|Plot Summary of The Big Picture|
Ben Bradford's father expects him to follow in the lawyer field, but Ben is a born photographer. After a running battle through college, and more than one failed relationship, Ben does his father's bidding and becomes a lawyer.
Ben marries Beth. Although they plan to continue both of their careers and never live in the suburbs, they end up in the burbs with Beth at home trapped with young children. Their marriage goes very sour.
Beth becomes involved with a photographer neighbour and Ben kills the man in a fit of rage. Ben then removes all signs of the murder, and assumes the dead man's identity. This requires Ben to stage his own death and disappearance.
Posing as the murdered man, Ben goes west to small town MOntana, and becomes the photographer he always wanted to be. His incredible success almost causes him to be recognised as the fraud he is.
One person does figure out who Ben is and threatens to blackmail Ben for the rest of his life. In a fortuitous car crash, Ben is given another chance at life when the blackmailer is killed, but mistaken for Ben.
Meanwhile, the woman he has now fallen in love with discovers Ben is a fraud. She is also pregnant with Ben's child. Ben is now totally at her mercy in terms of identity and finances.
She decides to take a chance on Ben for the long run of marriage and a family. She finds a new home and job in LA and Ben digs up a third identity. Ben finds contentment in a simple homelife and begins building his photographic career once more.
This synopsis report prepared by Paulette Halliday
|Chapter Analysis of The Big Picture|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- on the run from the law
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
- a lawyer creature
- New York
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Unusual forms of death
- exploded into bits
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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