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The Lost Glass Plates of Wilfred Eng (Paperback, New edition): Thomas Orton

The Lost Glass Plates of Wilfred Eng (Paperback, New edition)

Thomas Orton

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An intricately plotted, very interesting first novel that intermittently echoes both Gaddis's The Recognitions and Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman while patiently tracing a disgraced artist's arduous path toward some sort of authenticity in his personal life. Seattle photographer (and art historian) Robert Armour unwittingly committed fraud when he brokered the sale of several erotic photographs falsely represented to him as the work of Edward Weston. A chance to restore his reputation arises when Robert discovers, in the home of "rich no-talent" amateur painter Judith Lund, a set of photographic plates he instantly recognizes as the work of Chinese-American master Wilfred Eng, a revered landscape photographer whose deepest energies had been dedicated to "portraying the racial imbalance in America." The negatives that Robert has stumbled onto are nudes, studies of Ellen McFarland, the young wife of a San Francisco millionaire - and, as had been previously disclosed, in a titillating "scholarly" volume (Love Diary of a San Francisco Lady), Wilfred Eng's lover. Orton's tricky narrative deftly balances the intrigues into which Robert's scheme to market the negatives quickly plunges him - and which also involve Robert's divorced Diane Mays and her young son "Budge," a duplicitous colleague (Parker Lange) and his twin mistresses, the wrathful Judith, and the profit-motivated Eng descendants - against the plaintive testimony of Ellen McFarland's candid meditative outpourings (of which there's rather more than initially meets the eye, so to speak), and the eventually revealed troth about Wilfred Eng's real feelings toward the wife of a plutocrat who represented everything the reformer in Eng had hated. A clever, highly informed dramatization of the troth that Robert Armour thinks only he understands: "If old photography taught any lesson it was that no one could live without the past, even if they [sic] wanted to." An unusual and beguiling debut performance. (Kirkus Reviews)
A stunning first novel-morally refined, historically accurate, and ripe with mystery and intrigue . Disgraced photo dealer and art historian Robert Armour stumbles upon the long-lost glass negatives of Chinese-American photographer Wilfred Eng. The plates, nudes of a beautiful young woman taken in 1874, bring certainty to the rumor of an interracial affair between Eng and Ellen McFarland, wife of the business tycoon who was Eng's patron. Their difficult affair becomes an obsession for Armour and the backdrop for the novel as he struggles for professional redemption and love. 001 1582431264


Imprint: Counterpoint,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: December 2000
Authors: Thomas Orton
Dimensions: 180 x 147 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-58243-125-3
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 1-58243-125-6
Barcode: 9781582431253

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