Lime's Photograph

Lime's Photograph

Book - 2002
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When Danish paparazzo Peter Lime routinely snaps a Spanish minister out with his mistress, his world is turned upside down. When a fire destroys his home, but not all of his photographs, he sets out to discover a motive and finds himself drawn into the complex web of international terrorism.
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2002.
ISBN: 9781860469886
1860469884
Branch Call Number: FICTION Davidsen Leif
Characteristics: 352 p. ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Lime's billede

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CB2295
Jan 09, 2012

This book is well written in some ways and it conveys the atmosphere of a place rather well, but it’s often overly melodramatic in the style of standard-issue airport fiction, the storyline’s too simplified and it’s all too easy to see the broad outlines of what is to come even if one does not always know the specific context of the events to come; worse for me, a big part of the book revolves around Cold War propaganda that’s too often used gratuitously, presumably for the benefit of Americans and other readers who swallowed that propaganda whole; such readers will love the Us-Good-Them-Bad flavour of a lot of this book while it carefully sweeps inconvenient truths under the carpet, such as the extent to which the West did and still does do exactly the same kinds of things for which this book excoriates the East; a good example of such totally-unnecessary inclusion of propaganda is the description of some East European’s uniform as being ugly, but I once accidentally shared a restaurant table in East Berlin with two East German border guards and my own experience was that their uniforms looked no better and no worse than the uniforms worn by such people in Western countries, just different; the book does make a brief excursion into how in Denmark things are not always as they appear but, even then, these “revelations” have to do with domestic Danish politics rather than involving international events or national events in other countries; overall this book was quite often unnecessarily silly and annoying, even childishly simplified, especially during the last quarter of it

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Now4Ever
Oct 01, 2011

Leif Davidsen's main character was a young man in the 60s and 70s. We see how, even though he decides later on to become a paparazzo, his ideals remain hidden inside himself as he contemplates human nature in the face of a world ravaged by political conflict and amidst the incredible violence and loss that he personally endures.

The character’s insight adds a rich background to this well-written novel, furthermore, this is one of the reasons why I enjoy reading European authors, who in most cases, feel compelled to dwell with realistic political issues and philosophizing about the human condition rather than thrillers based on clichés or pure empty action.

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