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The Narrowboat Summer


From the author of Meet Me at the Museum, a charming novel of second chances.
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Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

Created: 02/11/21

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davinamw

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Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

Sally has a camera with her on the trip but reflects that "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments." What do you think she means? How does her perspective bump up against our current social media culture, in which everyday life is often recorded in photos and text?


Posted Feb. 12, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kimk

Join Date: 10/16/10

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RE: Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

I understand the perspective, especially as the trip progressed. It's like traveling by car - it's just moving forward, an action taken to reach a destination. But I'm surprised that she didn't find beautiful scenery to try to capture. Even on a road trip we'll occasionally stop at a landmark to take a picture or two.

That's pretty contrary to our social media culture, of course, where many people document every aspect of their lives.


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tmmarti

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RE: Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

I truly enjoy taking pictures, but there have been those times when I realized I could either mess with the camera and miss the moment, or try to just live the experience. I’m grateful for the occasions where I had the good sense to realize this, and have carried away some happy memories!


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ColoradoGirl

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RE: Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

I think since the experience on the narrowboat was so different, they were fully immersed in the experience. It wasn't meant to be a vacation so taking pictures seemed out of place.


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elise

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RE: Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

I agree with tmmarti - I find myself as I get older, not taking as many pictures and trying to live in the moment. I have so many pictures that I rarely look at that I try now to just remember the full experience - sights, smells, feelings, etc.


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BayParkReader

Join Date: 01/18/17

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RE: Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

Apparently, In the past, Sally only took photos while on vacation. I’ve always loved taking pictures of the everyday moments and find it hard to believe that Sally never saw a view or moment that she wanted to photograph.


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peggyt

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RE: Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

The canal became life, not a trip or a vacation. Especially for Sally, can’t say why, too spoilery. Anyway, if it’s the life you are living, you don’t take pictures, you just live it.


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katherinep

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RE: Discuss, "taking photos as they travelled in the Number One was as unlikely as taking photos at her kitchen sink. This was not a holiday. It was life, going on in unrecorded moments."

I take and have always taken pictures --sometimes non-stop and others just to catch one fleeting moment. I don't think of pictures as something restricted to vacation time. Never do I consider being in a vehicle of any kind, car, ferry, train, plane, bus as merely going from Point A to Point B. For me, photography is a creative art--like painting. But it is also a way of capturing a memory--one that leads to an expansion of that memory when viewed. My husband on the other hand, feels memories should be only in his mind--BUT, as we travel he will often point out a scene that shows varied textures or colors or interesting compositions so maybe I'm developing his artistic eye?


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