“The Intimate Portrait of a Lifetime” by William Boyd
“The Intimate Portrait of a Lifetime” is the story of the love and romance between two lovers. It’s not your typical love story. In fact, it’s an intimate portrait that tells a tale about a man’s struggle to reconcile his relationship with a woman he adores.
When we meet Mr. X we are introduced to his past, his family, and even a few hints about his future. He’s an odd man, but he’s interesting enough. And we have to admit, at times it’s hard to understand Mr. X, let alone sympathize with him. But Mr. X has a unique perspective on the world around him; the sort that can be difficult to find in books.
X’s girlfriend, Ms. T, seems to be almost more interested in his money than in him. She wants to know what he does all day, and she is curious about how much he makes (or makes her think he makes as much).
But X is far from perfect. He has a secret addiction to alcohol, which he hides from Ms. T. He also is not perfect at love. There are many moments where we wonder if he can handle the love he shares with his girlfriend; and even if he is ready for a serious relationship.
“The Intimate Portrait of a Lifetime” is a story about life and love; and as such is both sad and hopeful. But then again, there is a hopeful side to “The Intimate Portrait of a Lifetime.” When X falls in love with Ms. T, he realizes that there is nothing wrong with his addiction to alcohol; and that there’s always someone willing to give him a second chance.
The ending of “The Intimate Portrait of a Lifetime” is sweet and sad at the same time. It’s the kind of ending you might expect from a romantic novel. But the book doesn’t end there. We learn that Mr. X’s addiction is only one part of the story; and that the rest of it is as fascinating as the one we just read.
In “The Intimate Portrait of a Lifetime,” Mr. X finds that he can use his past to learn how to live his present. This book is about hope – and how hope can help people overcome obstacles and change their lives. It’s about being able to face what’s been taken away from us. It’s about knowing that there are better days ahead.
This is a very good read for anyone who wants a little something about his/her past, especially if they are searching for something that makes them feel like their story isn’t over. as yet. You can also appreciate it for those who are searching for a great romance and adventure. And if you’re someone who is looking for something different in romance, but who can handle some serious, this is definitely for you.
If you haven’t tried reading a book about someone’s past before, I highly recommend this one as a first read. You will enjoy it. I know I did.