

Created: 05/30/16

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davinamw

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How does Boyd's use of photographs add to your reading experience?

How does Boyd's use of photographs add to your reading experience? Do you agree that a picture tells a thousand words?


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reene

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He certainly selected the photographs very carefully. They were so much a part of the story, I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a true memoir, that Amory was not the photographer that took these photos. They definitely added to the story.


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Maggie

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I loved the photographs. Glancing through the book before I started reading and seeing the photographs I thought this novel was historical fiction. Upon Googling I discovered the truth. I am amazed that the author found these photos in antique shops, junk stores etc. He did an excellent job in choosing them


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katherinep

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They added such a sense of reality, it was almost impossible to think of the book as fiction. It was an intriguing and richly enhancing addition to an already enjoyable book.


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laurap

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I loved the photographs. They are so thoroughly integrated into the book that it is difficult to remember that the book was fiction and the photographer is fictional. They are a wonderful touch that adds tremendous credibility to Boyd's story.


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melanieb

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The photographs are what makes this novel quality reading and not just a "romance" story. The pictures underscore a story that words alone cannot describe. I could put a face to the written descriptions and characterizations and this made the writing seem more factual.


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rosienick

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I really enjoyed the photos. When I discovered that Boyd sort of wrote TO the photos, I found them even more interesting. This was a wonderful way to tell a story using photos of unknown people. I wonder if anyone will ever recognize him/herself in one of the photos.


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ruthiea

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I loved the photographs, although I started to notice that the people in them did not always look like who they were supposed to be - most notably the two photos of Sholto - who did not look the same in the 2 pics. I found the woman who was supposed to be Armory much less attractive than her description...this was also the case with Cleve's wife. That I found distracting. It did make the book fell more non-fiction than fiction!


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gwenc

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This is the third fiction book I have read with real photos throughout. I found myself continually wondering as to how much the photos influenced the story, and as the characters emerged, did the photo selection change, etc. The photos are a definite, but at times confusing (like ruthless said) asset.


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KateB

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Here is a link to an article about the photographs in Sweet Caress. It's fascinating!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/william-boyd-sweet-caress-photographs


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reene

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I thought the photos added so much to the story, however, when I got to the pictures of Viet Nam I felt squeamish. All these young men. I began to wonder what if someone reading the book came across a photo of their brother or friend?


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louisee

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The photographs are a wonderful addition, enhancing the story. I knew the story was fiction but the photographs had me doubting this until I read about the author's use of them, very clever. It gave you a real taste of the time period.


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DFSn180

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RE: How does Boyd's use of photographs add to your reading experience?

I kept trying to decide if the photos came first or the story and Mr. Boyd ran around trying to find photos that fit. I love old photos but would never consider Amory a "good" photographer.


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paml

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It took me far into the novel before I came across information that let me know that Amory was a fictitious photographer. The photos not only added to the believability of Amory, but also served as a photographic journey through moments in history. Loved the addition of the photographs.


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hahiramom

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RE: How does Boyd's use of photographs add to your reading experience?

I had to keep reminding myself I was reading a piece of fiction, about a fictional character. The photos did add an air of authenticity and were very reminiscent of those of the early pioneers of the profession especially Margaret Bourke-White.


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poniesnpearls

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RE: How does Boyd's use of photographs add to your reading experience?

Wonderful weaving of fictional characters with real photographs made this book come alive. It was tough to keep remembering that it wasn't all real! The author did a great job of putting everything together.


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AubLibDir

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RE: How does Boyd's use of photographs add to your reading experience?

I agree with the sentiment that the photographs add to the effectiveness of the story telling. However, I think the reader's imagination is sufficiently challenged to make them a "nice addition" and not a necessity.


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