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In this touching and atmospheric novel set among the fishermen of Newfoundland, Proulx tells the story of Quoyle. From all outward appearances, Quoyle has gone through his first 36 years on earth as a big schlump of a loser. He's not attractive, he's not brilliant or witty or talented, and he's not the kind of person who typically assumes the central position in a novel. But Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth. Along the way, we get to look in on the maritime beauty of what is probably a disappearing way of life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Proulx has followed Postcards , her story of a family and their farm, with an extraordinary second novel of another family and the sea. The fulcrum is Quoyle, a patient, self-deprecating, oversized hack writer who, following the deaths of nasty parents and a succubus of a wife, moves with his two daughters and straight-thinking aunt back to the ancestral manse in Killick-Claw, a Newfoundland harbor town of no great distinction. There, Quoyle finds a job writing about car crashes and the shipping news for The Gammy Bird , a local paper kept afloat largely by reports of sexual abuse cases and comical typographical errors. Killick-Claw may not be perfect, but it is a stable enough community for Quoyle and Co. to recover from the terrors of their past lives. But the novel is much more than Quoyle's story: it is a moving evocation of a place and people buffeted by nature and change. Proulx routinely does without nouns and conjunctions--"Quoyle, grinning. Expected to hear they were having a kid. Already picked himself for godfather"--but her terse prose seems perfectly at home on the rocky Newfoundland coast. She is in her element both when creating haunting images (such as Quoyle's inbred, mad and mean forbears pulling their house across the ice after being ostracized by more God-fearing folk) and when lyrically rendering a routine of gray, cold days filled with cold cheeks, squidburgers, fried bologna and the sea.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The style, so mannered. Five barfbags out of five. Full sentences? Few. Dripping with smell of literary parvenu. Read morePublished 12 days ago by K. G. McCann
Annie Proulx was awarded the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for The Shipping News in 1993. In it Proulx chronicles the depressing life of protagonist, Quoyle, a journalist... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa Bourbonnais
This is my "Elevator Test" book. If you read this, and enjoy it, I wouldn't mind being trapped in an elevator with you for a few hours.
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Gripping, painstakingly chosen words, sentences and paragraphs are architected. Unvarnished voice as unique as I’ve read. Like learning a whole new syntax. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rona D. Simmons
The author's style of writing is superb; I feel like I am in the setting as part of the story.
I highly recommend this book!
Good book, better than the movie. Liked the Newfoundland setting. Although strange, was easy to relate to.Published 3 months ago by Dale Lund
An interesting story of two people (Quoyle & Wavey) striving to make a new future, but held back by their respective pasts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lester Simpson
Great writing style. Couldn't put it down. Loved the development of characters, it is inadvertantly about resilience.Published 3 months ago by Sandra Walsh